I was digging around in my files for some notes I KNEW I had on world building and came across this reading list and questions that I copied from (I think!) Alexander Chee when he taught a class on the topic.
A Princess of Mars (ER Burroughs)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
Sunshine (Robin McKinley)
V for Vendetta (Alan Moore)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (NK Jemison)
Lilith's Brood (Octavia Butler)
Perdido Street Station (China Mieville)
Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
Questions for consideration on the syllabus:
Some things to consider always when taking on a new world:
what are its primary features - spatial, cultural, biological, fantastic, cosmological.
What is the world's ethos (the guiding beliefs or ideals that character the world?)
What are the precise strategies that are used by its creator to convey the world to us and us to the world? How are characters connected to the world? And how are we the viewer or reader connected to the world?