I am writing a fictional novel. Is it okay to add factual information amongst my characters? For example my destination in the story, or geographical areas in my story.

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    I struggle to think of a work of fiction (even the ones not set on Earth) that don't mention real places -- someone goes to New York or Paris, visits a famous landmark, lives in a city people have heard of. Can you be more specific about what sort of mentions you have in mind? A real business at its real location is much more specific than "Paris", for example. Sep 7, 2021 at 15:12
  • @Kate I can think of a number of SF novels not set on earth and in which neither earth or any place on Earth is mentioned. Two examples: Monument by Lloyd Biggle and Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. Some "ruritanian" works mention only places in the imagined country. This is true of some but not all of Avram Davidson's Dr Esterhazy stories, for example. Sep 7, 2021 at 16:00
  • It's a good question, and I hate to discourage a new contributor, but Chenmunka is right; it's a duplicate.
    – DWKraus
    Sep 7, 2021 at 20:15

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One is free to mention specific places and real people in a work of fiction if one chooses to. As long as one avoids defamation, there is no legal issue.

Whether this helps the story, by providing a sense of realism, or harms it in some way, depends on the nature of the story and the skill of the writer. But such mentions are very very common.

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