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New Worlds: The History We Live In

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) This week’s post is brought to you by a patron request! The topic suggestion had to do with conveying historical complexity, which is itself complex enough that it can’t be … Continue reading

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New Worlds: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Possibly the most unrealistic thing about money in fantasy is that it almost always just works. Early in the novel Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson — who has a gift for turning … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Follow the Money

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you go into a store today and buy something, you’re almost certainly doing it one of two ways: either you’re handing over one or more pieces of paper with … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Your Money’s Worth

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Since many of us have just gotten through tax season and a patron question last month had to do with currency, let’s talk about money. In fantasy games and quite … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Etiquette of Names

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Closing out the topic of names (at least for now), let’s dig into how they get used. This is something I think Americans sometimes have trouble grasping, because our society … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Names and Their Meaning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I originally thought I would get through the topic of names in a single post. (More fool me.) Let’s move on to what names mean. On the wall of my … Continue reading

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New Worlds: What’s In a Name?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing on from the discussion of phonology, I want to get into names — not how they sound, but how they’re used. When I’m reading, I see a huge number … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Phonology the Easy Way

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’m not likely to get too deep into the subject of conlanging — constructing languages — in this series. It’s a topic that can literally fill a book on its … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Measuring Time

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Before we get to the post itself, a brief housekeeping note: for this Patreon, I’ve committed to four essays a month. But as you may have noticed, I post on … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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