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Orbital Mechanics for Dummies

Where can I learn about the physics of spaceflight if I don't know calculus? What books, movies, video games, websites, etc., would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by contemporarySlob on Apr 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me improve my worldbuilding

As my Pathfinder gaming group just came to an abrupt end due to lack of time on the GM's end (an anthropologist who created a truly AWESOME world), I'm getting the itch to step up and create my own world to possibly GM through a campaign in the future. However, the spirit is willing, but the flesh (or mind?) is weak. I'd like some tips on reading material (either direct how-to stuff or fantasy stories with particularly fantastic worldbuilding) that will deepen my resources on which to draw from in creating my own worlds. A bit more detail within. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Dec 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Technical fix for keeping track of the many strands of a novel?

I'm looking for some type of software that will help me track the events and worldbuilding reveals of a novel. I have just started using Scrivener for Windows, so it might be possible that there's a relevant feature that I haven't learned about yet. My ideal would be something that lets me tag particular scenes with events that happen in them and then look at a cumulative report of all the events (tags) that have happened up till that point in the novel. [more inside]
posted by overglow on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Is it still "worldbuilding" on a space station?

I'm looking for science fiction with excellent worldbuilding surrounding a particular scenario: a population trapped in an enclosed environment that they can't leave for generations, so that they have to produce or reuse everything within that environment. Preferably something like a space station or a generation ship, but those details aren't required. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Dec 18, 2014 - 31 answers

Technology and design patterns for x-platform app?

I'm going to take the plunge and build, frankly, an insane application. I won't get into the nitty gritty, but suffice it to say it's a "world builder" app. I am just starting to figure out what I'm going to need, tech-wise, to build this thing, and I'd like some feedback from people who may have some experience in interface building, database design, cartography/GIS, graph theory, star-maps, and other such things.... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 15, 2014 - 3 answers

accio worldbuilding project

I'm working on a worldbuilding project set in the Harry Potter universe that incorporates Bengali culture and history. What can I do and what resources can I consult to make this project awesome? (Mild spoiler for Pottermore inside.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Book recomnedation: worldbuilding and self-aware, active characters

I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings. In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Looking for sister series that are comic and dramatic, respectively.

Portal and Half Life take place in the same creative universe, with Portal taking on a more humorous tone, while Half Life is more like an action movie. I really like this approach to a creative universe. Are there any other pairs/groups of media that take two different tones around one world? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 12, 2013 - 29 answers

Suggest some fun worldbuilding/milieu stories?

I love stories incorporating multiple settings/cultures. Think Lord of the Rings, with Rivendell (elves), Moria (dwarves), and the Shire (hobbits), all with a distinct "feel" to their societal standards. Can you suggest a book/series I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Jun 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Sun and Sun and Moon and Moon and Moon

A world with binary suns and multiple satellites that can still be livable by a diverse (even lush) assortment of life forms - true or not? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Hundreds of characters indexed in the cloud (fictional worldbuilding data management tools)

Us: 13 participants in a multi-year group fiction/worldbuilding project with hundreds of named characters, places, and items to keep track of. Our current system (YahooGroups databases, GDocs, and some other resources) works, but I keep thinking there's a better solution out there. More details within, but we're looking for something that does all of what we're currently doing, plus internal linkage, effective relevance-based searching, internal sorting, tagging or some other method of grouping data in multiple ways, and that is web-based, lightly password protected, accessible on a wide variety of devices, and easy for our other participants to use. (We'd also take a pony, if you had one.) [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Slow down I just wanna get to know you

What could slow down the pace of change (religious/scientific/economic/cultural) in a civilization? (Please see specific details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Jul 11, 2012 - 23 answers

because keeping track of real people is hard enough

I'm looking for good software, preferably web-based and cloud-hosted, for worldbuilding. Preferably stuff with templates for characters, places, maps, etc. I can use stuff that's made for fantasy/sci-fi writers or stuff that's targeted at DMs/GMs. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Translation for Original Language?

How should I go about building a language <> English dictionary/translator, that can be used by one or two people via a computer, when the language is still a work-in-progress? [more inside]
posted by Adelwolf on Nov 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Thicker air and lower gravity

Imagine a world in which the atmospheric density is somewhat greater than ours, but gravity is somewhat lower. How might our experience be different on that world? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 8, 2007 - 16 answers

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