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

Explore a world of your own . . .

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

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Release Date : April 2, 2019

ISBN Number : 9781611387834

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Explore a world of your own . . .

Science fiction and fantasy are renowned for immersing their readers in rich, inventive settings. In this follow-up to the collection New Worlds, Year One, award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan guides you through new aspects of worldbuilding and how they can generate stories. From beauty to books, from tattoos to taboos, these essays delve into the complexity of different cultures, both real and imaginary, and provide invaluable advice on crafting a world of your very own.

Book 2 of the New Worlds series

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Table of Contents

  • Sticks, Swords, and Very Sharp Rocks
  • The Social World of Weapons
  • Armor
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Honor
  • Codes of Honor
  • The Culture of Dueling
  • How to Fight a Duel
  • Standards of Beauty
  • Cosmetics
  • Body Modification I: Adornment
  • Body Modification II: Reshaping
  • Tattoos
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Incense
  • Clothing Basics
  • The Social Economy of Clothing
  • Clothing and Status
  • Modesty
  • Matchmaking
  • Courtship
  • Wedding Customs
  • Honeymoons
  • Writing Systems
  • The Tools of Writing
  • Stelae, Scrolls, and Books
  • Libraries
  • Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • The Printing Press
  • Censorship
  • Hours and Minutes and Seconds
  • Keeping Time
  • Time and Society
  • Concepts of Time
  • Religious Sites
  • Religious Practices
  • Religious Texts
  • Religious Specialists
  • Language as Magic
  • The Magic of Numbers
  • Superstitions
  • Taboos
  • Ghosts
  • The Undead
  • Witches
  • Faeries
  • Inventing Trees
  • Gratuitous Worldbuilding
  • Against Monoliths
  • World as Palimpsest

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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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