14.6: Fantasy and Science Fiction Races
Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab
Let’s talk about race, sort-of. Let’s talk about creating races—species of people, really—which is a critically important activity in much of our worldbuilding. In this episode we discuss a few of the pitfalls, some of our own techniques, and a few of our favorite alien¹ races.
¹Can of Worms: It’s likely you’ll subconsciously code your creations after people who are “other” to you. This is both fraught and inescapable, but we don’t want to discourage you from trying. On May 26th we’ll go into detail telling you “yes, you can,” in a Writing The Other episode entitled “Yes You Can.”
Homework: Take one major historical event, and set it in space with non-human races.
Thing of the week: Dragon’s Blood, by Jane Yolen, narrated by Marc Thompson.
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