Worldbuilding

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 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 »

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 »

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 »