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World building: designing fictional worlds that make sense.

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian spells written in Coptic have been deciphered. Cool inspiration for rpgs and world building. [Continue]

Alternate History: Picking Out the Threads

Alternate History: Picking Out the Threads

Alternate history: love reading it (here are book suggestions), and love writing it. History plus alternate timelines plus a measure of fantasy if needed or desired: what's not to love? This is Part I of a series looking at why a writer might [Continue]

Lodging With the Locals

Lodging With the Locals

Fantasy writers can take a lesson from this fact: When public accommodations were not available, travelers had to turn to local folk for overnight lodgings. [Continue]

Urban planning in science fiction, part II

This is the second of a 2-part post about the role cities play in Sa’adani thought and society.  That’s Sa’adani as in the human (but not Earth-human) culture of the eponymous Empire, the backdrop of my science fiction novels. You [Continue]

Urban planning in science fiction

Urban planning in science fiction

Science fiction often portrays how people live in the future, but rarely gets into the decisions or urban planning processes that got them to that point. I've had to think about Sa'adani urban planning philosophies lately in order to better [Continue]

Women Warriors and Chest Size: Three Factors to Consider

Women Warriors and Chest Size: Three Factors to Consider

It's a fact: women fighters have breasts. Here are three things to consider when dealing with female anatomy in rpgs and fantasy settings. [Continue]

The Fae: Fairy Folk, or, the Sidhe By Any Other Name

The Fae: Fairy Folk, or, the Sidhe By Any Other Name

In one of my works, a character has a relationship with a fairy. This compelled me to do world building to better define fae in Germany and elsewhere. [Continue]

The Water Leech: A Steampunk Device for Wicked North’s Westward Game

The Water Leech: A Steampunk Device for Wicked North’s Westward Game

Here are some designer notes and backstory on the "water leech", an item I recently designed for Westward, Wicked North Game's western steampunk setting. [Continue]

How to Make Politics Interesting in a Fictional Setting

How to Make Politics Interesting in a Fictional Setting

People often hate politics, even in fictional settings. But it's possible to weave politics into a world in a way that happily complicates characters' lives. [Continue]

My Other WIP: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier

My Other WIP: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier

Here is some context on a work in progress I'll be blogging about from time to time: Queen Victoria's Transmogrifier, an alternate history and paranormal tale focused on Victorian London in a time/space where magick is real. [Continue]

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Author Deborah Teramis Christian


Teramis wrote her first book at age 9, but like all good literary lizards has taken her time charging upon the market. Finally in a situation where she can write full time, she is becoming the Dragon, Unleashed, or a close facsimile thereof. Roar, said the saur.

Teramis On the Web

Alternate History Weekly Update - Guest Blogging

MilSciFi Interview - re "Live Fire" in No Man's Land

New Books


This military science fiction anthology contains "Live Fire," Christian's Tiptree Award-nominated short story set in the Sa'adani Empire, the setting of her science fiction novels. Now available at Amazon in print and Kindle editions.