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World-Building (Science Fiction Writing)
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Gillett's volume has eight chapters: (1) Why World-Build? looks at the necessity of using real science to create the requisite sense of wonder in your science fiction writing; (2) The Astronomical Setting covers the important differences between planets and stars in general and gravity, orbits, seasons and tidal action in particular; (3) Making a Planet details how the formation of a planetary system impacts the resulting planets and the options for story writing; (4) The Earth looks at the interconnected aspects that make interesting variations possible with the home worlds you create because of plate tectonics, water and air, magnetic field, colors, etc.Read more ›
If you find this book useful you will also find "Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization" (available from Amazon) equally thought provoking and just as useful. While World-Building takes a look at planets in general it does focus on Earthlike planets in particular. Energies takes a wide-ranging look at Earth itself(its biomass, climate, animals and technology) with extensive charts, graphs and equations and fills in some areas where World-Building is thin. The books complement each other amazingly well. In addition, both list other references and resources for additional research.
This book gives the science fiction writer the science needed to create worlds on which your stories can unfold. As a scientist myself, I knew much of the information included, but there were more than a few times where I found myself saying "Wow, I never thought of that!".
I'm sure there are a lot of writers out there who aren't scientists like me, and I'm sure they would benefit from having this information so that their worlds will not only be more realistic, they'll be scientifically plausible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice resource, more for sci-fi than fantasy but works for both.Published 27 days ago by J. Lyon Layden
It's good for science fiction writers, but I should warn you there is a lot of math and science involved. Some of it is okay, but sometimes it will get to complicated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kaylee
I've only relied on a couple resources while writing my new sci-fi books, and this is one of them (the other being a book on physics by the great Michio Kaku). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ken Brosky
This is another of the all too few books on science fiction that are dedicated to helping amateurs understand things that they need to know but are well outside their area of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
A s a budding sci-fi writer (having written in-game content for the online RPG EVE Online), I have to say this is one of the most interesting and informative books on the market on... Read morePublished 17 months ago by TomHunter1968
This book is very wordy. Not exactly what I expected. Was looking more for tips on world building in literature in a more scifi and fantast style rather than a scientific literal... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ashley
Very good for writers to improve their worlds and/or help ppl writing material for RPGs like D&D scenarios. WB/DocPublished 21 months ago by Wayne Brown
Some of the science is glossed over and some of it is in exquisite detail. Might be useful as a reference some day.Published 24 months ago by Douglas D. Farren