Some folks here might know that Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has an unofficial blog, Universe Factory. We've been running it since 2015, when we had an explosion of content from a number of users in the site. As some of the initial writers and editors drifted away, though, activity has kinda dwindled: We had a grand total of 7 posts last year, from six different writers. It's felt a little bit like a ghost town. After some recent discussions, though, it seems like there might be some renewed interest - a bunch of folks have told me they'd consider writing, editing or both.
Historically, the posts have been a mix of short stories and posts about the worldbuilding process itself - everything from terrain generation to space travel logistics to things veering into plain old "what-if" territory. Here are some examples of the latter two categories:
We've also had some posts about the site itself. Lately it's been skewed heavily towards short fiction, but we'd love to have posts like any of the above.
Therefore, I'm putting out a call for contributors. If you're interested in being a part, let me know! Write an answer talking about what you'd like to, ideas for posts you have, thoughts about short stories to write, or something else. Once we have a better idea of what we've got to work with, we can start planning for the future. That would include:
- Helping folks set up accounts on Medium to allow them to submit stories
- Planning rough schedules so we can coordinate the timing of posts
- Ideally adding another couple editors so that we're not reliant on me to go through all the content (which has only happened because the other editors have left, so I've had to take over)
I don't know if this is overoptimistic or what - that's the whole point of this post, I think. So if you're considering contributing let us know. We also have an old chat room that might be of use, if people want to talk in a less formal setting.
For more information, see
- We have a blog!
- New blog post: Arrival - Part One of Landed (previous: The Juggernaut - Chapter 10), where we continuously update and keep track of blog posts
- Want to Contribute?
Update, May 11
Wow, we've had quite a bit of interest so far. We've already published three new posts (all short fiction) in the last couple of weeks, which is awesome! I hope we see many more, as well as non-fiction-related posts about building worlds. If anyone has a submission, let me know - I'll have to give you access to submit a post on Medium.