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by Claire Buss
Our article on the ‘Punk genres, such as cyberpunk and steampunk, is now availbable.
Like a mechanical octopus rising from the deep, the various ‘punk genres of speculative fiction can be surprising, amusing, and frightening! The ‘punk genres often blur the lines between different types of speculative fiction. They also share a lot of common themes, such as antiauthoritarianism and disestablishmentarianism. The commonality of these themes is largely responsible for the use of the word “punk” in their names. The views expressed in early cyberpunk works – which birthed the entire movement – reflected those of the punk subculture of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Also, don’t forget to check out my articles exploring the history and sub-genres of fantasy literature HERE, and be sure to follow the page and myself for updates on my upcoming series on the science fiction genre!
Cressus is the southernmost city on the northern peninsula. Situated near the Cressian Oasis, there is a sufficient water supply to sustain the city. Surplus water is still imported from Shem, and then traded to the lands of Kosh in the south.
Cressus lies near the edge of The Great Sand Sea and is plagued by regular sand storms. Outlying villages near the city are also subject to raids from the nomadic orcs of The Burning land to the southeast, although they rarely venture so far north.
The city itself is walked and features mostly simple sandstone architecture. The wealthier district is dominated by large palaces with towers topped with brass minurats that shine in the sun. The wealthy traders of Cressus trade lumber, food and water from the north for precious metals and gems from the Emerald Coast beyond Koth.
The government of Cressus consists of a council of the wealthiest merchants in the city called the Circle of Gold. Each of the twelve merchant princes controls their own private army. There is no organized military if the city itself, and the council must work together to police and defend their interests. Corruption is rampant within the government, and quarrels between the merchant princes often lead to small civil conflicts.
Most of the common people live in a maze of small homes clustered around the outside of the city walls. Most of the poor barely survive, and while work inside the city would afford them a better life many cannot afford the tax simply to pass through the gates.
I recently entered two flash fiction pieces for a contest with Lore Publication. Today, it was announced that my science fiction entry, A Diamond Among the Rough, was chosen as the winner for that category!
A Diamond Among the Rough is a flash fiction story (less than 1,000 words) in the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction. It is a simple story focused more on immersion into the setting than anything, but sets up the potential for possible sequels. I would love to see this become a serial fiction project.
Lore will be publishing the story on their Medium site soon. Stay connected for updates!
Head over HERE to see my latest article, detailing the history, growth, and evolution of the fantasy genre. This is the first of a two-part series, the second of which will explore the sub-genres of fantasy in more detail.
We discuss applying the concepts of sociology to fantasy world-building. Come take a look! Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Jesper has a lot of amazing and informative videos on his channel about world-building and developing aspects of your fantasy writing in general. This channel is a wonderful resource for any new or experienced fantasy author. Even for those who do not write, it is informative and entertaining!