From The Science of Science-Fiction Writing
by James Gunn

Part 1: Writing Fiction

  1. Why People Read Fiction
  2. The Anatomy of a Short Story
  3. Why a Formula is Not a Formula
  4. The Author's Strategy
  5. The Issue is Character
  6. Scene—The Smallest Dramatic Unit
  7. A Local Habitation and a Name
  8. Speaking Well in Print
  9. Suspense in Fiction
  10. Getting The Words Right
  11. How to Be a Good Critiquer and Still Remain Friends

Part 2: Writing Science Fiction

  1. The Origins of Science Fiction
  2. Toward a Definition of Science Fiction
  3. The Worldview of Science Fiction
  4. Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas?
  5. Heroes, Heroines, Villains: The Characters in Science Fiction

Part 3: The Writers of Science Fiction

  1. H. G. Wells: The Man Who Invented Tomorrow
  2. Robert A Heinlein: The Grand Master
  3. Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction
  4. Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, et. al.

Appendix A: Notes from a Workshop

Appendix B: Syllabus for a Workshop


Published in 2002 by Scarecrow Press. The Science of Science Fiction Writing is available at booksellers like Amazon and Powell's Books.


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