First Book for the Science Fiction Summer School

Our first book for this year's Science Fiction Summer School, which we'll be discussing next Thursday, is Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith.

Here's the publisher's description of the book:

James Gunn Describes "Science-Fiction Openings" in The Writer Magazine

The December 2011 issue of the Writer magazine (available in most bookstores, and can be purchased at, our very own James Gunn has an article about how to effectively open a science fiction story.

The article, "Science-Fiction Openings," begins:

"There's nothing like a good beginning -- unless it's a good ending. But, as I used to tell my fiction-writing students, without a good beginning the reader will never get to the ending."

Have you given away a book today?

As I mentioned in a previous post, AboutSF is working with Reading for the Future (RFF) on a science fiction workshop to be presented at the Worldcon taking place this coming August in Reno, Nevada. I've been working closely with David-Glenn Anderson of RFF and reading about RFF's efforts to promote SF education on the RFF: Talking Reading for the Future Yahoo! group (if you're not a member, check it out at