19.19: A Close Reading on Worldbuilding: An Overview and why A Memory Called Empire

28m | May 12, 2024

Why is worldbuilding is essential in your writing? Today, we answer this question and dive into some working definitions of how we want to talk about it. After the break, we discuss why we chose this book Arkady Martine’s “A Memory Called Empire” and highlight what it does well. We dive into the elements that help make Martine’s worldbuilding so accessible and effective. 

Thing of the Week: 

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman (think about what it teaches you about POV!)


Pick your favorite fictional worlds and for each write down three defining attributes that establish culture, legal systems, and physical spaces.

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Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was produced by Emma Reynolds, recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

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