Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Books
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1. F is for FART: A rhyming ABC children's book about farting animals
Author: by J. Heitsch
Published at: Independently published (June 5, 2019)
This is a book about farts.Yes, farts. It’s also about ABCs, rhymes, and animals – but it’s mostly about farts, and making you and your loved ones laugh about farts. Each letter stands for an animal and is accompanied by a rhyme, which are all short and stinky – much like farts are stinky.
We hope you think this book stinks in all the right ways. What are the right ways?I’m glad you asked. We’ve got farts which smell, farts that BOOM, farts that splat, farts that upset your nose and send you for a tumble.
We’ve even got farts so bad you could use them in a rumble.Was it you?Was it me? No, of course not it was the animals! We’ve got animals from Australia, China, and even Madagascar! We’ve got animals from the east and animals from the west; animals from near and animals from far!
We’ve got animals which fly high in the sky and those that swim deep in the sea! We’ve even got animals which are imaginary and some which are extinct, but keep that between you and me! Some are from rivers, some live in trees!
2. The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments Box Set
Author: by Margaret Atwood
Published at: Anchor (November 3, 2020)
A box set of Margaret Atwood’s bestselling companioned novels, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments. In The Handmaid’s Tale, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War and the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women.
Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s Commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. In The Testaments, set more than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Republic of Gilead maintains its repressive grip on power, but it is beginning to rot from within.
At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women come together, with potentially explosive results. This beautifully designed slipcase will make the perfect holiday and perennial gift.
3. On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I
Author: by Timothy Hickson
Published at: Independently published (March 15, 2019)
Writing advice tends to be full of ‘rules’ and ‘tips’ which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.
On WritingPart I: ProloguesPart II: The First ChapterPart III: The Exposition ProblemPart IV: ForeshadowingPart V: Villain MotivationPart VI: Hero-Villain RelationshipsPart VII: Final BattlesPart VIII: The Chosen OnePart IX: Hard Magic Systems Part X: Soft Magic SystemsPart XI: Magic Systems and StorytellingOn WorldbuildingPart XII: Polytheistic ReligionsPart XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds Part XIV: How Empires RisePart XV: How Empires WorkPart XVI: How Empires FallExclusive ContentPart XVII: How I Plan a Novel
4. 30 Days of Worldbuilding: An Author's Step-by-Step Guide to Building Fictional Worlds (Author Guides)
Author: by A Trevena
Published at: Independently published (December 23, 2019)
Overwhelmed by creating fantasy worlds?Lost in your world? Unsure where to go next? 30 Days of Worldbuilding breaks the task into manageable chunks. By following 30 creative prompts, this book will guide you from idea, to full world. This workbook will help you to: Break the epic task of worldbuilding into easy steps Build a full and complete world with prompts you may not have thought of Tie your worldbuilding into your story to increase tension and conflict Bring your worldbuilding back to your characters to get your readers hookedThis book also includes a bonus lesson on building magic systems that work.
By completing just one prompt each day, you can have a fully created fantasy world in a month. You will also have an invaluable book of worldbuilding notes to keep beside you as you write. Get 30 Days of Worldbuilding today, and stop getting lost in your world.
Available as both an ebook Guidebook and a paperback Workbook with space for answering each prompt.
5. Blank Comic Book (Draw Your Own Comics): A Large Notebook and Sketchbook for Kids and Adults to Draw Comics and Journal
Author: by Lux Reads
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2017)
2017 GIFT IDEAS | ART BOOKS FOR KIDS | BLANK COMIC BOOKS Unleash your inner creativity in this blank comic book journal that is perfect for both kids and adults! This high quality journal comes with over 100 pages of blank comic book scenes ready for you to fill.
The paper is high quality 60# grade and is printed on a fun matte cover. This also serves as the perfect holiday gift or a fun white elephant present. Grab one for yourself or a few for friends!
6. Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel
Author: by Yu Miri
Published at: Riverhead Books (June 23, 2020)
WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN TRANSLATED LITERATUREA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARA surreal, devastating story of a homeless ghost who haunts one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations.Kazu is dead. Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Japanese Emperor, his life is tied by a series of coincidences to the Imperial family and has been shaped at every turn by modern Japanese history.
But his life story is also marked by bad luck, and now, in death, he is unable to rest, doomed to haunt the park near Ueno Station in Tokyo. Kazu’s life in the city began and ended in that park; he arrived there to work as a laborer in the preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and ended his days living in the vast homeless village in the park, traumatized by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and shattered by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics.
Through Kazu’s eyes, we see daily life in Tokyo buzz around him and learn the intimate details of his personal story, how loss and society’s inequalities and constrictions spiraled towards this ghostly fate, with moments of beauty and grace just out of reach.
7. Aliens for Breakfast (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Author: by Stephanie Spinner
Published at: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (October 22, 1988)
It’s been ten years since Richard Bickerstaff sat down to breakfast and an alien climbed out of his cereal bowl! Join Richard and Aric, a tiny, wisecracking creature from the planet Ganoob, as they battle to save the world from evil aliens in Aliens for Breakfast, Aliens for Lunch, and Aliens for Dinner.
We’re reissuing the trilogy with brand-new covers sporting a space age 10th Anniversary logo. Now a new generation of readers can experience the fun and adventure that won these books rave reviews and loyal fans!
