It's easy to make aliens: take a person or a dog, slap some antennae on 'em, maybe some ooze and some spooky talons, and then put some random letters together in a nigh-unpronounceable combination.
As I said, it's easy to make aliens. What isn't easy is making them well.
Even when you're working hard to be creative, it can sometimes be hard to get out of the rut of familiarity, to go... [click here for more]
Humans Are Weird is chock full ideas for making humans stand out from other beings in your setting, letting you avoid both well-worn tropes like "Humans are average at everything" or "Humans are, um, adaptable, I guess?" and nonsensical traits like "Only humans come from a multi-biome world."
This book contains 21 scenarios, from a galaxy where humans are the only bipeds to a fantasy world... [click here for more]
Political Fantasiesis a series that takes names for governments and plays around with them to see how far they can be pulled. In the tradition of Strange Nations, the results of each exploration can be dropped into your setting with little-to-no adaptation required.
This volume explores necrocracy or "rule by the dead," with possibilities like restricting the... [click here for more]
"The Wrong Ship" is a 1,600 word short story about a programmer on the run from the authorities, who winds up stowing away on, you guessed it, the wrong spaceship. It features an artificial intelligence named Charlie, one 1980s film reference, and a stunning lack of helpfulness from the laws of physics.
This story's release was funded on Kickstarter, and it is now available under a Creative... [click here for more]