First, apologies for not posting a discussion on Sunday like I usually do. Honestly, I totally forgot. Then Monday was the 4th of July and I wasn’t in the mood. Yesterday I posted a review, which puts a discussion on Wednesday this week, rather than Sunday.
Readers of speculative fiction tend to run into a ton of different worlds and cultures while they explore different books. That’s one of the beauties of the genre, in my opinion. Each world is new and unique and infused with different cultures and traditions I could have never dreamed up otherwise. Some of the worlds are brutal. I’d lump Westeros from GRRM’s series in with brutal, and the Malazan Empire (though opinions may vary on those). Some of them are really interesting. For example, I tend to think the Niskie people Tad Williams writes about in his series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn as interesting for some weird reason. I’m not sure why – I just do. Some have cool magic systems, like the textual system Blake Charlton uses. Some world’s just fascinate me, like Peter F. Hamilton’s creations, which seem so fascinatingly in depth in my mind.
However, if I had to choose a world, or a culture I had to live in, I’m not sure what I’d choose. In all honesty, I’d probably go along with Peter F. Hamilton and find a world he’s created to make my home, but I’m not sure. When I seriously think about this question, I think all the worlds, while interesting, aren’t worth living in (if that even makes sense).
Thus, I thought I’d pose this question to you, my dear reader, and see what world/culture you’d live in and why. The only rule is that it has to be a world/culture you’ve read about in a speculative fiction book.