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"Kalgash is an alien world and it is not our intention to have you think that it is identical to Earth, even though we depict its people as speaking a language that you can understand, and using terms that are familiar to you. Those words should be understood as mere equivalents of alien terms-that is, a conventional set of equivalents of the same sort that ...


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Step 1: Decide how scientific you want to be There are three general levels of science fiction. 'Soft', 'medium', and 'hard'. Soft science fiction is science fictiong that doesn't even want to try and justifies everything with either new materials that aren't explained or new fields of science that aren't explained. A great example of something which is ...


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Message from Dea My Dear Tasty Morsels, You misunderstand the origin and nature of the recipe-ingredient that you call "demons". They are not creatures from beyond my domain. I am all powerful! There is nothing beyond my domain. Anything you have heard to the contrary is just demon propaganda; meant to nurture your delicious fear. The demons are a ...


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General Guides Universe Factory: Some theoretical considerations to world building methods A short guide to worldbuilding - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Roll for Fantasy worldbuilding guide - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Ultimate worldbuilding guide for writers Guide To World-Building: How To Write Fantasy, Sci-Fi And Real-Life Worlds Short Primer of the Making of ...


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In 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a country and the land was divided up into 15 countries, generally along boundaries of countries that existed when the Soviet Union formed in 1917, swallowing up existing countries that had been under Russian control. But this is overly simplistic and boundaries/countries were not the same as before. Yugoslavia ...


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Since deamons are not creators at first place, they may be completely uncreative. And their weapons are just salvaged and corrupted versions of human weapons (or ideas of this weapons). Demons just have no idea of "innovation" and "development". They just take, steal what exist now. Reseting process may last long enough to advanced weapons to stop working ...


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When the world resets, the demons must conserve their strength to survive the long soulless winter. A demon lord from the last world may have consumed a million mortal souls, but then must wait eons before a new world is ready to feast on again. Like a bear in hibernation, his "fat" is depleted, and when humans return to the world, the demons are starving ...


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24 hours? Some people who worry about such things say that a modern city is three square meals away from anarchy. (Or one square meal, or three days. The principle stays the same and controlled experiments on the proposition are not exactly feasible.) Modern urban areas are utterly dependent on just-in-time delivery. If that breaks down, modern society ...


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Just as with your previous questions, I'm going to provide an answer that is unlike what you wanted or expected, but which I think is what you need to hear. Take, for example, this question: Interstellar war tactics with no FTL capabilities? The author wishes to use quantum entanglement to allow for FTL communication. Quantum entanglement cannot be used ...


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Not long. Most cities have very minimal supplies of even what you'd consider the basics of life today. Food is grown far outside a city's borders and transported in; water purification and sewage processing is situated near large fresh water sources, and the treated product is piped in; electricity generation also happens where it's most optimal to situate ...


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it seems almost impossible for a country to give up land for a new country. Not necessarily. There are also example of peaceful separation: Czechoslovakia is one of these. Czechoslovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful ...


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I read your question two different ways. If you're asking about the general process required for creating a new country peacefully, then it would look much like the non-peaceful route (just without the violence). Boundaries would have to be defined and a government set up. Becoming a "real" country won't happen until other countries formally recognize you,...


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Humans conquer the Demons before they get raptured in each cycle. Dea's condition for being able to safely rapture her harvest is to have them conquer the Demons. This causes Demon population, tech level, and invasion capability to completely regress to the initial levels in preparation for Dea to rapture and reset.


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Don't sweat it. You don't need to be rigorous, you just need to be plausible. Some things on your list, yes I would eliminate as they are written. (I skimmed...) E.g. Plate tectonics -- look at plate boundaries, ring of fire, subduction zones, mid oceanic ridges and mountain ranges now on earth, file off the serial numbers. E.g. A moon at the L1 point ...


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You have a few problems Starting on the left, purple, you can't have a land mass between two places that were once joined,otherwise if you wind time back they can't join up because there is a land mass in the way. Pale blue, you can't form spikes like that,not as a plate to plate break. You can't have a sharp V shaped spreading center, crust breaks in 120 ...


