11.15: The Environment, with L.E. Modessit, Jr.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. joined us at LTUE for a world building discussion centered around the way the environment informs the story. We talk about lead in Roman plumbing, water lilies in Las Vegas sewers, and coal power in the British Empire, and how these examples can help us more effectively use the environments in our stories.
Liner Notes: We mentioned both Americapox, The Missing Plague, (a YouTube video) and the excellent book Guns, Germs, and Steel.
Homework: Come up with a fantasy fuel that has extreme, but unintended consequences.
Thing of the week: Solar Express, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr, narrated by Robert Fass.
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