Checking On Culture
By Lee Killough.
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A must have for worldbuilding writers
Every story, whatever the genre, happens somewhere. Every story involves characters whose background has helped make them what they are. Checking On Culture provides a structured approach to aid the author in creating the place and characters, a checklist of fifty-two categories Lee developed for writing her own books. The checklist and its accompanying commentary and examples is adaptable for all genres, whether the author wants to construct an entire civilization or just needs a reminder to consider the details in a setting close to home.
Killough answers all your questions about how to develop cultures. This wonderful non-fiction reference is a must-have for every writer.
If you write any kind of fiction at all which deals with world building (creating a world, environment, culture, population – human or otherwise) then to you I highly recommend this little book. I picked my copy up at a science fiction convention directly from the author’s table several years ago and I have never regretted it.
Actually, I’ve thanked myself for it, numerous times, and would also like to publically thank Lee Killough for writing it. It doesn’t mince words. It gets right to the point. It’s a tool to help you develop, in your mind and on the page, the most complete and realistic society and environment for your otherworldly stories.
— Jerry J. Davis, author of Travels and 11 Days on Earth