Food storage methods are indicative of sociopolitical system. Also: ancient governments fed people in need during times of economic crisis.
Just because we’re stuck with capitalism & currency-based economic systems doesn’t mean that’s all we can find in our fiction (or history!). (On Tor.com)
History contains thousands of years of inspiration for creating systems for sending in fiction, from Persian couriers to African drums.
There’s an idea floating around that roads, aqueducts, and other large-scale civil engineering projects required Roman-era engineering. This is a false narrative. A fantasy world doesn’t need iron-age technology to...