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Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is the process of constructing an imaginary world, sometimes associated with a whole fictional universe. Developing an imaginary setting with coherent qualities such as a history, geography, and ecology is a key task for many science fiction or fantasy writers. Worldbuilding often involves the creation of maps, a backstory, and people for the world. Constructed worlds can enrich the backstory and history of fictional works.

What's the word for when Abraham's vision of Sodom burning comes true?

Prophecy & Language: When Foretellings Come True

The search for a word that means “this fulfills the prophecy” or “a prophecy has been fulfilled.” With the help of several experts and crowdsourced input from Mastodon, I investigate related Greek, Arabic Hebrew, and English terms and their implications for each culture.

Author Interviews

Interview with Bruce Castle

This month I had a chance to speak with Bruce Castle, the low-key Indie author of a deeply underrated tale with a lot of …

Author Interviews

Interview with Katharine Wibell

Katharine Wibell, author of the Incarn Saga, has graciously agreed to be interviewed this month! Even more graciously, she agreed to give us some …

George Washington admitting he chopped the cherry tree.

Exaggeration: History Becomes Myth

It was the Black Company series by Glen Cook that made me realize how often history becomes myth, exaggerated beyond meaningful belief. …

Battle of Kurukshetra from the Bhagavad Gita.

Religion & War in Myth Cycles

As I research background for my novel, I’ve noticed that many of the stories from which we’ve gained our understanding of ancient cultures have …