Few reference books are as fun to roam around in as thesauri. They demonstrate the marvelous connections possible with language.
The Little East: a collision of foreign cultures and traditions, sequestered away in the city of Maradaine. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, the case falls upon the least popular inspectors in the Constabulary: Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling.
Don Sakers is the author of the Scattered Worlds Mosaic series. He’s explored the thoughts of sapient trees, brought Carmen Miranda’s ghost to Space Station 3, and beaten the “Cold Equations” scenario. His book review column appears in Analog.