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Writing Speculative Fiction

Creative and Critical Approaches

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Approaches to Writing

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In this engaging and accessible guide, Eugen Bacon explores writing speculative fiction as a creative practice, drawing from her own work, and the work of other writers and theorists, to interrogate its various subgenres....

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In this engaging and accessible guide, Eugen Bacon explores writing speculative fiction as a creative practice, drawing from her own work, and the work of other writers and theorists, to interrogate its various subgenres. Through analysis of writers such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling, this book scrutinises the characteristics of speculative fiction, considers the potential of writing cross genre and covers the challenges of targeting young adults.  It connects critical and cultural theories to the practice of creative writing, examining how they might apply to the process of writing speculative fiction. Both practical and critical in its evaluative gaze, it also looks at e-publishing as a promising publishing medium for speculative fiction.

This is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Creative Writing, looking to develop a critical awareness of, and practical skills for, the writing of speculative fiction. It is also a valuable resource for creators, commentators and consumers of contemporary speculative fiction.

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  • Covers a wide range of subgenres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror and dystopias
  • Interrogates the concept of an author's voice and style
  • Encourages genre bending to promote originality
  • Considers the unique features of the short story and its potential in speculative fiction
  • Contains a preface by award-winning author and distinguished scholar Dominique Hecq

The non-introduction
There's a story in you
Vogler's hero/ine's journey
The speculative: a problem with definitions
Genres and subgenres of speculative fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Horror and the paranormal
Cross genre
Literary speculative fiction
Short story
Targeting young adults and new adults
Critical and cultural theories
e-Publishing.
This is an exciting book from a writer who knows how to enliven her prose with ideas, analysis, anecdotes and stunning quotations from her deep and wide reading. The compelling beauty of this book is the way it moves between ideas and stories, between analysis and narrative. – Kevin Brophy, University of Melbourne, Australia
The insights are often provocative and always useful. It sensibly focuses on how a writer can approach the idea of speculative fiction, and then brings in a critical perspective. – George Green, Lancaster University, UK
As a book it is quite comfortable setting the writing of speculative fiction within the broader approaches to writing and linking those back to the giants of speculative writing over the last half-century or more. It is a concise and well-structured book that gently leads readers through the basics, while at every stage addressing its topic with appropriate examples, and exercises. – Shane Strange, University of Canberra, Australia
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Eugen Bacon, MA, MSc, PhD, is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has sold many stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, TEXT, Parentheses, The Victorian Writer, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild...

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Eugen Bacon, MA, MSc, PhD, is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has sold many stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, TEXT, Parentheses, The Victorian Writer, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and through Routledge in New Writing. ‘Betwixt’, chapter in Creative Writing with Critical Theory: Inhabitation – Gylphi (2018). Claiming T-Mo, literary speculative novel – Meerkat Press (2019).

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