Science Fiction Writing Resources
Science Fiction Writing Resources for Creating
New Worlds to Explore..
I searched the galaxies for informational and instructional links that will provide the resources
you need to write your Science Fiction stories and get them published.
You'll find links to all phases of Sci Fi writing, so wherever you are you can utilize this site. Not
all of them will work for you, but you have the opportunity to pick and choose and can take advice from many published
authors. Use the information - and by all means, go forth and prosper!
"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life."
General Science Fiction Writing Resources
I've listed links here for general resources that include grammar and usage,and science fiction writing.
Center for the Study of Science Fiction
Extensive list of Science Fiction resources.
Science Fiction Fantasy Chronicles forums.
Huge list of articles on all phases ow Science Fiction Writing by many authors.
Database of SF short stories, searchable by author, title, magazine, date.
How to Write With Style
Advice from Kurt Vonnegut
Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy
As the name implies, these are the don'ts of Science Fiction writing.
A SF/fantasy zine and online writer's group; stories selected from the group are published in the zine.
Members must critique to earn submission credits to be critiqued. Includes messaging system to discuss
critiques and a forum for general discussion.
An amazing site for anyone who wants to write science-fiction, horror, fantasy, or young adult. It has lots
of tips written by successful authors in these fields.
Michael McCollum's extensive site features plenty to keep the avid Science Fiction writer happy!
Science Fiction Crowsnest
Links to magazines, book publishers, discussion groups, comics, conferences, film and TV, shopping, and games.
Science Fiction Round Table (SFRT)
Offers a variety of speculative fiction resources, including events, conventions and conferences, publishers'
links, media information, research and writing links, and an extensive list of author sites.
SFWA Writers Beware
Warnings about publishers, agents etc. for the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers Community.
An online resource guide for speculative fiction fans and writers with thousands of helpful links to
several publications and resources from around the globe.
Ultimate Science Fiction Poetry Guide
Links, information on sf/fantasy poetry authors, anthologies, collections, magazines, and more..
Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide
Links to authors, book titles, conventions, international sf/fantasy writing, games, magazines,
newsletters, movies, poetry, publishers, TV shows and more.
Plenty of resources for writers of science fiction and all genres.
In this section, you'll find links to websites, articles and workshops to help you build true-to-life characters
as well as non-human characters...
13 Aspects About Aliens You Should Consider
"Beyond saying that you should make aliens interesting, I say you should also make aliens feel real to the reader.
Especially in the case of intelligent aliens, giving them full rights as people is a must."
Aliens and Faeries: Non-Human Characters Acting Badly
Creating non-human characters.
Great insight on creating your characters.
Villains: *Bad* Bad Guys and *Good* Bad Guys
From Inside to Outside, Outside to Inside
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Creating aliens and other creatures
Writing a Dystopian Novel
Balancing world-building with character-building.
Here you'll find the resources that will help you to create new worlds for your Science Fiction writing...
Find out where different star systems are located, their distances from one another, and more. Or create
maps of your own systems.
Chronos: The Future of Time Travel
A guide to time travel, teleportation, temporal phasing, and other applications of nine-dimensional theory,
Offers a wealth of information on the time travel theory.
Constructing an SF Universe
A great article (with exercises) on creating your own Scence Fiction world.
Developing a Sci-fi World That Makes Sense
Tips on keeping your world in-line.
The Language Construction Kit
Pages intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages.
World building and star system resource links.
Free to use on-line Star Maps.
Science Fiction Worlds
Advice to writers and guide for writing Science Fiction and Fantasy by writer
Jeffrey A. Carver.
StarGen - Solar System Generator
Download this free software to generate your own solar system.
World Builder Projects
Link portal to world building sites and information.
Online world-building resources.
More resources for building your new world.
Proper formatting is an important part of getting your manuscript ready for an editor or agent. In this
section there is information on standard novel formatting, checklists and even sample manuscripts.
Manuscript preparation, formatting and more...
Preparing Your Manuscript
Informative article on the process.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Format for manuscript submission to science fiction editors.
Manuscript format checklist complete with sample manuscript.
Synopsis/Query Letter Writing
With these resources I hope to make writing the dreaded synopsis and query letter just a little easier for
you! You will find plenty of information on formatting, samples and general writing tips and techniques.
Outlines and Synopsis Examples
Examples of "real" outlines and Synopsis.
Sample Novel Query Letter
Sample letter and expanation of each part.
Tara K. Harper
Query Letter FAQ
Writing The Query Letter
How to write your query letter.
I found some great sites to help you do your
research without leaving your computer chair! You'll find links
to timelines, astronomy, space stations, writing and much more.
Exoplanet Data Explorer
An interactive table and plotter for exploring and displaying data from the Exoplanet Orbit Database.
Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Online book featuring astronomy, space travel and much more. Good resource.
Online astronomy resources for writers
The Nine Planets
An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.
Learn how to move around in star systems and orbit planets.
Background sources to help in creating your fictional world.
Award winning Science Fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer provides some really
great insights and resources. A good site to check out!
Science Fiction Timeline Site
A lot of timeline and other resources for Science Fiction writers.
Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy - over 2,200 are available.
Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary to see them all. Also browse more than
3,800 Science Fiction in the News articles.
Science Fiction Writers Markets
If you're ready to try your hand, here are a few good listings of writers markets for you to try out...
Analog pays 6-8 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words,
$450-600 for stories between 7,500 and 10,000 words, and 5-6 cents per word
for longer material. We prefer lengths between 2,000 and 7,000 words for
shorts, 10,000-20,000 words for novelettes, and 40,000-80,000 for serials.
Fact articles are paid for at the rate of 6 cents per word.
Asimov's Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction
stories. Pay on acceptance, and beginners get 6.0 cents a word to 7,500
words, 5.0 cents a word for stories longer than 12,500 words, and $450 for
stories between those lengths.
Black Holes Response Time Tracker
Tables summarizing input from authors on response time for SF markets.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
We are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy
readers. We prefer character-oriented stories. Payment is 5-8 cents per
word on acceptance.
The Market List
A great resource for finding markets for your genre work.
An excellent SF/F/H writing market site.
The Subgenres of Science Fiction
When pitching your novel or sending your short story to a specific market, it's helpful to know just where it
"fits" in the field; this guide should help.
Writers Markets for Speculative Fiction: SF/F/H's Journal
Calls for SF/H anthologies and other markets
Science Fiction Courses and Workshops
Character Building Workshop
Creation of human characters.
Clarion Writers' Workshop
The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop: the original Clarion, held for six weeks every summer
at UC San Diego.
Critters is a member of the Critique.org family of on-line workshops/critique groups, and is for serious writers of
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others,
both of which are invaluable ways to improve your writing.
Gotham Writers' Workshop Online Science Fiction Class
New York City's largest creative writing school, offers writing classes in NYC and online.
Odyssey: The Fantasy Writing Workshop, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, is a six-week
intensive summer writing workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Online Writing Workshops
Online Writing Workshops are virtual writers' communities in which writers can get feedback on their works in progress,
improve their writing through critiquing others, and meet fellow aspiring writers.
Other Worlds Writers' Workshop
A place where serious writers of speculative fiction can polish their skills and learn from each other.
SFNovelist Writing Workshop
An online writer's workshop devoted to developing and promoting members. Members must be writers of hard
science fiction novels or novellas.
A unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. Takes place
yearly on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."