World Building Resources

By Sam Duffy

By Sam Duffy

A list of books that I recommend for learning the ropes of, or deepening your ability in world building.

 

Two of these (the first two) are guides on world-building while the latter two are fantastic examples of world-building, though they don't act as direct lessons.

Write Worlds Your Readers Won't Forget

Stant Litore

$16.99

An excellent resource to craft worlds that are interesting and compelling, not just cohesive.

Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Jeff VanderMeer

$24.99 $22.49

An excellent look at world building and a great jumping off point.

American Gods: Author's Perferred Text (Tenth Anniversary)

Neil Gaiman

$19.99 $18.39

This is a novel - not a guide. I find it to be an incredible example of blending your own creations with our universe. Please do not purchase this expecting actual lessons, it is an example of world building,

A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

$49.95 $44.96

While "The Lord of the Rings" remains one of the best examples of world-building to date, the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is among the best examples of world building in recent times. Please do not purchase this expecting actual lessons, it is an example of world building,