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By Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder

Should you love technology fiction and wish to write a few of your individual, this publication offers you useful recommendation. Describing the different sorts of technological know-how fiction and fable genres and subgenres, it explains every little thing from how placing your manuscript jointly to getting it picked up through a writer, and indicates proper assets to place you prior to the pack.

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While SF writers usually strive to be technically accurate, getting the tale working is generally higher on their list of priorities. In science fantasy, all bets are off and anything can happen. 27 04 3918-9 CH03 6/28/00 8:43 AM Page 28 Part 1 ➤ Becoming a SF Writer Cyberpunk Cyberpunk is the film noir of literary SF. It’s stylish, sexy, and dark. The optimism and faith in science that so characterize hard SF are often missing here. Science is a doorway into the future enslavement of humanity by its own technology, and salvation lies in co-opting that technology, according to the cyberpunk authors.

On-demand publishing, a technology that makes it possible for publishers to print and bind books to order, promises to revive the backlist. 11 02 3918-9 CH01 6/28/00 9:14 AM Page 12 Part 1 ➤ Becoming a SF Writer “As You Know, Bob …” Tor Books, one of the world’s leading science fiction publishers, has led the pack in innovative publishing techniques. They publish nearly 100 original SF, fantasy, and horror hardcovers per year. They also sell electronic versions of their titles for for reading on a variety of platforms, including the 3Com Palm, the Rocket eBook, the SoftBook reader, and Microsoft Cleartext.

The world of electronic publishing, while still in its infancy, looms on the horizon. com are challenging the iron fist of the chain stores. Further down the road, “publication” to handheld electronic books will open a multitude of possibilities for specialty presses, author-driven publications, and instant, accurate royalty reporting. The Least You Need to Know ➤ Science fiction is full of people looking to help out new writers. ➤ Even “successful” writers often have to hold down day jobs. ➤ Short-fiction pay scales haven’t budged much since the 1930s.

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