The Planet Construction Kit Paperback – 9 Oct 2010
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Mark Rosenfelder is a conlanger, creator of zompist.com and author of the Language Construction Kit.
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It's a very good book that provides a good number of pointers and aspects of a world that you need to keep in mind when world-building that I had not thought about. For example, I have been building my world for the best part of 4 years and not once thought about marriage customs or clothing styles. I had just written them in with little thought to what cultural styles and how things would develop.
This book is very good for those wishing to create a world based on either a fantasy or a sci-fi theme but if you're doing one or the other, you have to sometimes miss out certain bits which refer to the other genre such as planet generation en mass.
What this book covers are methods to develop an entire planet, complete with realistic year lengths and distances from the sun, plate tectonic's etc. There's also chapters on developing Culture, clothing styles, War and the use of various weapons, law and how to develop a logical set, Religious orders, Economy (which I think is very important but often glanced over) and how to develop an ordered history of the world.
There's little more that I can say that would put this book any higher on the must read list for conworlder's. It's a valuable tool that you can go through, almost list like, and make sure you've got at least something for the each point. The difficulty when you have this book, however, is that you'll realise that you are spending far too much time working on the world and not writing the story that you made the world for!
Only problems I've got with this book is that in at least one place it actually looks like a page is missing and there are a few typo's and spelling mistakes.
Plate Tectonics got three (3) pages, although those process define the bones of the land, many major river valleys, most mineral deposits, 'rain shadow' zones etc etc etc. Didn't even mention 'Wilson Cycle' of ocean basin formation & destruction.
"If you're ambitious, you could simulate the last billion years or so of plate tectonics and draw maps of the various supercontinents and how they divided. This would give you a very realistic set of old and new mountains. I'll be the first to admire your perfectionism, but it's overkill for most conworlders"
Upside, is it is very good on civilisations & society, with lots of thought-provoking check-lists to jog the creativity, prevent silly blunders and avert over-simplifications...