Geography (n)

: an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc.

: the natural features (such as rivers, mountains, etc.) of a place

Going back to our observation on extraterritorial concepts in our science fiction writing, I find the geographical development of a strange new world is key to a successful story. By developing the natural features of an exotic planet far away, we can set the tone of the first impression of the species on that planet.

The natural features provide boundaries around which a writer can map out the location of countries and cities. Each of these places can be shaped by the landscape and climate around them. Mountainous species that thrive in the rugged terrain can live high above the folks in the valley who make their trade on the lakes and rivers around them.

I myself am a fan of the “water is needed” concept for life to exist. There is something familiar and calming about water to humankind and can be used to connect with another species when there are struggles in early communication.

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4 Responses to Geography

  1. TaMara says:

    I think the opportunity to create a new world would be amazing but difficult.

    AJ’s AtoZ wHooligan
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

    • kondorkyinia says:

      It certainly is but that is part of the fun! Visions of the world I am creating are in my head but getting them into concise words is a challenge!

      Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

  2. Finley Jayne says:

    world building can make or break a book for me- great choice for the letter ‘G’ 🙂

    Finley Jayne

    • kondorkyinia says:

      Thank you for your comment Finley! I have put so many books down over the years after the world that was being built just collapsed under poor construction. Good luck to you!

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