Congratulations to Michelle and Lyn – I’ll be in touch!
So, we reach the last pair of books for this 2011 giveaway, and I’ve saved the best until last.
How to Write Fantasy and Science Fiction, by Orson Scott Card (hardback)
“This award-winning classic on the art and craft of writing science fiction and fantasy provides invaluable advice for every science fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and events that stretch the boundaries of the possible – and the magical. They’ll learn: what is and isn’t science fiction and fantasy, and where their story fits in the mix; how to build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world readers will want to explore; where the markets are, how to reach them and get published. There’s no better source of information for writers working in these genres.”
I’ve read this book so many times, I know it pretty much off by heart now. Unlike other how-to books, this one focuses on the particular challenges of writing SFF, including world-building and exposition; in fact a whole chapter is devoted to the latter and is, IMHO, worth the price of the book alone. Whatever else you may think of OSC’s personal views, this is a must-read for anyone wanting to improve their craft in this genre.
The King of the Crags, by Stephen Deas (signed paperback)
“Prince Jehal has murdered, poisoned and betrayed his way to the top. There is a new speaker for the realms, his opposition has been crushed, now he just has to enjoy the fruits of power. And yet . . . He feels more for the wife he married for power than perhaps he should and his lover knows it. And out in the realms those loyal to the old regime are still plotting. and there are rumours that the Red Riders, heralds of revolution and doom are on the ride. And still no-one has found the famous white dragon. The dragon that, if it lived, will have long since recovered from the effects of the alchemical liquid fed to the dragons of the realms to keep them docile, to block their memories of a time when they ruled and the world burned…”
Same rules as always – only UK/EU residents may enter, owing to postage. Leave a comment below, saying which book you’d like (or either, if so inclined!), before noon (UK time) on Saturday 31st December. Please use a valid email address in the comment form so I can contact you to get your snail-mail address if you win (don’t put either in your comments, for security reasons!).