Power and Politics in Worldbuilding: Schemes, Factions, and Cultures

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Presenter: Michael R. Underwood
Sunday 13 November, 10 am – noon

Cultural worldbuilding informs plotting, characterization, and more. How do you build cultures and societies that set you up for political storytelling? What other tools can you use to make it easier to put together faction conflict and worldbuilding that embeds a character in overlapping and conflicting groups? Author and Folklorist Michael R. Underwood provides insights and tools for taking your cultural and political worldbuilding up to the next level.

About Michael:

Michael R. Underwood is an author, podcaster, and publishing professional. His books include space opera Annihilation Aria, the Ree Reyes Geekomancy books, the Stabby Award finalist Genrenauts series, and Born to the Blade (written with Malka Older, Cassandra Khaw, and Marie Brennan). He’s been a bookseller, sales representative, and was the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. He is also a co-host of the actual play show Speculate! and a guest host on the Hugo Award-finalist The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife, their dog, and an ever-growing library. He also loves geeking out with games and making pizzas from scratch.

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