Spec Fic For Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Spec Fic For Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

by Tiffani Angus, Val Nolan
Spec Fic For Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Spec Fic For Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

by Tiffani Angus, Val Nolan

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Tiffani Angus (Ph.D.) and Val Nolan (Ph.D.) met at the 2009 Clarion Writers' Workshop in California and since then have collaborated many times as fans and scholars on panels for SFF conventions and writing retreats.

Working together on this book and combining their experience as SFF writers and as university lecturers in Creative Writing and Literature made perfect sense!


Every year they see new students who want to write SFF/Horror but have never tried the genres, have tried but found themselves floundering, or, worse, have been discouraged by those who tell them Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror are somehow not "real" literature.


This book is for all those future Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writers. Tiffani and Val are approaching these three exciting fields by breaking them down into bite-sized subgenres with a fun, open, and contemporary approach.


Each chapter contains 10 subgenres or tropes, with a quick and nerdy history of each derived from classroom teaching practices, along with a list of potential pitfalls, a description of why it's fun to write in these subgenres, as well as activities for new writers to try out and to get them started!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781915556134
Publisher: Luna Press Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 254
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE - SCIENCE FICTION 

SPACESHIPS

ALIENS

BIG DUMB OBJECTS

ROBOTS, ANDROIDS, AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

MILITARY SF

UTOPIA

DYSTOPIA

APOCALYPTIC FICTION

CYBERPUNK

SOLARPUNK

CHAPTER TWO - FANTASY 

FOLKTALES AND FAIRY TALES

WITCHES

HIGH FANTASY

SWORD AND SORCERY

GRIMDARK

HISTORICAL FANTASY

STEAMPUNK

URBAN FANTASY

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

TIME TRAVEL

CHAPTER THREE - HORROR 

GOTHIC HORROR

SUPERNATURAL HORROR

VAMPIRES

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR

BODY HORROR

ZOMBIES

SUBURBAN HORROR

TECHNO HORROR

SPLATTERPUNK

COSMIC HORROR

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