Sci-fi is all about the worldbuilding, some would say – after all, sci-fi calls up images of faraway planets and foreign cultures made real and present for us as the reader or viewer. So what is worldbuilding, anyway? What makes it effective?
I hope you’ll join me next week for “Worldbuilding – a Discussion,” on Queer Sci-Fi from Tuesday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 31st. We’ll spend each of the six days talking about books, television programming, and movies, as well as more personal video games, MMORPG’s, and LARP’s. (Did you know there’s even a Reddit for MMORPG’s? I didn’t either – check it out, here.) (No idea what those abbreviations are? MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game and LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing.)
But really, worldbuilding is about effective storytelling. Even if we’re telling one about present-day Chicago, we need to paint for our listener, viewer, or reader the picture of what today’s Chicago looks like – and that’s going to be different, depending on who the character is. The Chicago of Donald Trump, who owns Trump Tower downtown, is going to be much different than the Chicago of a single mother of four who just lost her job as a waitress.
So, come join the discussion! We’ll be chatting at the Queer Sci-Fi Discussion Group on Facebook. Membership is free and open to all.