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.
An excellent resource to craft worlds that are interesting and compelling, not just cohesive.
Jeff VanderMeer$24.99 $22.49
An excellent look at world building and a great jumping off point.
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,
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,