I gotta admit, when I saw the title of today's exercise, I was expecting "economics" and "commerce". I wasn't expecting this...
Check out some of the websites that relate to your novel, and pick out a book or two that you plan to read, either between now and when you start writing, or to flesh out your world after you've written your first draft.Today's task includes a host of links to websites and books as suggestions to peruse for ideas in fleshing out the world.
I can certainly do that; but sadly, I seem to be at a loss for links to webpages. Many of the links on the "Day 15" page are no longer active. One link that looked interesting is gone; Joan Slonczewski on the science in science fiction. It takes you to a "404" page on the SFWA. That's not very helpful.
These books look intriguing if I can find them...
- Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Includes a chapter called "The World-Builder's Handbook and Pocket Companion."
- The Writer's Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe by George Ochoa and Jeffrey Osier. Another good one for physical world-building, defining where the mountains belong, etc.
- The Borderlands of Science by Charles Sheffield. Gives a really good overview of science and where scientific knowledge has reached its limit.
- A similarly-titled book The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense by Michael Shermer explores the boundary between science and pseudo-science.
This marks the mid-point of the process; looking forward to the next 15 days, I see a lot of nitty-gritty details getting fleshed out. I'm going to do two days tomorrow (although I'll set one to post on Saturday), and on Monday I'll write Sunday and Monday's blog post. I don't have time to write all three tomorrow (hell, I'll barely have enough time to write two).