Aliens and Alien Societies

Aliens and Alien Societies

Teaches writers how to use real scientific knowledge of our universe to create more convincing extraterrestrial life forms in their science fiction or fantasy novel....

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Title:Aliens and Alien Societies
Author:Stanley Schmidt
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:226 pages pages

Aliens and Alien Societies Reviews

  • Barry Cunningham
    Nov 27, 2014

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    Apr 30, 2010

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

  • Kathryn Harper
    Jun 03, 2012

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

  • CR
    Feb 20, 2011

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Patty Jansen
    Dec 25, 2010

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

  • Anthony Patten
    Mar 20, 2011

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

  • Eoghan Odinsson
    Apr 28, 2012

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

  • T.W. Spencer
    Jan 28, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Rich
    Sep 13, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • James Kelly
    Nov 27, 2014

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • M.T. Bostick
    Mar 06, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

  • H. Rose
    Jul 31, 2018

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Linda Dimitroff
    May 03, 2012

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • J K Hoffman
    Nov 09, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • J K Hoffman
    Oct 22, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Synia
    Sep 30, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

  • Rob Bignell
    Nov 16, 2018

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Maykon Leyson
    Jan 18, 2013

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Dirk
    Aug 07, 2015

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Taylor Green
    Feb 13, 2014

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Robert
    Oct 08, 2013

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

  • Scott
    Nov 30, 2014

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

  • April
    Dec 21, 2016

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

  • Tim Bancroft
    Sep 18, 2014

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Alexander
    Aug 21, 2016

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Catherine Cole
    Mar 30, 2019

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

  • Katheryn
    Jan 26, 2019

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

  • Ethan Hulbert
    Feb 13, 2018

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

  • D. E.
    Jan 18, 2018

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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  • Michael Swanson
    Jul 11, 2018

    This is the first volume in a four-volume set put out by Writers Digest Books under the umbrella Science Fiction Writing Series. This entire series is highly recommendable, and you'll probably see the other volumes reviewed here by me in the future. Aliens and Alien Societies features ...

    You will never watch a science fiction movie or read a science fiction book about aliens the same way again. I am forever ruined, but gained a deeper appreciation of the science involved in creating fictional alien species. This book definitely leans towards hard science fiction. C...

    Excellent resource for writers of science fiction. You can also read it as an encyclopedia with entries on different topics, for quicker research. Creating alien beings involves so many different aspects that it is impossible to talk about each in considerable detail. The book would be...

    This is a book I?ve had for a long time. It's great. (Also I miss 90s covers like this one.) This book?s got everything. Science, language, lifestyle. It?s over 20 years old now, but it still holds up remarkably well. What a wonderful resource! It really helps you think about ...

    Very thought provoking on how to construct alien worlds and cultures. Gives good resources to explore further too. ...

    This is the writing book for STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics ) people wanting to create sci-fi fiction only someone with their talents could. It's a great guide to conceiving of alien races and societies, leaning more towards hard science fiction than space operas...

    This is from the Science Fiction Writing Series, and is geared towards those interested in writing science fiction, although I actually think this would be of interest to the general science fiction reader. According to the biography in the back, Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analo...

    I thought this was an excellent book. Schmidt covers a broad swath of ideas for creating aliens and societies, as well as providing useful case studies - analyzing many works of fiction, and describing various approaches to the challenge. This is another book I'm sure I'll refer to reg...

    Awesome for what it is, but not useful for a fantasy writer (oops). It gave me a few great ideas for shaping up my novel, however, so it wasn't wasted time. ...

    This book is just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! A must for anyone who appreciates science fiction. ...

    I wanted to create my aliens and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Another great reference book. Keeping it handy as I write. ...

    I would classify this book as essential reading for the writer who wants to create worlds that could actually exist, based on existing knowledge, but doesn't know where to start researching. ...

    As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them. ...

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