Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms #2020

Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms By Stanley Schmidt Ben Bova Aliens Alien Societies A Writer s Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life Forms There are things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy Hamlet William Shakespeare Stanley Schmidt guides you toward a better understanding of our universe to create bein
  • Title: Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms
  • Author: Stanley Schmidt Ben Bova
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  • Page: 292
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  • Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms By Stanley Schmidt Ben Bova
    Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms By Stanley Schmidt Ben Bova There are things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy Hamlet, William Shakespeare Stanley Schmidt guides you toward a better understanding of our universe to create beings who will live in your science fiction.Aliens and Alien Societies explains science to help you make your fiction plausible You ll avoid bringing characters from There are things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy Hamlet, William ShakespeareStanley Schmidt guides you toward a better understanding of our universe to create beings who will live in your science fiction.Aliens and Alien Societies explains science to help you make your fiction plausible You ll avoid bringing characters from solar systems unlikely to support life Discover the galaxy s vastness and imagine the technology needed to cross it Put biochemistry on your side to put viable creatures on your pages Learn how engineering shapes life and why this suggests that intelligent inhabitants of other planets might have similarities to humans Develop well founded cultures and logical languages Introduce aliens to people or other aliens Portray them as individuals, true to their species.In this book, possibilities abound and lines between knowledge and conjecture blur enthrallingly.Aliens and Alien Societies is thoughtful, clear and utterly fascinating It is filled with facts to help you write believable fictions about the things in heaven and earth.
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    • This is the first volume in a four volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series This entire series is highly recommendable, and you ll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future Aliens and Alien Societies features 11 chapters, an extensive bibliography of related source books, and a 7 page glossary of terms that are common to science fiction writing that focuses on believable science Schmidt is the long time editor of Analog S [...]


    • You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction Coming from a humanities and social science background I felt a little discouraged as a writer reading through some of the technical chapters What do I know about physics or chemistry I have a vague understanding of astron [...]


    • This is a book I ve had for a long time It s great Also I miss 90s covers like this one This book s got everything Science, language, lifestyle It s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well What a wonderful resource It really helps you think about making them alien, and not just Star Trek rubber forehead alien.This is a book that I ve had on my shelf for many years, and it will continue to stay on my shelf for years to come A timeless classic


    • This is the writing book for STEM Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics people wanting to create sci fi fiction only someone with their talents could It s a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning towards hard science fiction than space operas The author expects you to work out equations, run simulations, and do research, going straight to scientific journals to latest science instead of relying on tropes or cliches AS someone who is hopelessly inept at math and [...]


    • This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analogue Science Fiction Fact, has a Ph.D in physics and has taught both physics and science fiction at the college level So he s definitely well qualified to write this book one on plausible world building that illumina [...]


    • A decent resource for a writer wanting to create scientifically plausible aliens, although I wouldn t call it essential Not an exhaustive guide, but a good set of things to avoid and things to think about doing The emphasis is on aliens unlike but not too unlike humans creatures that could not be played by a human actor in a suit, but which are recognisable as biological entities, with a culture that is recognisable as a culture, and so forth The author s specialisation in physics shows as the b [...]


    • I thought this was an excellent book Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge This is another book I m sure I ll refer to regularly.


    • Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer oops It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn t wasted time.



    • I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful Another great reference book Keeping it handy as I write.


    • I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn t know where to start researching.


    • As a science fiction writer I found this a valuable resource It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them.


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