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MORE THAN A STORY: NARRATIVE THREADS AND NARRATIVE FABRIC

May these stories drawn from another world have made you forget for a moment the miseries of this one.

—Charles Ischir Defontenay, Star (Psi Cassiopeia)1

Narrative is by far the most common structure found in imaginary worlds, and the reason that most of them exist in the first place. Quite often, a world is designed to fit a certain narrative, and expands along with that narrative as it grows. Eventually, as the amount of world information increases, secondary world infrastructures start to take shape, until enough information is present both to raise questions and suggest answers about the missing pieces in the world’s history and organization. At that point, the author may begin adding ...

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