Melissa asked N.K. Jemisin:

Hi! So when you start building worlds, what is your starting point/base?

N.K. Jemisin I'm not quite sure what you're asking -- do you mean, what's the research base? Where does the idea come from? I'll post this link again, though, detailing how I came up with my last new world, and maybe that will help. If that doesn't answer your question, please clarify!
N.K. Jemisin

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