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Science Fiction Writer's Workshop 1: An Introduction to Fiction Mechanics

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"About a year after (my stories began being published), magazine editor George Scithers, suggested to me that since I was so new at being published, I must be very close to what I had to learn to move from fooling around with writing to actually producing professional stories. There are a lot of aspiring writers out there who would like to know just that. Write that book.S ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Owlswick Pr (first published 1980)
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John
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent how-to-write book. Widely recommended. I've read quite a few similar books, and this one didn't have anything to say I hadn't read before. Some of the material, such as the discussion of POV, seems oddly presented, and uses idiosyncratic terms. The section on manuscript preparation comes from the age of the typewriter, and should not be relied on.

Longyear uses his own fiction for all the examples. Despite his being a Hugo and Nebula winner, I hadn't read any of his stuff before. His prose
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Gevera Bert
It would work better if each chapter's examples were from a different writer.
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This very useful book is perhaps the best of all books for those whose ambition is to write science fiction. A must have.
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Barry is the first writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year, for Enemy Mine. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the Circus World and Infinity Hold series, SF & fantasy novels, recovery and writing instruction works, and numerous short stories. He has just completed the first novel in his Redcliff Series, ...more
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