Fast horses, strange languages, weapons, and world-building. All staples of the fantasy genre, and all nuanced subjects that are easy to mess up. Putting the Fact in Fantasy collects 52 articles from a wide range of real-world experts — along with a foreword by a bestselling author — to help authors avoid common pitfalls and create more realistic stories.
The 40 contributors to this anthology represent a wide array of scientific, technological, and medical expertise. They’ve collectively endured over 100 years of graduate study in their chosen fields. They include scientists, engineers, physicians, lab managers, nurses, and other experts.
Though they have different backgrounds and interests, all of the contributors to this book have one thing in common: a love of fantasy. Their articles reference many popular books and movies that illustrate how to (or how NOT to) put the fact in fantasy, with the goal of helping authors create realistic, compelling stories.
The anthology leads off with a foreword by a bestselling author. Then, the main sections include:
- It Already Happened: History as Inspiration
- Speak, Friend, and Enter: Languages & Culture
- How to Make It Up: World-building
- Weapons and Warfare: When In Doubt, Add These
- You Don’t Know Horses, But We Do
- So You’re Going On An Adventure
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Praise for Putting the Science in Fiction
The entries are brief, knowledgeable, and highly entertaining, like hearing an exasperated friend rant about his or her area of expertise.”
Every writer should have a copy on his or her bookshelf.”
-Rosi Hollinbeck, Seattle Book Review. Full Review
The basic information is here as jumping off points, some delve into much more detail, and many offer up other resources to dig into the topics more deeply…a useful, well-written resource. Recommended.”
-Bill Capossere, Fantasy Literature. Full Review
This book is a brilliant resource, both for writers and for those with a more general interest in science.”
-Ellie, Books at the End of the Alphabet. Full review
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