Not getting out much anymore so I'm trying to get everything down before it leaves my mind... If you were to create an entire new set of races, how would you go about doing it? I think if done that one should take their time in writing to explore a race before introducing more and thus creating a shock effect so that the universe doesn't just get too confusing. Other others that have tackled this successfully, how have they done it? What are the ones who did not manage to do so well do that caused their attempt to fail? My idea is to take national ideals from various nations at various places in time and modify them to fit together with one another including the adjustments for the environment, while taking them and fitting them in such a way as to not be obvious about their origins (ie. America, the great 'melting pot' of colors and races being the inspiration for a people who are a variety of great colors, more resembling a tropical bird in coloring than a human, kind of a silly concept but its a good starting point I think) What of fantasy that is set so far after a post-apocalyptic universe that it is no longer considered such? Examples of such work? (A transfer from a sci-fi universe to a fantasy one? Apocalyptic battle leaves survivors on a world who, after generations, completely regress to a medieval or antiquity lifestyle and manage to connect to the magical/spiritual forces present on the world and live in what is essentially a fantasy universe in the midst of a high technology science fiction one?) Are there examples of fantasy written by someone with an intimate knowledge of plants and thus featured plant based magic systems, plant based races, or other ideas that are born from an understanding of them rather than the general 'that green thing over there can move'? What worlds have been built literally 'from the ground up' with a keen focus on plants, light, insects, soil, planetary layers, volcanic activity, water table levels and bacterial agents? Is building a world in this manner worth doing or is it seem to be a waste of time? (Not that if it is it will stop me, I rather enjoy learning about biology and the natural world anyway.) I got a new job that can be done by a simpleton, but I can never stop asking why stuff is the way it is and not just focusing on the mind-numbing task at hand, hence the questions. Thoughts and feedback always appreciated!