Writing Excuses 7.3: Fauna and Flora
Animals and plants, round two! We begin this episode with examples where we think people did their flora and fauna wrong, or poorly, or at least in ways we can poke easy holes in. Our examples include:
- Pitch Black
- And then we get tired of negative examples, and talk about The Mote in God’s Eye.
Homework: Populate Excustoria’s coast with some magically, meteorically mutated life.
Thing of the week: Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card, narrated by Stefan Rudniki. It’s a fantastic example of well-constructed flora and fauna, and it’s also a good example of how to make a sequel almost completely unlike the book that came before it.
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