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Books for science fiction and fantasy writers

May 2, 2019

There are lots of very good books on the craft of writing. But there are comparatively few on writing science fiction and fantasy. Below I attempt to put together a list of useful books on this very specific subject. 

As writers, we are all different in the way we learn and in the way we create fiction. Some of us don’t find it helpful to read books on writing but if that’s you I would encourage you to give it another go as I feel it’s a great way to learn. 

I’ve split the books into two groups. The first are books on the craft of writing, tailored to the specifics of our genre. The second are books providing knowledge useful to the science fiction and fantasy writer. It should come clear what the difference between these two groups is as we go.

So without further ado here are the books! All are available on Amazon.co.uk. KU means it’s available on Kindle Unlimited.

Books on writing science fiction and fantasy

Philip Athans, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. (KU)

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Philip Athans, Writing Monsters

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Deborah Chester, The Fantasy Fiction Formula

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Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake and the Editors of Writers Digest, Writign Fantasy and Science Fiction

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Adam Roberts, Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy: How to write compelling and imaginative sci-fi and fantasy fiction (Teach Yourself: Writing) by [Roberts, Adam]

Ed. Jason M. Waltz, Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros 

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros (Rogue Blades Presents) by [Bledsoe, Alex, Card, Orson Scott, Holland, Cecelia, Jones, Howard Andrew, Morris, Janet, Rambo, Cat, Sanderson, Brandon, Werner, C. L.]

Jeff Vandemeer, Wonderbook

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Worldbuilding

Stephen Gillett, A Writer’s Guide to Constructing Star Systems and Life Supporting Planets

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Janeen Ippolito, Worldbuilding from the Inside Out. And Workbook.

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Rebekah Loper, The A-Zs of Worldbuilding (Workbook)

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch by [Loper, Rebekah]

Marc Rosenfelder, Language Construction Kit and Planet Construction Kit (KU)

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Jesper Schmidt, Fantasy Map Making: A step-by-step guide for worldbuilders 

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers Fantasy Map Making: A step-by-step guide for worldbuilders (Writer Resources Book 2) by [Schmidt, Jesper]

Ed. Janna Silverstein, The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

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Other useful information

Charles L. Adler, Wizards, Aliens and Starships. Physics and math in SFF.

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by [Adler, Charles L.]

Steven D. Bloom, The Physics and Astronomy of Science Fiction

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Ed. Dan Koboldt, Putting the Science in Fiction . Writing with authenticity in SFF.

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Guy Windsor, Swordfighting For Writers, Game Designers and Martial Artists

Books for science fiction and fantasy writers , for Writers, Game Designers and Martial Artists by [Windsor, Guy]

Exercises

Ed. Laurie Lamson, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

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I hope you found these books for science fiction and fantasy writers useful. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

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