GUEST POST: ERUDESSA GENTIAN -- How to Worldbuild with Superpowers and Time Travel!

Friday, April 23, 2021


Hey everyone!  Today I have an awesome guest post by author Erudessa Gentian, who just so happens to have a fantastic book titled Power in Time that just released earlier this year!  She was gracious enough to write a post about her thoughts regarding worldbuilding with superpowers and time travel, two things that are featured in her book.  Definitely make sure to stick around for her tips, especially if you enjoy sci-fi (or writing sci fi!!) and I hear there's a treasure hunt going on too, so make sure you check the end of this post.  Moving forward -- check out some info about the book and its author below!


Twenty-year-old Larkspur is trapped 2,000 years in the future, but that’s not her biggest problem. Bestowed with strange superpowers, she’s adopted by one of the most powerful families known to the four inhabited planets. As heir, she’s responsible for an entire kingdom she didn’t know existed a few days ago. But when tragic surprises emerge from her past, Lark must decide where her loyalties will lie—past, or future?



Erudessa Gentian is a firm believer that clean entertainment can be powerful. Inspired by her love of cultures and learning, she produces dynamic art to spark imagination and touch souls.

Erudessa writes in multiple genres, but specializes in fantasy and historical fiction. She posts about lifestyle, travel and so much more on her blog at 



Thank you so much for having me here, Michaela!

Whenever you write any type of science fiction, you have to decide if it’s going to be “hard” or “soft” sci-fi. Hard sci-fi fans expect long, technical explanations of all the science. Give them all the nitty gritty. Soft sci-fi isn’t an absence of descriptions, but you don’t have to dwell on it.

There are a lot of little details you have to nail down. For time travel, you’ve got to know how time travel is instigated. Can they go to the past, future, or both? Are there time limits to the trips? Is there a limited amount of trips a person can take? Can they cross their own timeline?

As for superpowers, who has them? How did they get them (born or acquired)? What are they?

But don’t forget to give them limitations. If your hero (or villain) is too overpowering, it can make for a really boring story. What are their weaknesses? Even Superman had kryptonite.

Now, once you’ve worked out the rules needed for your universe, you have to stick to them! You want your readers to stay lost in the story, right? One of the quickest ways to yank them out of your writing is to confuse them by contradicting yourself. The confusion is often followed by annoyance, and even anger. And they will be much more wary of delving into the world.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, and try way-out theories. After all, you can rewrite something. Just make sure you’ve given a solid foundation to anything you do keep in.

Good luck!

-Erudessa Gentian

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Thanks so very much for taking the time to stop by with your guest post, Erudessa! Lots of great things to consider if you're thinking about writing sci-fi. Do you plan on checking out Erudessa Gentian's new book? What are some of your favorite sci-fi authors or books?

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