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Sharks are not interested in plankton or algae. Create different classes of demons and make the development of civilization a phenomenon that attracts demons of increasing power. Perhaps the usage of technology creates supernatural emanations through the void, drawing the attention of these hungry creatures. Planets of low tech will not attract enough ...


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The process of balkanization is certainly very messy, but not necessarily bloody. Regions can vote themselves out via the democratic process, similar to the Scottish referendum. A colony, region or far out island territory could be abandoned for various reasons. Territories are sometimes sold like the Louisiana Purchase.


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I see three ways to go about doing this: Go for something natural, but imperfect, like the Valles Marineris on Mars; cheat by using a small moon not in hydrostatic equilibrium, specifically a contact binary; or go for an artificial surface feature. Valles Marineris and Rift Vallies Valles Marineris is probably the most visually impressive rift valley in ...


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It doesn't have to be rigorous, it just needs to be plausible and consistent. First you have to decide how hard your sci-fi is going to be, the harder it is the more rigorous it has to be and the more research you are going to have to do, at a certain point you reach diminishing returns because you can't know enough (literally, no one human can keep up with ...


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This very much depends on the sort of story you want to write and whether the technology itself is effectively a character in that story. Star Wars. It's entirely fantasy, it has wizards and magic swords, for all practical purposes they might as well be riding horses or flying carpets as in spaceships. Everything runs on handwavium and technology is ...


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Even in your world with advanced semi-modern technologies, scientists are baffled. In your world, just like today, genetic modification exists. But even after experimenting and dissecting these creatures, the way they function remains a mystery. Scientists keep trying - and failing. Maybe one day they will finally understand, but for now the special ability ...


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One reason could be that they simply want to rebuild and to defeat the acts of the abomination. If this eldritch abomination came and killed so many of their kin, then creating a new world would be a way of restoring their loss and representing that their hated foe failed to conquer them. No better revenge than a life lived well. Except maybe creating new ...


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If one existed, it'd be better than the strangelet device Strangelets, for all intents and purposes, are just gray goo, except they function on a sub-molecular level. That means that you'd need a device capable of destruction on that level to stop the spread. And if you have such a device, capable of destroying the strangelet spread, than just use that ...


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Happiness is not a destination, it's the way you travel. Sure, being challenged and overcome this challenge will bring some happiness, as receiving a paycheck when you need the money for something nice. Still, it'll be fairly short as a state of being, and status quo will come back shortly. You cannot cheat on happiness, it has to come from within, and as ...


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Start from the mechanism I'm a devout adherent to Sanderson's Laws of Magic, named after fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. All three of these principles are much easier to achieve if you start by defining the thing you want to change about the physics, geography, geology or whatever, of our universe to get your fantasy universe, and then work forward from ...


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The technical term for this is 'calling a rabbit a smeerp'. In other words, taking something which exists on Earth and give it an alien name just for show. The rule of thumb when writing is to only call alien things by alien names when they are functionally distinguished from the Earth counterparts. Not merely different, but perform a functionally different ...


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Well, you're not only building a world, you're also building a game, and this changes everything. If you want an immersive experience with a world that feels different, brand new creatures are a must. They can be "inspired" from earth creatures, but in the end this won't be a "we changed the skins but they are the same" output, as every change will have ...


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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (wiki link here). This is the book to read if you want to get some interesting perspectives on the commonality of mythology and stories throughout cultures. The author's thesis is that much of mythology follows the same basic story, which he calls the "monomyth". It is comprised, basically, of the following story, quoted ...


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James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, 1890. The Wikipedia article has links to several on-line editions. Warning! (1) It is a massive work. (2) It is addictive. (3) It is somewhat out of date anthropologically, but that shouldn't matter as a source of artistic inspiration. Robert Graves, The White Goddess, 1948. Warning! It is a poetic / fantasy essay made ...


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They exist outside the multiverse This is a golden ticket to impose whatever arbitrary conditions you'd like. A few possibilities: Going from Outside into the Multiverse is easier than going the other way. Demons developing technology (during or immediately preceding an invasion) can't transmit knowledge of those technologies back to the Outside very ...


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