Worldbuilding with Horses: Urban Horsekeeping

In worlds and historical periods in which horses are a primary means of transport, they often coexist with cities. There’s a bit of a disconnect there. Large, herd-dwelling herbivore that evolved on and for steppe and tundra, that needs large … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding with Horses: Personalities

There’s one trap the worldbuilder can fall into all too easily. It’s the same one Hollywood persistently falls into with genre films. The special effects take over, and nobody remembers that what really makes a story work is people. Soylent … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding with Horses: Making the Magic Happen

I still have more to say about science-fictional horses, but I’ve promised the Kickstarter backers a go at that first if we make the next bonus tier, so this week we’re switching genres. Horses and magic have a long, long … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding With Horses: Ponies in Space!

Ha! Thought this would be all about fantasy and historicals (pre- included) and preindustrial societies, didn’t you? In the process of interacting with the public for my Kickstarter project, I’ve been riffing on (and offering to write a story about) … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding with Horses: Cultural Directions

As every dedicated worldbuilder knows, any element you add to the mix changes it in various and sometimes dramatic ways. But even subtle changes can affect the whole direction the world takes. I’ve talked about both what happens when you … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding with Horses: Preindustrial Revolution

Worldbuilding with horses can do really interesting things to your infrastructure, your geography, and your culture. It can also have profound effects on the ability of a culture (whether tribal unit or full-on nation state) to grow and expand. I … Continue reading

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