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Date: 2017-01-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
quillori: old illustration of a sailing ship in the harbour of a town ringed by blue mountains (theme: travel (that last blue mountain))
From: [personal profile] quillori
I have a question about the best way to nominate something. I've nominated Calvino's Invisible Cities, which seems ideal for world building, but also is not exactly a standard novel with many characters and plot etc, so I'm not quite sure what to do about character nominations. Obviously I could nominate it with no characters (other than the 'No characters' and 'Original Character(s)' every fandom gets). On the other hand, since there are 55 different cities, it might be easier for people to offer if it wasn't quite so wide open, so I've currently put five cities in as characters (which I think they pretty much are); on the other hand, if you prefer, I'd be perfectly happy for it to go through with no characters.

Date: 2017-01-23 06:40 pm (UTC)
quillori: three men stand discussing a large globe (theme: travel (plans))
From: [personal profile] quillori
Well, it was hard to narrow it down, but in the end I couldn't go past the five I chose. If you like writing or arting worldbuilding, I'd recommend the book. It's not very long, being 10 very short (3 or 4 paragraph) framing discussions between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, and 2 to 3 page descriptions of 55 different cities. In fact, the cities are all in a way reflections of Venice, but taking as an invitation to worldbuilding, they're marvellous, both to write and to create art for: aerial cities, cities with canals and gardens and airships, a city where merchants gather to trade memories, a city containing a multitude of miniature cities-which-could-have been, a city where houses are connected with coloured strings to indicate the relations between occupants (and then the city abandoned and rebuilt elsewhere, leaving nothing but the web of relationships), a city which maps the stars so closely that changing the city is said to change the skies...

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