Science Fiction: 101

Science Fiction: 101

Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451466761
  • 512 Pages
  • Roc
  • Adult


Before Robert Silverberg won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and became Grand Master of science fiction, he was a young man learning the art and craft of writing the genre. In Science Fiction: 101, Silverberg reveals the roots of modern science fiction with thought-provoking essays about some of the field’s most groundbreaking stories—included in this volume—which inspired him and taught him to write. These insightful analyses, along with the skills and strategies Silverberg developed to build his successful career, make this an indispensable volume for readers interested in science fiction history. 
Featuring Thirteen Classic Stories by Brian W. Aldiss, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Philip K. Dick, Damon Knight, C. M. Kornbluth, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Frederik Pohl, Bob Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Cordwainer Smith, and Jack Vance


“An excellent introduction to the most important roots of modern SF.”—The Washington Post

“It’s like sitting down with a good friend whose informal conversation sparkles, whose wisdom pierces you, whose intelligence makes you smarter just by listening.”—Orson Scott Card
“The stories alone are worth the price of admission, examples of the best that science fiction can be. But the whipped cream on top is Silverberg’s essay on the craft of each story.”—Wilmington Morning News