- If you could live in any fictional world, which one would you choose?
Culture definitely, but as an immigrant to it or on the fringes where it meets other cultures.
Based on the books, the most interesting way to see the culture was in comparison to the alternatives.
I imagine if you were born grew up and lived surrounded by it without any external reference it could be a hopelessly bland existence.
Thinking a little more; I’d definitely like to be the culture ambassador to the diskworld :O)Posted 6 months agoRo5eyMember
The village of Danebury, from the Detectorists.
Mornings spent in sunny fields surrounded by chirping birds and bees buzzing. Afternoons eating sandwiches and drinking tea under big trees and nights spent in the pub with pals…. just about perfect.
A few weeks back I run a marathon through southeast Suffolk, it was everything I’d hoped for …. sun, birds, bees, butterflies, fields of wheat and even the remains of a Anglo-Saxon settlement Denham Castle
It was joyful and I sung the Detectorist theme tune out loud as I ran ….. “I felt the touch of the kings and the breath of the wind”Posted 6 months agofinbarMember
Great question. I have a lifelong love affair with high fantasy, and I love the idea of going on an epic quest across a huge wilderness astride a horse, so I’m tempted to go for the very obvious Middle Earth. Probably betwixt the Silmarillion and the Hobbit to avoid all the nasty bits.
Or, on a completely different tack, the Warhammer 40k universe during the Great Crusade. Being an invincible Space Marine yomping around the universe killing aliens would be pretty cool.Posted 6 months agofinbarMember
The other one I love is the shared 60s view of the future. Something like “space family stone” – where ordinary citizens can fly out to the asteroid belt, live on the moon, all that sort of stuff. so full of positivity and hope
Good one. The Flintstones would be similar I think – who doesn’t love dinosaurs?Posted 6 months agojohnnersMember
The Culture, but not during the Idiran War. Post scarcity and about the only fictional society where the quality of your life doesn’t depend on being in the 1% to start with.Posted 6 months ago
Failing that, I’d like to be a white man living in Western Europe during the late 20th/early 21st century please.
The Culture if I wanted an easy life.
Jack Vance’s Dying Earth if I wanted a more challenging one.
Well the point is that you can make Culture life as challenging or as easy as you want. Many (most?) of the central characters are making life harder for themselves than it needs to be. It’s a bit of a theme in fact. You can choose absolutely anything. See Inversions for an example.Posted 6 months agoIdleJonSubscriber
Many (most?) of the central characters are making life harder for themselves than it needs to be
Ah, but even with enhancements etc, the protagonists tend to be exceptionally talented. I’m not. I’m pretty average, so doubt I’d survive. Anyway, that’s not quite what I meant. 😀
I’d also add Lankhmar, for excitement.Posted 6 months agoP-JayMember
The lovely prosperous, tolerant, utopian Britain which the Brexitiers say is going to emerge in October. 😉
I was thinking of their version of the ‘good old days’ it must be lovely, crime free you could leave your doors open, no traffic treat the road like race track, drunk. Basically live completely without consequence – smoke, drink, eat buckets of red meat, chuck your rubbish wherever you like, slash and burn the rain forests. By the time you add in the “we had proper seasons back then” aka year-around summer, apart from Xmas when it snowed every year.Posted 6 months ago
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