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What sci-fi/fantasy world is most appealing to you?

If you could live in a sci-fi/fantasy world, where would you choose? Take our quick poll to let us know.

One of the keys to a successful science-fiction or fantasy novel or movie is constructing a believable world or universe. After all, if the setting feels incomplete or is uninteresting, who wants to read or watch multiple stories about it?

With all of the hard work that creative folks put into constructing these worlds, it's only natural that people wonder what it would be like to actually live in (or at least visit) that setting.

If you could live in a sci-fi/fantasy world, where would you choose? Take our quick poll to let us know. (I only list a few of the better known settings below, so feel free to suggest an alternate dream location in the forums.)

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332 comments
jfuller05
jfuller05

He has created a really interesting world in the Redwall series. I would love to be a badger or a warrior mouse. Another interesting place to live would be the Final Fantasy world. Always interesting.

blackepyon01
blackepyon01

Shiro Masamune's "Ghost in the Shell" or "Appleseed" universes.

gbarn
gbarn

Movie worlds I'd love to live in? 1st choice: Willow 2nd choice: Avatar 3rd choice: Stardust 4th choice: Star Trek

Tidux
Tidux

Think about it. It's the same thing as real life, but saying "a wizard did it" is a totally valid excuse.

desizemo
desizemo

The future as depicted in adaptation of "The Bicentennial Man" starring Robin Williams...! But that is my second choice behind the Star Trek universe...!!!

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

Further in and higher up! Dwarves, Unicorns, Centaurs, talking rabbits, talking squirrels, and Aslan! If only!

davidterry
davidterry

Babylon 5 - must be there somewhere

ToadWiz
ToadWiz

... a save game editor, and I think I can make do with any of the above.

suthross
suthross

Seems like it doesnt matter what world you choose - unless you are a principle player you are a serf or quickly dead in some horrible way.

tbityk
tbityk

Being an old geezer I fancy myself being a Billy...My second choice would be 'The Illustrated Man'...Tatoo's don't come any better than Rod Steiger's.

Mr.107
Mr.107

What a sad lot we are! Notice nobody would stay in the real world

PhilBlit
PhilBlit

Forgotton Realms/Faerun. Been travelling it for almost 23 years.

dpresley_50201
dpresley_50201

I've read the series and it would be a fun place to visit. Besides, fat people become slim and muscular. ;-) Hey, I could stand to lose 70 to 80 pounds, LOL.

sviana88
sviana88

I'd say definitely Faerun, the world that is the setting for the Forgotten Realms series of novels. It combines the best features of all fantasy settings I have come across.

jcommunications
jcommunications

I'd like to survive in a post zombie-apocalyptic world....

jck
jck

Wonder Woman! What heterosexual man wouldn't wanna live on Paradise Island with all those hot amazons??????? :^0

dpresley_50201
dpresley_50201

Since I created it, it makes sense that would like to live in it. Being the creator has its advantages as well. I'm sure most of us DMs/GMs feel the same way.

CodeCurmudgeon
CodeCurmudgeon

Heinlein taught me to be a Libertarian (_The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_, in particular.) But L. Neil Smith convinced me that Anarcho-capitalism was not only feasible, but desirable with _The Probability Broach_. Any of the free societies in L. Neils work would be good, 'though Heinlein's _Number of the Beast_ universe would have plenty of nice spots too, since it includes all possibilities.

philip.kelley
philip.kelley

If required to relocate, I'd prefer one of the near-futures described in several of Charles Stross's stories. I refer to the ones where you can be partially uploaded, where you can add memory to yourself, have real time internet accessed-visual overlays (think GPS and "who's that over there"), and so forth. I'd definitely skip the ones where humanity has died out or that involve CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.)

wmwinkle
wmwinkle

The Day the Earth Stood Still. Apparently Klatu's society had accepted post singularity guidance form cyber intelligence. Gort represented an intelligence that made sure humans behaved as we know we should but seldom do.

wch086
wch086

How about the Lensman or Perry Rodan

mattea.ezgar
mattea.ezgar

I like the world created by Terry Goodkind in the Sword of Truth Series.

lordazoth
lordazoth

Almost went with Dune (pre-Atreides Empire era) but All in all I think the Iron Kingdoms world by Matt Wilson (Privateer Press) would be my favourite one to be in (nice mix of steampunk and magic) Other runner ups would be Bablyon 5, Shadowrun, Discworld, Breent Week's Night Angel trilogy, EVE-online and Full Metal Alchemist. Of course there a lot of others I would like to visit but hey thats for a different discussion.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea. Now that all the excitement is over, a very peaceful and scenic place to live. H. Beam Piper's Zarathustra might prove interesting. If I was accepted by the planet, the McCaffrey/Scarborough world of Petaybee would probably be enjoyable. And, of course, any of the fictional/fantastical worlds where, if you are one of the chosen ones, you live well and die old would do quite well (as long as I was one of the chosen ones :) ).

