Worldbuilding

12 – Urban Fantasy Worlds

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Oren and Mike discuss the unique challenges urban fantasy writers face when worldbuilding, and their share favorite solutions from books, shows and movies. They dissect tropes that are common in urban fantasy worlds and compare them from one world to the next. Read more »

The Three Types of Group Minds

What do the Borg from Star Trek, the Formians from Ender’s Game, and Gaia from Foundation have in common? They’re all group minds. What is a group mind? Essentially, a group mind is the connected consciousness of at least two individuals. There are lots of … read more »

Five Crazy Things That Look Like Fantasy – but Aren’t

Any good fantasy setting should be true to its name: fantastic. A dash of dragons, a sprinkling of flying castles, and a few sentient forests can really improve a world’s flavor. But some stories just aren’t compatible with obvious, physics-violating quirks. You may need to … read more »

Five Ways to Share Your World With Others

When worldbuilding is your favorite creative outlet, it can be difficult to find a forum for sharing. A world is not usually a stand alone product. Don’t fear, though, there are ways to let others enjoy your world and not feel all those hours of creative endeavor were for naught. Read more »

Five Ways to Get Carbon-Based Life Outside the Goldilocks Zone

Every once in a while, a team of astronomers discovers an Earth-sized planet orbiting its star equivalent to where Earth orbits the Sun. And popular science blogs go crazy, because – wow, that world could support life! It’s amazing… Or it would be, if life was as fickle as the writers of popular science blogs. Read more »

How to Create a Simple Language

Creating your own language probably brings to mind Tolkien’s Elvish languages or Marc Okrand’s Klingon. Most of us, though, aren’t scholars and linguists like Tolkien and Okrand. Don’t worry. You don’t need to be to add some linguistic depth to your worldbuilding. Creating a relatively simple naming language can do the trick. Read more »

The Planet Construction Kit Gives +2 to Worldbuilding

There are many tomes you can read to improve your skills; the worldbuilding skill is no exception. There’s one in particular I can personally vouch for: The Planet Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder. A Complete Guide to Worldbuilding Before I delve into the details, I … read more »

Know How Your Magic Works

Magic is a cornerstone of fantasy. A good place to start when creating a magic system is to ask yourself some questions about how the magic works. Knowing the answers to the following questions is integral to building a cohesive world. Read more »

4 – Science Fiction as Commentary on Today

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Oren, and Chris explore how science fiction is used to comment on contemporary issues. From dystopian novels to Vietnam War analogies, they share the stories that brought their message home, and deconstruct those that missed their mark. Read more »

Should You Put a Ring on It?

Are you making a fantastic world, or an alternate Earth? Do you like it? In the words of a wise woman: you should put a ring on it. Well, maybe. As anyone with a non-single marital status can attest, rings have consequences. Read more »

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