A barren desert with the heat of the sun waving a translucent flag in the distance. Three lonesome islands huddled together as if they can combat the tumultuous, frigid sea. A vibrant planet that pulses with vivid greens and blues against a devouring black galaxy.
Landscape is the foundation for the sci-fi and fantasy books that we love.
And yet, sometimes I find myself skimming the setting descriptions to get to the meat of the plot. But what I’ve found are a few exceptions. There are books that set the scene and engage the landscape in plot twists and turns. Those fantastical landscapes make me pause and reread. They make me see details. They make the words on the page stand up and breathe.