The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans

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Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading!

Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast Edited by Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives.

Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore!

There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!


About Philip Athans

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Philip Athans is the New York Times–bestselling author of Annihilation and twelve other fantasy, science fiction, horror, and nonfiction books. In The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, he offers detailed advice for creating richly realized sci-fi and fantasy settings, including how to craft plausible invented religions. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.
Published June 18, 2010 by Adams Media. 258 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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Robot Rex is the protagonist and relates this runaway story with well- oiled efficiency.

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Have you ever read a well-told epic fantasy or science fiction novel and thought to yourself, “I want to write something like that”?

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