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Building a believable fantasy map
Episode 4724th March 2022 • Exolore: facts-based fictional worldbuilding • Multitude
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This week I'm joined by Jess Khoury, a writer and fantasy cartographer, to discuss fictional mapmaking. We talk about how mountains don't bend and rivers don't split, the logic behind human settlements, and how to name your places. Plus, there are dogs.

HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist


  1. Jessica Khoury is an author and fantasy cartographer who makes beautiful, believable maps. You can follow her on twitter at @jkbibliophile. Check out her personal work, including multiple YA fantasy books, at her website And you can learn about her mapmaking services at


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- Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig,

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- Transcript by Iesir Moss


Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.