Writing Fantasy: How to Create Realistic Geography

Here I'm going to talk about geography in fantasy. First thing, and probably the most important thing I'll say in this post: consider the effect of the geography on the people that live there. Before we get to that, though, let's cover the basics of geography: - Rivers flow downland, towards the sea. - Mountains …

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Writing Fantasy: How to Handle Politics

When writing fantasy, most people choose to adapt an existing nation or culture, change a few key concepts, and use that as their outline. This is still very feasible today, and you can still draw plenty of unique ideas from even the most used cultures. Case  study: everybody has done the Romans, but when they …

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Review: “Extraction Request” by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld #112)

(Read it here!) About the Author: According to his website, Rich Larson has received the 2014 Dell Award and 2012 Rannu Prize for Writers of Speculative Fiction, and has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Prize. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart and Journey Prizes. He has been published in Asimov's and F&SF magazines, …

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Review: “The Abduction of Europa” by E. Catherine Tobler (Clarkesworld #112)

(Read the story here!) This review assumes you have already read it, so please do check it out before reading on. About the Author: E. Catherine Tobler is, like Tuesday's author, another tried-and-tested writer of professional standards. A quick look at her website reveals an impressive bibliography of work that stretches across at least a decade …

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