Aliens & Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms

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Writer's Digest Books, May 30, 2011 - Reference - 240 pages
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"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Stanley Schmidt guides you toward a better understanding of our universe to create beings who will live in your science fiction.

Aliens and Alien Societies explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll avoid bringing characters from solar systems unlikely to support life. Discover the galaxy's vastness and imagine the technology needed to cross it. Put biochemistry on your side to put viable creatures on your pages. Learn how engineering shapes life and why this suggests that intelligent inhabitants of other planets might have similarities to humans. Develop well-founded cultures and logical languages. Introduce aliens to people or other aliens. Portray them as individuals, true to their species.

In this book, possibilities abound and lines between knowledge and conjecture blur enthrallingly.

Aliens and Alien Societies is thoughtful, clear and utterly fascinating. It is filled with facts to help you write believable fictions about the things in heaven and earth.

 

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - slothman - LibraryThing

A good survey of the matters one must keep in mind when building alien beings and alien societies. It's more of a collection of starting points rather than a treasure trove of ideas. Schmidt gives good advice on exposition as well as worldbuilding. Read full review

Contents

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CHAPTER 3
Planets and MoonsA WorldBuilding Primer The Importance of Your Star Day Length and AxialTilt CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
Creating a mediumof information exchange for your aliens
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
Case StudiesSomeexamples ofintegrated alienalien world combinations
A Glossary of Selected Terms
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