Using the Real in Your Science Fiction and Fantasy

Using the Real in Your Science Fiction and Fantasy

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The usual writing advice “write what you know" doesn't seem to apply to speculative fiction, but in fact our world can certainly inspire and inform your writing. Learn how to incorporate our real world into your science fiction and fantasy.


New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author, with her husband Tee Morris, of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels as well as Social Media for Writers. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice, the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for steampunk, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.

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