A lot is happening and I mistakenly forgot to finish talking about World Creation:Building Brand New Ones. It is a huge topic that could fill volumes, so I’m only give you some brief but important pointers here to get you started in the right direction. Since you don’t want to do a parallel world like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, or throw our current world into the future like Blade Runner or do an alternate history, which all use aspects of a world we’re familiar with, you need to create rules for your world.
Creating laws for a new world is sort of like discovering your own laws of physics. How does matter work in your world. What forms of matter are there? What form is your creature/hero/heroine? How are things created? How are things destroyed? What does a natural ending consist of? What are the interactions between beings? Magnetic? Repellent? What do they subsist on?
In creating this new world, you have to make these decisions and keep them consistent throughout the story. You will have to decide what moral code if any that they live by. What are their rituals? Their belief system? How do they react to outsiders?
The movie that most comes to mind when building a new world is an early French science fiction animated film called “Fantastic Planet.” According to the historical account of toplessrobot.com, “this surreal animated film from René Laloux won the special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed in the U.S. by Mr. Roger Corman. The film is set on the planet of the Draags; a giant humanoid race that keep humans (called “Oms) as pets. They attach pseudo-magnetic collars to their Oms that have the capability of literally dragging them back home. For fun they make them fight or create miniature storm clouds to chase them around. The story revolves around a pet Om named Terr, who acquires forbidden knowledge via his owner’s educational headset. Terr escapes and takes the headset with him back to the wild Oms. Some of the Oms refuse the knowledge the high-technology of the headset offers, and the debate of science vs. religion begins.”
It is a riviting tale, and if you are fortunate enough to see this film, you will get an excellent idea of what you have to do to create a brave new world.
I’ve shared quite a lot in one sitting. Be sure to ask questions.
Susan Hanniford Crowley