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Writing SF from a Master, Tom Purdom

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  1. Marian

    Here is a Q&A with Tom Purdom in the current Asimovs Magazine. He covers a lot about writing sf, getting ideas, getting past writer's block, etc.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. Marian

    Here's a message from Tom Purdom about the reprint of his first novel which came out 56 years ago!
    "My first science fiction novel, I Want the Stars, has been reprinted by Journey Press --56 years after its first and only publication! It's available as a paperback and an ebook on Amazon, and it's available as an eBook from Barnes and Noble. The publisher of Journey Press, Gideon Marcus, has informed me it's also being carried by 500 bookstores.

    Journey Press is the publishing arm of the Galactic Journey website. Gideon's father left him with a science fiction collection that covered 55 years of science fiction books and magazines. The Galactic Journey website has been using the collection to review the science fiction published 55 years ago, moving forward year by year. They got to 1964 and Gideon decided he liked the book and wanted to reprint it.

    I Want the Stars was published as half of an Ace Double. Ace specialized in action-adventure science fiction and it was a good beginner's market. I wrote the book with Ace in mind but I decided I didn't want to set it in a standard, off the shelf background like a galactic empire or an interstellar federation. Instead, I had the interstellar adventurers in the story come from a future Earth based on a highly personal vision of the kind of advanced society I would like to live in. This created some interesting tensions in the book, since there's a conflict between the society I was envisioning and the violent action demanded by a space opera.

    A few years ago, I wrote a "literary memoir" discussing different things I've written, and published it on my website. The chapter I wrote on I Want the Stars has been added to the new edition as an afterword. You can also read it on my website at

    Journey's first publication might interest some readers. It's called Rediscovery and it's an anthology of science fiction by women writers published from 1958 to 1963."

    Posted 2 months ago #

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