Geological History in World-Building

World-building is an important part of science fiction writing.  You can’t make a world without geographical setting, political environment, socio-historical backdrop, and so on.  What about the geological history of a planet or region?  Back in the 1800s, the discovery of a past that included Ice Ages, Dinosaurs, and pre-life epochs and eons captured world imagination.  But do such discoveries impact modern day stories or events?

 Write a few words on how some component of geological history might be a significant element of a science fiction story. 

This is intended as a discussion area for the college course “Earth Science Essentials for the Science Fiction Writer”, beginning in Spring 2016, but, please, post some thoughts for the students to consider!


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