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BVC Announces New Worlds, Year Five — now in print!

New Worlds, Year Five by Marie BrennanNew Worlds, Year Five: More Essays on the Art of Worldbuilding
by Marie Brennan

Bring a new world to life . . .

In science fiction and fantasy, anything can provide color and conflict — from soldiers, to schools, to shops, to sexuality. Continuing her comprehensive NEW WORLDS series of worldbuilding guides, award-winning fantasy author and former anthropologist Marie Brennan takes a deep dive into monarchy and democracy, natural disasters, warfare, gender, and the subtleties of language variation both in the world and on the page.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • There Can Be Only One
  • Royal Dignity
  • Autocrats, Dictators, and Tyrants
  • Next in Line
  • Approaches to Democracy
  • The Right to Vote
  • Parliaments and Presidents
  • Political Factions
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Family Feud
  • Hostages and Ransoms
  • If You’ll Be My Bodyguard
  • Military Types
  • Where Do Armies Come From?
  • How to Make a Soldier
  • Women in War
  • What Is Sex?
  • What Is Gender?
  • Male and Female
  • Beyond the Binary
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Homosexuality
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Misbehavior
  • Off to Market
  • Come Buy, Come Buy
  • Let’s Go Shopping
  • Bargaining Chips
  • Fuel for the Fire
  • A Light to Live By
  • Staying Warm
  • Keeping Cool
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fighting Fire
  • Fire Prevention
  • Disaster Relief
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Apprentice, Journeyman, Master
  • Time for School
  • Higher Education
  • Oral Storytelling
  • Literary Storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Multilingualism and Linguas Francas
  • Dialects, Pidgins, and Creoles
  • Sign Languages
  • The Games Languages Play
  • Language Variance on the Page
  • Fantastical Language
  • The Subtle Art of Naming
  • The Pace of Change

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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, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon.


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