"Speaking to Robin"
On "Speaking to Robin" by Jackie Krogmeier
by Matt Weinkam
I’ve always admired world builders—fantasy or sci-fi writers who in a single sentence can create not just a room or a person, but a planet, a civilization. We call it world building because the author must assemble the story’s place and its rules brick by brick in the drafting stages, making sure the structure is both beautiful and sturdy. But when reading such a story it rarely feels like construction. To me it’s always something of a conjurer’s trick. A dove retrieved from nothing. When a world is created well enough I find myself looking up the author’s sleeve to try to find out how they pulled it off.