Resources & Links

Writing, especially writing science fiction, is not possible without consulting some resources, and this is a subset of resources I have found useful in my writing and research.


Writing ResourcesBooksScience


Writing Resources

William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format
Chicago Manual of Style
Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
How to Write, by Robert J. Sawyer


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Books

Writing Related

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, by the Editors of Analog and Asimov’s Science Fiction
On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner
The Anatomy of Story, John Truby
Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, Lawrence Block
Characters and Viewpoint, Orson Scott Card
Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint, Nancy Kress

Linguistics
The Unfolding of Language, Guy Deutscher
Through The Language Glass, Guy Deutscher
Bastard Tongues, Derek Bickerton
Adam’s Tongue, Derek Bickerton
Empires of the Word, Nicholas Ostler

Biology
The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
Evolution, The Triumph of an Idea, Carl Zimmer
Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice To All Creation, Olivia Judson

Economics
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Superfreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford
The Logic of Life, Tim Harford
Cities and The Wealth of Nations, Jane Jacobs
The Economy of Cities, Jane Jacobs

Mathematics
Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos
Once Upon a Number, John Allen Paulos

History/Politics
The End of Kings–A History of Republics and Republicans, William R. Everdell
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
The Discourses, Niccolo Machiavelli

Multi-disciplinary
Aliens and Alien Societies, Stanley Schmidt (1996)
Worldbuilding, Stephen L. Gillett
Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
Collapse, Jared Diamond

Miscellaneous
Hank Reinhardt’s Book of Knives, Hank Reinhardt


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Science

Biology

MIT Opencourseware – Biology
Evolution Resources from the National Academies of Science

Physics
MIT Opencourseware – Physics

Astronomy
Mike Brotherthon’s Astronomy Resources for Writers

Linguistics/Languages
Omniglot, The Online Encyclopedia of Writing Systems and Languages

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