New Worlds, Year Four: More Essays on the Art of Worldbuilding

Escape into another world . . .

New Worlds, Year Four: More Essays on the Art of Worldbuilding

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Release Date : April 20, 2021

ISBN Number : 9781636320076

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Escape into another world . . .

Bathing and banking, animals and adultery: human culture contains a truly daunting array of elements. The fourth volume of the NEW WORLDS series takes readers on a tour of all-new topics, delving into everything from childbirth to dream interpretation to the importance of generosity, as award-winning fantasy author and former anthropologist Marie Brennan continues her in-depth exploration of worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy.

Book 4 of the New Worlds series

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Table of Contents

  • Legal Systems
  • In the Courtroom
  • Other Kinds of Trial
  • Evidence
  • Why Punishment
  • Lock ’Em Up
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Social Punishments
  • Before (and After) Money
  • Debt
  • Taxation
  • Banking
  • A Good Host(ess)
  • Ring-Givers and Potlatch Chieftains
  • Public and Private Charity
  • Gift-Giving
  • Livestock
  • Working Animals
  • Fluffy and Fido and Friends
  • Let’s Go to the Zoo!
  • More Types of Marriage
  • After Death Do Us Part
  • A Bit on the Side
  • The Wrong Side of the Blanket
  • It’s That Time of the Month
  • Birth Control
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Childbirth
  • The Art and Science of Diagnosis
  • Anatomy
  • Surgery
  • Prostheses and Assistive Devices
  • Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
  • Skin Deep
  • The Hairs on Your Head
  • A Trip to the Dentist
  • Sleepytime
  • Sleeping Arrangements
  • Dreams
  • The Magic of Dreams
  • What Makes a God
  • Polytheism
  • Types of God
  • Syncretism
  • Sacred Holidays
  • Secular Holidays
  • How to Celebrate
  • Let’s Have a Parade!
  • Cultural Spheres
  • Marked and Unmarked Categories
  • Culture Contact

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About the Author: Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood, and together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. The first book of her Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her other works include the Doppelganger duology, the urban fantasy Wilders series, the Onyx Court historical fantasies, the Varekai novellas, and over seventy short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. For more information, visit swantower.com, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon.

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