One of the things, for me, that divides good writing from bad is the author’s understanding of their world. This is true for all writing, not just science fiction or fantasy, but straight fiction as well. You have to know the facts of the world you’re writing in and think things through. Nothing is more frustrating than a world that ignores its own logic. Okay, I lied. A world with no logic is worse, but only marginally. A complaint that came up from my more literary professors and fellow students in grad school was that genre writing is too formulaic and that we always have the opportunity to simply say a wizard did it or use a ray gun to blast away plot holes. My argument is that only bad writers do that.
As such, I will be looking at different writers and their worlds and what went right and what went a bit wrong. If you have a world you’d like to hear me talk about, let me know, in the comments, on our Facebook page, or by emailing me.