A Family Affair (World Anvil)

The wonderful folks over at World Anvil hosted a new competition in the month of January titled “A Family Affair.” The goal of this challenge was to write an article focusing on an important family for our worldbuilding projects.

World Anvil is a worldbuilding tool for Authors, 
Storytellers and worldbuilding lovers.

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My entry into the contest was “The House of Leopold“, detailing the ruling family of the Kingdom of Brisland. This is part of the world of Istaria, which I am developing for a future epic fantasy series tentatively called The Eternity War. I’m proud to announce that this article was chosen as the winner of the Premier League of the competition!

(All past competition winners during the year compete in a separate league so that more writers have an opportunity to win.)

There were a lot of wonderful entries, and in reviewing the other competitors during the month I honestly did not think I was going to win this one. I’d like to give everybody who entered the contest a hearty congratulations for all of the fine work that was done. I read about many amazing families throughout the month and was amazed at the quality of the articles produced.

So as to not hog the spotlight, I’d also like to help spread the word about all of the other awards and accolades announced for A Family Affair.

Most Likes:The Gershorio Family
Best Layout:The Aslann Family
Technical Achievement:House Pentiwichen
Regular League Winner:The Gershorio Family
Premier League Winner:The House of Leopold
Regular League Runner-up:The Aslann Family
Premier League Runner-up:Jo’oo Clan

Again, congratulations to everyone who won one of the above awards, made the short-lists for consideration, and to the writers of every entry for putting the work into creating something new and amazing to share with the world. As far as I’m concerned, you are all winners too because you’ve made progress on your projects.

Science Fiction Genres – Part One

Interstellar space travel, alien invasions, nuclear holocaust, and futuristic computers; what do all of these thing have in common? They are all elements found within science fiction literature.  We looked at the history of science fiction in our last installment.  Many works of science fiction fit nicely into a well established set of sub-genres, while others defy classification in their uniqueness.  We already looked at several types of science fiction in our article on the ‘Punk genres (such as Cyberpunk,) but there are many more to discuss.  In this installment in our genre studies series, I will be covering some of the broad classifications used to define works of science fiction literature.

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Discovering New Worlds

 

 
Expanding on my work exploring the many sub-genres of speculative fiction here at bkbass.com, I will be diving into each of them in-turn and trying my own hand at writing them, exclusively for Peak Story Reviews!

Peak Story Reviews“Discovering New Worlds” with B.K. Bass will explore various sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each monthly installment will not only discuss the topical sub-genre, but also will feature an original flash fiction written by myself in that genre!

 


 

Keep an eye out for the first installment of “Discovering New Worlds” on June 29th.  In the meantime, head over to Peak Story Reviews to check out all of the great content that is already there!  Book reviews!  Movie reviews!  Much more to come soon!

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Special thanks to the owner of Peak Story Reviews, Sam (SJ) Hendricks.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter and don’t miss her author web site HERE!

 

The Fantasy Genre: Part 2

The second part of our series exploring the fantasy genre is now available!

In this second section of a three-part journey, I’ll be examining each of the major sub-genres of fantasy more closely.  In the first part, we looked at the history and evolution of the fantasy genre as a whole.  This time, we will be focusing more on the content and differences of the four major sub-genres of fantasy literature.  In the third part, we will explore the more niche sub-genres and sub-sub-genres that tackle very specific themes.

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Join me next for part three of The Fantasy Genre, where we will continue to explore the sub-genres of fantasy literature.  This next installment will look at the more specifically defined subgenres such as urban fantasy, flintlock fantasy, and dark fantasy.  See you again soon!