worldbuilder n.

a writer who engages in world-building n.

SF Criticism

  • 1892 J. Tait Mind in Matter (ed. 3) 158

    Imaginary world-builders, like Mr. Spencer, lay their foundations in shallows.

  • 1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 15/1

    Once you step Inside the Funhouse…you will see that the world-builders are just as weird as the worlds they build.

  • 2006 A. Roberts History of SF x. 203 page image Adam Roberts bibliography

    He is a world-builder, an imaginary anthropologist, and above all a stylist; and it is the conjunction of the unflagging fertility of his imagination and the elegant, chill mannerisms of his prose that generate the distinctive Vance quiddity.


Research requirements

any evidence 1892

Earliest cite

James Tait, 'Mind in Matter'

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2006 cite from Adam Roberts.

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