Worldbuilding in the Real World

Novels that invent locations in our reality

Last summer, in the early days of this never-ending pandemic, I read two fantastic novels that were perhaps the purest examples of worldbuilding I’ve ever read… and yet both took place in our world. “Worldbuilding”—the construction of an invented setting/culture/civilization/etc. in fiction—is a term that is ubiquitous in the SFF world. But the term is …

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