Whether the setting is next year, next century or next millennia like mine, depicting the future is never easy. If you stick too close to current trends, the future might catch up with you before the book is published. If you predict flying cars and undersea cities in twenty years, you run the risk of asking readers to suspend too much disbelief. And the comfortable middle ground is…well comfortable, which is one baby step away from being tired. (more…)
Month: October 2014
Creating Hell on Earth: Dystopian Worldbuilding
Have you ever wanted to play God, build a world only to see it crash and burn? If you’ve ever watched a toddler build a block tower only to kick it down and start over, you know creation and destruction are both intrinsic to our human nature. Maybe that explains the reoccurring floods of dystopians hitting book stores and spilling over into theaters with increasing regularity.
So what does it take to build a dystopian society? (more…)