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Posted December 6, 2000
Fascinating, Instructive, and Inspiring
Incredible! The Science of Science Fiction Writing is a sheer delight; this book could not have been better. James Gunn, longtime historian and participant in the world of science fiction, has also been one of it¿s biggest cheerleaders. Now he has put his 30 year plus experience into this truly exceptional book. Professor Gunn¿s book gives an overview of the science fiction field, a detailed history, and personally profiles some of the biggest names in the genre. While this in itself would be sufficient, more than half the book is dedicated to the writing of science fiction (or any type of fiction). Unlike most books of this type, Gunn is remarkably entertaining in his teachings, and his enthusiasm for the subject richly shines through on every page. Stephen King¿s latest book, On Writing, is another great book on the subject, yet it doesn¿t come close to Gunn¿s absorbing prose, or his ability to teach what he knows to others. This is one hell of a book, one you will find yourself returning to again and again. Thank you James Gunn!
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