There’s no place like… an SF universe

Last night at the Clarke award a nice young woman with a video camera asked me the following question:
If you could live in any science fiction universe which one would you choose?
Immediately my head was filled with places I definitely do NOT want to live such as Peter F. Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn universe. I stammered out an answer about Tanith Lee’s Drinking Sapphire Wine world but that’s a worryingly hedonistic answer. So I’m throwing it open to my readers. If you could move anywhere in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, where would you like to live?



  1. Posted April 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Well, the traditional answer is the Culture … but think I’d be inclined to go for one of Kim Stanley Robinson’s futures. His Mars is quite something.

  2. Andie
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Despite all the pear shaped I like the Palace-verse.

    Where by ‘like’ I mean it would be interesting, a bit like the apocryphal curse and that kind of look at future computer technology always intrigues me.

  3. Posted May 1, 2009 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I’d go with Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time milieu… everyone there is very jaded and melancholic, but a world free of death where power rings can convert anything you can imagine into reality? Sign me up!

  4. Posted June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    If I had the choice of worlds to live in then I would have to go with the Aurian world described in Mr. Shannon LeJuan Clements novel The Star Explorer: The Discovery. It’s very out of this world!

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Um, excuse me but are you actually recommending your own book in multiple comments to my blog? If so, that’s a bit cheesy – and not at all likely to encourage people to read it. Recommendation should come from someone other than yourself, Mr Clements!

  5. Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Somewhere serene, and technologically advanced. The first idea in my head are the uppermost levels of Corruscant. Wherever I was, I would have to be able to see the sky. I love those kind of places. The brightly lit, open spaces – full of nurtured plants and incredible architecture. The Citadel in Mass Effect, Belgravia, Transcendance, Atlantis in Stargate. Light, Water, Life, Air.

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