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May 7, 2017 AT 12:00 am

An Argument Against Worldbuilding #SciFiSunday

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Lincoln Michel argues that writers, especially science fiction and fantasy writers, over-emphasize the importance of worldbuilding.

Via Electric Literature.

Forget plot or characters. Don’t worry about voice or structure. If you believe the internet, there’s nothing more important in fiction than worldbuilding. “Every story requires” worldbuilding, which is “is an essential part of any work of fiction” and “the very essence of any good fantasy or science fiction story.” What once was a term used for a certain strain of second world fantasy fiction has spread across cultural criticism, and is heard in university literature classes and video game reviews in equal measure.

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