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Julie Ann Dawson of Bards and Sages has a great post on worldbuilding and plausibility in speculative fiction.
The King of Elfland’s Second Cousin has a great post on the relationship between speculative fiction and noir and whether both are mutually incompatible or not. I don’t agree with everything he says – for example, he underestimates the relevance of urban fantasy in this context – but his points are definitely something to consider.