Crash2100
Crash2100

In the movies and everything, they always show people simply talking to the computer like anyone else. I'm not going to have the least bit of faith in this until I see some voice recognition that can clearly understand the words from my deep voice as easily as a human.

gjholt
gjholt

I also fancy myself as Ian Cormac in Neil Asher's Polity

gjholt
gjholt

I rather fancy a visit to Larry Niven's Integral Trees, and float around on a steam powered log.

mike21b
mike21b

No other commentary needed

privatemale
privatemale

Would be pretty awesome assuming you have money....

cjshelby
cjshelby

Firefly captured best what I like about Heinlein's future. The idea the besides rights, human beings also have responsibilities. "Covenant" and "If this goes on", two short stories in "The Past Through Tomorrow", are some of my favorites. And like Captain Reynolds of the Starship Serenity, I despise big government and big brother.

FourEyesRed
FourEyesRed

I vote for multiple universes so I can pick more than one: Star Trek:Next Gen, preferably on the Enterprise (excellent "crew"); Babylon 5 for the variety of "peoples", cultures and conflicts; Asimov's "Caves of Steel" era, but neither Earth nor Aurora; and Arthur Clarke's "Against the Fall of Night"/"The City and the Stars" setting, but probably Lys rather than Diaspar (I'm rereading them now). Asimov's "Foundation" era would be depressing to live in with its lack of democracy, as would the "Dune" era, and most of the "Star Wars" settings. The "Tuesday Next" universe drove me crazy! I'm not a fantasy fan; I still haven't made it through the "Lord of the Rings" DVDs, although I loved "Harry Potter." The best part about fiction, printed or visual, is to live in a different universe for a few hours at a time, without the negative consequences.

caersidi
caersidi

Babylon5, an alternate future based on possibilities and reality.

Jere557
Jere557

Lots of constant fighting, but it would be gnar-gnar

Gikayel
Gikayel

The Titan, Wizard and Demon Universe would be a great place to live in.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You get to kick major ass and still have all that fun.

caroline.witte
caroline.witte

The question was specifically which FANTASY/SCI-FI world would we like to live in? Well, maybe the 'real' world IS a fantasy world, who knows? That's certainly been written about before.

sean_clancy
sean_clancy

I know the worst places to be... Heinlein's Stranger in a strange land - C'mon - eating your mates? Scientology - Imagine have Tom Cruise over for dinner - he's break something! I love Narnia - but there's possibly a lack of available human women - kind of like New Zealand New Zealand - see above :) Discworld - I thinks the gags are bigger than the plot Oh - Firefly I really like, Belgariad and a couple of the worlds from "The great Explosion" my 10 cents :)

zclayton2
zclayton2

I made an observation similar nearer the top. We're living in them as us. no cherrypicked heroes. we know the rules and the gotchas. We'ld do ok in our worlds.

CG IT
CG IT

just a pun on Iron Man.

The Joat
The Joat

Damn, that was a good book. I first read it as a serial in Analog magazine. I'm sure I still have it up in the attic in a box with oter old Alalogs. Might be time to drag some of those boxes out.

lucien86
lucien86

The best place is probably the world of 'Neuromancer' or even better 'Hardwired'. That way we can all have all the worlds we want from the safety of our VR cyber consoles or decks. Of course there is the tiny danger of a hacker burning your wetware but I could live with that. - No the only tiny nightmare is your brain in Microsoft's hands (or storing your brain in a 'microsoft').

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Still trying myself but I keep getting my binary prayers mixed up. Was it 1 or 0 next....

jfuller05
jfuller05

I'm currently reading "The Long Patrol", it's one of my favorites, so far, in the series. I'm reading the books in publication order. I stumbled upon Redwall maybe two years ago? My wife (girlfriend at the time) found Lord Brocktree and Mattimeo at a yard sale. She didn't know anything about the books (neither did I), but the summary on the back of the book seemed interesting and the artwork was killer, so she bought them. I've been hooked ever since.

jfuller05
jfuller05

I've heard it's one of the best stories since Triss. Of course, I haven't read Triss, yet, I'm just on Long Patrol, which is really "epic" so far. The only story I haven't cared for that much has been The Pearls of Lutra, for the reason that there are TOO many poems, songs just arbitrarily inserted in the story.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I don't remember which book I found first (Redwall or Mossflower), but I've enjoyed the series ever since. I think I've missed a few over the years, but since my books aren't all in one place, I don't know which ones I've missed. I don't think I'd much mind being a Badger Lord or just a general inhabitant of Salamandastron.