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Stephen Baxter on Writing

From Big Dumb Object comes the link to a BBC article from Stephen Baxter on the craft of writing sf. The article covers:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Developing your ideas
  • World-building
  • Future and alternate histories
  • How to inspire a sense of wonder
  • Plus his top ten SF short stories

This is a good read and, for fans as well as writers, offers insight into Baxter’s own Xeelee Universe and the making of his first short story Xeelee Flower. This turned out to be the first in a series of stories and novels comprising the future history known as the Xeelee Sequence. I read all of these books and stories some time ago and remember enjoying them very much. Baxter excels at creating a sense of wonder.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on Stephen Baxter on Writing

  1. Good stuff! He has a new trilogy (well, I think it’s going to be a trilogy) set early in the Xeelee sequence; the first is currently out in HC.

    His “Voyage” is one of my favorite books.

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