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On the Writing of Speculative Fiction. 1947 On the Writing of Speculative Fiction
by Robert A. Heinlein
published in:
Of Worlds Beyond:
The Science of Science-Fiction Writing

Edited by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
First Edition 1947
Fantasy Press
Reading, PA
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by A.J. Donnell
96 pages
Price: $2.00

On the Writing of Speculative Fiction, an essay by Robert A. Heinlein (writing as Lyle Monroe). See pages 9-17.

Reprinted in:

  • Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction (1977)
  • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (1991)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XX (2004)
  • The Nonfiction of Robert Heinlein: Volume I (2011)
The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1965 Dennis Dobson hardback edition. Jacket design by Jenifer Armour. In this edition, Heinlein's essay is preceded by a biographical essay by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. See pages 11-12.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
A Symposium, containing essays by John W. Campbell Jr., L. Sprague de Camp, Robert Heinlein, Jack Williamson, A.E. Van Vogt, John Taine and Edward E. Smith with an introduction by John Carnell.

The pitfalls inherent in writing science fiction are not always evident to the would-be SF author and for many years there has been an urgent need for a guide to these and other problems with which he is faced.

In this symposium, seven prominent authors offer advice based on their success, and the writer who is planning to make a contribution to the SF market will find it both informative and helpful. This is the first book in a new series of DOBSON STUDIES IN SF.

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