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Stephen Baxter’s take December 7, 2005

Posted by sensawunda in Sensawunda 101.

Here’s an interesting take on writing a story with sensawunda, from SF author Stephen Baxter. I confess I haven’t read any of his works, unless maybe I caught one of his short stories somewhere. I might just have to add him to my TBR list.

Source of this quote: http://www.sfwa.org/bulletin/articles/baxter.htm

“ I want my stories to be more than simple puzzle-tales (though there’s nothing wrong with puzzle-tales!). So I work hard to deliver a charge of sensawunda to the reader. It seems to surprise readers that sf writers work consciously at making their stories wondrous! Sensawunda can come from changing the reader’s perception, through dramatic revelations of the nature of the new world, from rushes of extrapolation of the central idea, from changes of scale or perspective. I like to let my imagination run riot: it’s my world, after all… although I try to be sure I take the reader with me.?



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