8. 5,000 WRITING PROMPTS: A Master List of Plot Ideas, Creative Exercises, and More
Author: by Bryn Donovan
Published at: Munds Park Publishing (March 6, 2019)
For writers.For thinkers.For dreamers. 5,000 Writing Prompts is the must-have resource for novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, creative writing teachers, bloggers, memoir writers, playwrights, improv actors, and other creators. It’s not only for people with writer’s block, but also for people who want to write faster and make their stories richer and better.
It includes150 plot ideas for each of these genres: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, young adult, historical fiction, and general fictionhundreds of other master plots from classic fiction and mythologyhundreds of dialogue, character, and setting prompts100 poetry exerciseshundreds of prompts for personal writing and journaling500 blog post ideasand much more!
From the author of Master Lists for Writers, this comprehensive book is filled with inspiration. Let it spark your imagination and remind you that your creative possibilities are truly endless.
9. The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture
Author: by Gail Carriger
Published at: GAIL CARRIGER LLC (September 28, 2020)
Tired of the hero’s journey? Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren’t taken seriously? Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy? The heroine’s journey is here to help.
Multiple New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a clear concise analysis of the heroine’s journey, how it differs from the hero’s journey, and how you can use it to improve your writing and your life. In this book you’ll learn: * How to spot the heroine’s journey in popular books, movies, and the world around you.
The source myths and basic characters, tropes, and archetypes of this narrative. A step-by-step break down of how to successfully write this journey. What do Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, and Nora Roberts all have in common? They all write the heroine’s journey.
Read this book to learn all about it. From Harry Potter to Twilight, from Wonder Woman to Star Wars, you’ll never look at pop culture the same way again. With over a dozen NYT and USA Today bestsellers, and over a million books in print, popular genre author and former archaeologist Gail Carriger brings her cheeky comedic tone and over a decade of making her living as a fiction author to this fascinating look at one of the most popular yet neglected narratives of our time.
10. Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
Author: by Jeff VanderMeer
Published at: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (July 3, 2018)
Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking.
On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R.R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler. For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.
11. Hidden Creatures: Scratch Magic (J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World) (Harry Potter)
Author: by Scholastic
Published at: Scholastic Inc. (August 28, 2018)
Unleash the beasts of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World! Follow prompts to scratch the pages inside and reveal art and patterns inspired by the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. Available just in time for the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!
Reveal what beasts Newt Scamander keeps in his suitcase, draw a habitat for the mysterious merpeople deep under the lake, and locate the Basilisk that is slithering around Hogwarts undetected! Including magical creatures from both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, this scratch art book is full of drawing and coloring activities to unleash your imagination.
12. Children's Books in Children's Hands: A Brief Introduction to Their Literature (What's New in Literacy)
Author: by Charles Temple
Published at: Pearson; 6th edition (August 16, 2018)
Children’s Books in Children’s Hands: A Brief Introduction to Their Literature familiarizes current and future teachers with the best and most recent books for children. The renowned author team presents richly illustrated, practical ideas for sharing literature with children as a source of enjoyment and inspiration that will last them all their lives.
This authoritative, captivating, and popular guide establishes a roadmap for understanding the world of children’s literature, including its writers, illustrators, editors, and critics, while also providing a strong emphasis on books from many cultural groups. The 6th Edition now includes full color illustrations and art, newer title annotations, new teaching ideas, coverage of shifting changes in genres, and thorough coverage of multicultural and international books.
13. Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build an Artist's Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More
Author: by Marc Taro Holmes
Published at: IMPACT Books; Illustrated edition (October 12, 2016)
All You Need Is a Pencil, Paper and Your Imagination! Ever wondered how you could become a character designer for video games, film or animation? Veteran art director and concept artist Marc Taro Holmes shares proven methods for honing the skills and building the portfolio necessary to become a pro gaming artist.
This is the first and only work-at-your-own pace home study program that teaches the crucial insider knowledge needed to break into the entertainment-design industry and develop your own style-all you need are a pencil, paper and your imagination. The projects within this straightforward guide are constructed to help you apply your existing drawing and digital art skills to character design.
Or, if you’re still working on your skills, it will help you improve while at the same time turning your mind into an idea-generating machine. Unlock the Secrets to Character and Creature Design Follow the creature design process from start to finish: 35 projects are divided into 4 challenge levels, ranging from brainstorming and drawing character blueprints to completing market-ready illustrations.
14. From Sanctity to Sorcery: An Author’s Guide to Building Belief Structures and Magic Systems (Author Guides)
Author: by A Trevena
Published at: Independently published (July 10, 2020)
Want to create a magic system for your world, but don’t know where to start? Need help building religions and belief structures that feel real? From Sanctity to Sorcery breaks the process down into easy-to-follow steps. By completing a series of creative prompts, this book will guide you from side-show trickster to all-powerful sorcerer.
This workbook will help you to: Create a magic system your readers can truly believe in Build belief structures that feel ancient and organic Use magic and religion to raise the stakes and increase tension Create an immersive experience for your readers with powerful worldbuildingWork your way through prompts designed to fully integrate beliefs and magic into your worldbuilding.
Learn how to create wizardry and wonder to raise your characters up, or to crush them down. Get From Sanctity to Sorcery today, and become a master of magic and marvel. Available as both an ebook Guidebook and a paperback Workbook with space for answering each prompt.
15. The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building (PENGUIN US)
Author: by David J. Peterson
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (September 29, 2015)
An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series DefianceFrom master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers.
Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson.
Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shivisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art formand it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.