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Writing Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches

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In this engaging and accessible guide, Eugen Bacon explores writing speculative fiction as a creative practice, drawing from her own work, and the work of other writers and theorists, to interrogate its various subgenres. Through analysis of writers such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling, this book scrutinises the characteristics of speculative fiction, con ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published May 3rd 2019 by Red Globe Press
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Clare Rhoden
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A treasure trove of essential information, inspiration, and writing practice that will jump-start your appreciation and creation of speculative fiction: you know - fantasy (yum), sci-fi (delicious), horror (eeeeek), and all the bitty little sorts under them (space opera, sword-and-sorcery, grunge...) You get the picture. Great examples from important texts and brilliant exercises for us writers and emerging/aspirational writers...
K.C. Grifant
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and a great resource for writers!
Eugen Bacon
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Various reviews as published on the book page on the Macmillan site:

This is an exciting book from a writer who knows how to enliven her prose with ideas, analysis, anecdotes and stunning quotations from her deep and wide reading. The compelling beauty of this book is the way it moves between ideas and stories, between analysis and narrative. – Kevin Brophy, University of Melbourne, Australia

The insights are often provocative and always useful. It sensibly focuses on how a writer can approach th
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Lor
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My professor suggested I keep an eye out for this since March-ish and it was definitely what I've been needing for a while. Offers so much towards the writing of spec fic, and has been hugely helpful even in my analysis work, plus helped bring me back to some 'basics' that were getting away from me. It returns again and again to the definition - or rather the difficulty or impossibility of truly finding a clear definition - of speculative fiction and related genres. Outlines how to approach, and ...more
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