Phil Athans tells us that Amazon has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming writers’ guide Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories by Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans and Jay Lake. Says Phil: “This is a revised and updated edition of Orson Scott Card’s classic how-to book on the art and craft of SF and fantasy, with a new section on the state of the genres by Philip Athans, and a new section on steampunk by author Jay Lake.”

Full disclosure: I was recently interviewed by Phil for the updated State of the Genre chapter.

Here’s the book description:

A convenient paperback edition explaining the basic necessary elements writer’s will use to create fantastic new cultures and legends, including in-depth examinations of character races, languages, geography, weaponry, technology, magic, and societal structures.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books (September 30, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1599631407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599631400

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