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November 29, 2011

World building


Quotulatiousness cites Charlie Stross on worldbuilding for SF.

Not having - knowingly - read the man's work, I googled Charles Stross and learned two things. First, he invented the githyanki, and; second, where he borrowed the name from.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game articles about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the White Dwarf magazine. Some of his creatures, such as the death knight, githyanki (borrowed from George R. R. Martin's book, Dying of the Light), githzerai, and slaad (a chaotic race notable for their rigid caste system) were later published in the Fiend Folio monster compendium.

It was about two years ago I realized I would never have time to read all the books I would like to read before I die. And the list just got longer.

Related: How I learned to stop being critical and love the Fiend Folio.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 29, 2011 07:48 AM