A Writer’s Guide to the Art of Worldbuilding
by Marie Brennan
$3.99 (Nonfiction) ISBN 978-1-61138-729-2
A BVC Original
Step into a world of your own making . . .
Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy — and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer.
She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures — from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang –and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer.
This volume collects essays from the first year of the New Worlds Patreon.
“New Worlds is an essential worldbuilding reference for writers of speculative fiction. Marie Brennan’s deep love and knowledge of cultures around the world makes her eminently qualified to guide us through some of the lesser-known (and lesser thought-of) parts of human behavior. More than once I stopped reading, struck by one observation or another, and said, ‘Wow, that would make a great story.’ Highly recommended.” — Christopher Paolini, author of The Inheritance Cycle