I am on a mailing list (ok, several).
Anyhow, I am on the mailing list of one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson. He is announcing the first book in an epic fantasy series called The Way of Kings.
I read this quote in the newsletter.
“In case you don’t know about it, THE WAY OF KINGS is a new epic
fantasy novel set in a world where massive hurricane-like storms
blast the land every few days.”
I am an engineer by both training and profession. I fix things, build things, and occasionally take things apart just to see what makes them tick.
Good thing I never got into medicine right?
I read that quote and my brain exploded.
Not because I had any doubts about the why of that world’s weather patterns. It’s Brandon’s world, it does what he built it to do.
What really got my neurons firing was thinking just how getting hit with a hurricane say… every week or so… would gt to be commonplace. Like thunderstorms in the spring, they would become but a nuisance.
Forget for a moment that it is a fantasy world, where most of these issues could be solved with magic. Imagine what the world would look like if the earth we know was that way.
What would the buildings look like? In my mind they look like limpets, sloped and anchored tight to the ground.
Many people would in likely live underground or underwater. At very least that would be a preferred way of travel.
With storms coming through all the time how would they raise crops? Underwater kelp farms? Giant domed greenhouses?
How about animal life? What would squirrels look like if all the trees were different?
I have read Brandon’s work in the past, and really enjoy his writing style.
I was not planning on starting another series, but now I have to.
If only to find out how the storms have reshaped that world.