S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and -besides writing- works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published 23 novels over the past 18 years, which include science fiction, fantasy and horror. His latest SF novel, released by DAW Books this February, is Messiah, the final volume in his epic space opera, the Apotheosis Trilogy. (See our review.)
This month I’ve wrapped up my Moreau/Confederacy universe with Messiah, the final book in the Apotheosis Trilogy. And while I’ve expounded at length on the elements of world-building before, I thought this might be the time and place to expound on how to go about inserting that world building into a story. Here are six techniques to bear in mind when trying to get that intricately-crafted universe down on the page.