Thank you for stopping by to hear more about Putting the Science in Fiction, the nonfiction book based on my Science in Sci-fi blog series that was be published by Writer’s Digest Books in October 2018.
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 science fiction. Their articles reference many popular books and movies that illustrate how to (or how NOT to) put the science in fiction, with the goal of helping authors create realistic, compelling stories.
The anthology leads off with a foreword by bestselling author Chuck Wendig. Then, the main sections include:
- Research Labs, Hospitals, And Really Bad Ways To Die
- Genome Engineering: It Never Ends Well
- The Brain Is Wider Than The Sky
- From Zero To Sixty (Legs, That Is)
- Things To Know For When Skynet Takes Over
- Earth And Other Planets. Yes, Pluto Counts!
- Sometimes, It Really Is Rocket Science
- Star Wars And The Far Future
Putting the Science in Fiction is available as a trade paperback. You can order it at your local bookshop, or from online retailers such as these:
You can also add it on Goodreads.
The entries are brief, knowledgeable, and highly entertaining, like hearing an exasperated friend rant about his or her area of expertise.”
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
Putting the Science in Fiction is definitely a resource every writer should have in their toolbox.”
-Donna Huber, Girl who Reads. Full Review
The chapters are concisely written and easy to read. This book is for you if you’re interested in making more storytelling more accurate and interesting, whether your medium is comics, novels, film, or television, or you’re simply a curious nerd like me who finds books like this fascinating.”
-Joe Palmer, The Gay League. 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
Advance review copies of Putting the Science in Fiction are now available! You can find them on Netgalley and Edelweiss. Advance reviews/blurbs would be much appreciated. Please send to Lisa Sweet – bookthisinc [at] gmail.com.
For PR inquiries, please contact Lisa Sweet – bookthisinc [at] gmail.com.
- National print and online campaign
- Dedicated landing page
- Library marketing campaign
- Educator marketing campaign
- Print promotion in Writer’s Digest
- Online promotion on WritersDigest.com
- Advance review copies on Netgalley and Edelweiss
- Trade advertising with Publisher’s Weekly and other venues
- Podcast promotion and advertising
- Targeted e-mail campaigns
- Blogger outreach
- Early reader review campaign
- Psychiatry, public health, and writing interview with contributor Jon Peeples on Life of the Mind podcast.
- Advance review copies available on Netgalley and Edelweiss.
- Print ARCs to SF/F author friends (here, here, and here)
- Bookstore and library outreach
- LitCast interview with Publishers Weekly, also featured on PW online.
- Panel and book signing at New York Comic Con (10-6-2018)
- The science of Star Wars, Spider-Man, Avatar debunked by actual scientists, interview on CNET.
- Podcast ad in PW Daily Newsletter.
- Bookish First raffle for UK readers.
- Science in sci-fi writing prompts for NaNoWriMo.
- Book release (10-16-18)
- Big Idea guest post on John Scalzi’s Whatever
- How to research your writing guest post at Jane Friedman’s blog
- Science fiction author panel at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore
- The Adjacent Possible interview with Rick Liebling on Medium
- Book talk and giveaway by Mindy McGinnis on Writer Writer Pants on Fire
- Research vs Writing guest post on the NaNoWriMo blog
- Terrifying but true tales from science post at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds
- Generation starships article on Baen.com.
- Interview on NPR station WOSU
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