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Anonymous said: A few years back, like around three years maybe, I read about a book that had floating islands and the main character was a shapeshifter that turned into some reptilian humanoid that had wings. Can't find that book anywhere. Any ideas?
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Anonymous said: I read a three part book several years (more that 20) ago that had to do with a Colonization ship moving through space. The main thing I remember about it was that on a planet they stopped at, one of the crew brought back an organism/virus that "ate" body heat. As it spread through the ship, they tried to warm the victims, causing the visus/organism to grow. Finally they tried to cool the infected off, which stopped the outbreak... That's all I remember... any help?
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planclops23 said: I am in charge of a creative writing club at my university and I received overwhelming requests to do a segment on how to write science fiction. What would you suggest is essential to science fiction writing and which authors do you think provide the best insight?
How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction
by J. N. Williamson (Editor)
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
by Ray Bradbury
The former is a set of blurbs by several different authors, and the latter is more about writing in general rather than writing SF.
Stephen King has 3 good technique books - Danse Macabre, On Writing, and Secret Windows, all of which have good writing insights that can easily apply to SF.
Orson Scott Card has a couple of books which I have not read.
- How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint
Nancy Kress also has a book titled Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends
I would look at some of the more popular/foundational writers short stories.
- Isaac Asimov
- Arthur C. Clarke
- Ray Bradbury
- Ursula K. Leguin
Commenters will reveal more.
My favorite SF stories are those that have such a solidly built world that your imagination races to fill in gaps and concoct micro narratives in between the lines for the universe. Remember science fiction is speaking more about today than it is about tomorrow so I would build my metaphor before I built my world.