Worldbuilding 101: Contents

This is Contents page for my entire worldbuilding course (I'll call it a course, but it's more like a group of articles.)

#1 Why Build Worlds?

#1.1 Setting, Worldbuilding and Geofiction

#2 Set Your Timer: The Star

#2.1 Habitable Zone: Redefined (Model Included)

#2.2 Habitable Zone: Multiple Star Systems (Model Included)

#3 Stellar Zoo: Meet the Species

Special #1 - Hues of Light Under Alien Suns

#4 From Stars to Planets (series of posts)

#4.1 From Stars to Planets: Births and Deaths on Cosmic Scale

#4.2 From Stars to Planets: Objects in Space and Habitability Potential

#4.3 From Stars to Planets: The Loners

#5 Designing a Planetary System (series of posts)

#5.1 Designing a Planetary System: Input

#5.2 Designing a Planetary System: Output

#5.3 Designing a Planetary System: Extension

#6 The Four Elements (Series of Posts)

Special #2 - Understanding the Planetary Climate System

#6.1 The Four Elements: A Quest For Atmosphere

#6.2 The Four Elements: A Quest For Atmosphere (Continued)

#6.3 The Four Elements: A Quest for Atmosphere. Forests

#6.4 The Four Elements: It's all in the record.

#6.5 The Four Elements: It's all in the record (Continued)

#6.6 The Four Elements: The Deep Blue
Carbon cycle, climate patterns, global ocean, ocean circulation, planet’s hydrosphere, weather patterns.

#6.7 The Four Elements: Firepower
Insolation and climate effects. Seasons. Day and twilight length. Timekeeping and calendars. Biological rhythms (maybe).

Special #3 - Sky and Planet Colors

Spreadsheets and References

Worldbuilding through Character. Character Chart & Outline Reference [pdf]

How to Create Fictional Science [Blog Post]

More things to talk about (not in that particular order)

#7 Tidal constraints on HZ (M dwarfs here too).
#8 Cosmic catastrophes: how to crash things big and small.
#9 Destructive nature: disasters (floods, volcanoes and supervolcanoes, etc).
#10 Living things. Evolution. Ecosystems. Plants on other worlds.
#11 Animals
#12 Dissecting cultures (series, long term, not sequential)
#13 Language

Anything else I forgot to put on my list.


  1. Hi. Liked your World Build­ing 101. I’m going to check out your fic­tion. Did you ever fin­ish the WB 101, #6–13?

    1. Hi Clay, thanks for stop­ping by.
      No, I haven’t fin­ished writ­ing arti­cles beyond #6. I can­not even tell when I will get to those. Been busy with oth­er things.

      Best, J

  2. I hope you fin­ish these, real­ly liked. I’m work­ing on SF nov­el and short sto­ries. I like world­build­ing but suck at math. I’m one of those peo­ple who just can’t grasp it.

    1. Hon­est­ly, it stops being com­plex when you fig­ure out what you are doing and why. Math is sec­ondary to the the­o­ret­i­cal side of what­ev­er ques­tion you are try­ing to do cal­cu­lus for. It comes down to “I need for­mu­la for this, this and this to get the answer for this. And with this answer I can see that some­thing works or not, and why.” Once you fig­ured out the stages you need to do num­bers for, it is the eas­i­est thing that can be. And if you still expe­ri­ence dif­fi­cul­ties with num­ber-crunch­ing, you can find plen­ty of resources with good descrip­tions of already mod­eled envi­ron­ments, so you don’t need to do them on your own.

      And good luck with your writ­ing!

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