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Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Crafts

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A dozen of today's leading science fiction writers provide an inside look at how their craft is accomplished. An invaluable and delightful tool for anyone who writes, "Paragons" includes advice from Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Greg Bear, and seven others.
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Lucas
May 01, 2009 Lucas rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, writing
The stories are okay to good, the author commentary about each story is the really valuable part. I get a brief inspirational buzz after reading something by an author about writing where I can imagine myself writing, but then get bogged down in coming up with story, characters, and dialogue (are those really necessary?).

Most entertaining is Bruce Sterling's guide to the way SF workshop attendees talk about stories (a version is here http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycit...). Ronald Moore should
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Oct 14, 2010 Thom (T.E.) rated it it was amazing
For those who dream (or do) write either hard or soft science fiction, this is an exceedingly well-chosen group of authors and stories, accompanied by clear essays explaining selected aspects of their personal writing process. I might not have read some of these authors but the editor won over my confidence with the early selections in the book--something that I thought all editors knew to do (but too many don't).
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