The Art of Science Fiction
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At Sci Fi - Arizona, we have two long-running series on the techniques and philosophy of writing. One of our series is devoted to general writing while the other is devoted to the special problems of science fiction writing. Check out the books below and then click on the images to jump to the individual pages where you can purchase them.
We also have a specialized astronomy book for science fiction writers. If you are either a long-time or aspiring writer of science fiction, you have probably run into the problem. Your heroes are on board an interstellar luxury liner traveling from Fomalhaut to Sirius and you open up an astronomy text to look at the maps showing the night sky. The maps are detailed, but they only guide you as to where the stars are in our firmament. They tell you nothing as to where they are in relation to one another.
If you have been frustrated by this problem, we have the book for you. The Sci Fi - Arizona ASTROGATOR'S HANDBOOK, a series of maps arranged like a 3-D chess board showing the 3000 closest stars as they are viewed from Polaris.
The Art of Writing Series
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The Art of Writing, Volume 1
Chapter 1: So You Want To Be A Writer?
Chapter 2: Rules For Writers
Chapter 3: Writing Basics
Chapter 4: Conflict in Fiction
Chapter 5: Character In Fiction
Chapter 6: Anchors In Reality
Chapter 7: Rhythm In Fiction
Chapter 8: The Plots The Thing
Chapter 9: The Theory of Dialogue
Chapter 10: The Practice of Dialogue
Chapter 11: Language And Atmosphere
Chapter 12: Common Mistakes In Writing
Chapter 13: Publishers, Editors, And Agents
Chapter 14: Literary Rights
Chapter 15: The Publication Process
Chapter 16: Writers And Readers
The Art of Writing, Volume 2
Chapter 1: Protagonists
Chapter 2: Antagonists
Chapter 3: Incidental Characters
Chapter 4: Making It Up As You Go Along
Chapter 5: Male/Female Relations
Chapter 6: Sex in Fiction
Chapter 7: The Unavoidable Sin of Repetition
Chapter 8: Sequels and Series
Chapter 9: The Psychology of Writers
Chapter 10: The Psychology of Readers
Chapter 11: Writing in the 21st Century
Appendix A: The Writer’s Guide to the Human Body
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The Art of Science Fiction, Volume 1
Part I: Science Fiction Techniques
Chapter 1: The History Of Science Fiction
Chapter 2: Science And Science Fiction
Chapter 3: One Impossible Thing At A Time
Part II: Science Fiction Technologies
Chapter 4: The Einstein Barrier, Part I
Chapter 5: The Einstein Barrier, Part II
Chapter 6: The Theory Of Time Travel
Chapter 7: Time Travel in Fiction
Chapter 8: Paratime
Part III: Astronomy For Science Fiction Writers
Chapter 9: Stars
Chapter 10: Practical Astrogation
Chapter 11: Terminology
Part IV: Building An Interplanetary Civilization
Chapter 12: The Solar System
Chapter 13: Rocket Propulsion
Chapter 14: Travel Between Worlds
Chapter 15: Living In Space
Part V: Science Fiction and Society
Chapter 16: Science Fiction and Society
The Art of Science Fiction, Volume 2
Chapter 1: Life As We "Think" We Know It
Chapter 2: Life As We Don’t Know It
Chapter 3: World Building For Fun And Profit, Part 1
Chapter 4: World Building For Fun And Profit, Part 2
Chapter 5: Fantasy
Chapter 6: Space War Fundamentals
Chapter 7: Interplanetary Space War
Chapter 8: Interstellar Space War
Chapter 9: Introduction to Spacesuit Design
Chapter 10: Advanced Spacesuit Design
Chapter 11: Galactic Empires and Interstellar Federations: Part I
Chapter 12: Galactic Empires and Interstellar Federations: Part II
The Astrogator's Handbook
An astronomy book with a difference. We don't show you where the stars are in the night sky of Earth. We show you where they are with respect to one another. View local space from the vantage point of Polaris, the North Star, and plot your starships' courses with confidence
Sci Fi- Arizona, Inc.
Sci Fi - Arizona, Inc.
PO Box 14026
Tempe, AZ 85284-0068
Return/Refund Policy: If you find any manufacturing defect in one of our books, we will replace it with a new book at no cost to you. If this is not possible for some reason, we will provide you with a full refund.