What makes speculative fiction speculative? Of course there are creatures like dragons and space whales, races like elves and Klingons, and fantastical powers, be they technological or magical in origin. But none of these things could function without the plants that are the basis for life as we know it. And what better way to world-build a science fiction or fantasy universe than creating wild and wonderful plants and trees to populate it, or use real-life plants in intriguing ways?
In this post I will spotlight some of the most interesting plants from a variety of SFF books, both published and coming soon! Grab an herbal tea and settle in to learn about the fantastical flora that bring the magic to these tales.