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« Reply #3: May 07, 2010, 10:15:27 pm »

Let me first say that I am terrible at science. Really, really terrible. Science and I have never gotten along.

I am trying to build a scientifically plausible world for my multiple series of novels to take place on. The series span about 5,000 years of history and take place all over the world, so I need to understand ocean tides and earthquakes and weather patterns and such. I don't have a clue where to start.

So if you could recommend any books or websites that someone who knows nothing about science could understand that will help me, I would be eternally grateful. Thanks!!

Well, people may hate me for linking to the Black Hole of the Internet, but if you read through the Hollywood Science index on TV Tropes, you'll come up with a lot of mistakes that authors often make, and sometimes ways to avoid them.  They're all written by nerds, so I trust most of the information on there, but double-checking is recommended.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HollywoodScience

But that's only in relation to works of fiction and fantasy, so there's probably better info out there.  I just find TV Tropes a good place to start off from.
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