A Real How-To

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

Grade: A+

Many writing books are written by writing teachers, and you know what they say about teachers: “If you can’t do, teach.” A subject that’s all about facts and figures can be taught well by almost anyone who has memorized the facts and figures. But writing is a craft, and crafts are best taught by craftmasters. That’s why Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy is a rare gem, a book about writing that not only describes the tools of the trade but also gives an illuminating glimpse into the creative process.

I’m always hesitant to give an A+, but this book has amazed me twice. I couldn’t believe how good it was the first time and then when I read it again as part of the Great Library Purge, I was bowled over a second time. This book is a must-read for any aspiring author whose stories contain even a hint of science fiction or fantasy.

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