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Aug 24th, 2010, 8:25am
 
I have been doing some research on of all things the Bible and science fiction, UFO's, that sort of thing. I am amazed at all the sci-fi references and names I am finding with just a causal reading.

Some of the most known names in sci-fi are straight out of the Bible. Of course in the books and movies they can be good or bad guys. But even so, some of the plot lines, character names even alien traits are straight from the Bible.

Ok, so that must mean that the writers of the sci-fi have read the Bible and used some of the same material in their work.

With that said I have to say that the Bible should be a reference book for all writers of the genre.

So besides the obvious, dictionary, thesaurus and the like, what other non sci-fi books should the successful writer have on their own bookshelf?.
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Reply #1 - Aug 24th, 2010, 11:19pm
 
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So besides the obvious, dictionary, thesaurus and the like, what other non sci-fi books should the successful writer have on their own bookshelf?.


The Mahabharata , anyway,from ancient India  could be useful  as  reference  for  Sci- Fi/Fantasy  and Horror writers...eh,eh...many  ancient  hidden  truths     Shocked Shocked Shocked    in there, all the same in the  Book  of Enoch...but  who  really knows...eh,eh Smiley  ?
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Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2010, 5:35am
 
Good call.

Of course some kind of history book or books.
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Reply #3 - Aug 26th, 2010, 8:15am
 
Good suggestions all. Here are some writing tomes to consider:

Elements of Style--Strunk and White. (A very old edition--pre E.B. White, I think--is available online).

Writing Prose: Techniques and Purposes--Thomas S. Kane and Leonard J. Peters

The Chicago Style Manual

The Government Printing Office (GPO) Style Guide (available online)

Others later . . .
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Reply #4 - Sep 3rd, 2010, 4:22pm
 
"The Golden Bough" by Sir James George Frazer.
Also there are many nonfiction books on myths and legends. I've been reading "Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside" by Brad Steiger. "Celtic Myths and Legends" by Charles Squire is good. I prefer the older books written before Anne Rice. Accounts written by people who still believe in monsters are much more interesting to me.
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Reply #5 - Sep 5th, 2010, 8:01am
 
I've also got a book on American folk lore. Some really odd creepies and crawlies.

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Reply #6 - Sep 6th, 2010, 4:00pm
 
Oh! And I don't know how I forgot about this one: anything by Michio Kaku. The one I'm reading now (I began reading it awhile ago and lent it to somebody who has returned it so I am rereading it now.) is "Physics of the Impossible" by Dr. Kaku. If you can't come up with an idea for a science fiction story after reading a little bit of this book, you aren't really trying.
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