What fantasy universe would you live in?

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Yes indeed. What language should I use for programming?
For programming a universe,you would need infinite programming functions variables etc.
 
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Star Trek Voyager for me. It is the series I cared the most about. I would also find Harry Potter to be a pretty neat world to live in as well.
 

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Like my above post, I have to suggest Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. Especially if your a fan of the Harry Dresden novels.

Similar to other series, it is basically a Feudal system, but abolishment of slavery and individual rights is a major underlying theme of these books.
A week or so ago I was browsing for something new to read and remembered this recommendation and so downloaded Furies of Calderon. Now I'm just a few chapters from the end of the series and I've absolutely loved it :biggrin: thanks for the tip!
 
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Cool. A ff fan here. Bit old school. I'll go with worlds--Xenogear or Starocean.^^
Not really all of FF. More likely FFX only. Their love story was cute and that totally grabbed me into that world. Maybe that's why like that world so much. But yes, other FF universes are attracting too.

Starocean's cool. :smile:
 

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Middle Earth with the elves.

Rivendell, to be exact.
 
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Middle Earth with the elves. Rivendell, to be exact.
Umm,... you realize that most of the history of the Noldor in Middle Earth is essentially thousands of years of tragedy, right? :frown:
 
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I think the Wheel of Time universe would be pretty cool to live in.
 
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Umm,... you realize that most of the history of the Noldor in Middle Earth is essentially thousands of years of tragedy, right? :frown:
That makes it even more appealing.

Does that make me weird?
 

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That makes it even more appealing.

Does that make me weird?
It means we're more similar than I had guessed, so you should probably be more concerned about that. :rolleyes:

I wonder if Peter Jackson will ever do any of the Silmarillion stories, e.g., Beren & Luthien which ends badly, or The Children of Hurin whose ending is even worse. Not exactly cute little hobbit stuff.
 
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I'd like to be Garfield cat, from the cartoons. A world where my appetite is the absolute will.
 
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I wonder if Peter Jackson will ever do any of the Silmarillion stories, e.g., Beren & Luthien which ends badly, or The Children of Hurin whose ending is even worse. Not exactly cute little hobbit stuff.
I don't know if that would appear to a general audience as much. The Lord of the Rings was a great book, as was The Hobbit. The Silmarillion, however, I think has the more intricate plot lines. Generally, I think there is a perception in Hollywood to treat your audience as low attention span idiots, so I don't see the funding be fronted for it as much. Of course, they may strip down the story of the Silmarillion as they did with the Lord of the Rings. Personally, I've always felt the Lord of the Rings movies were a joke. A bad one at that.
 

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I don't know if that would appear to a general audience as much.
Yeah, the Silmarillion stories need a lot of fleshing out, but I don't think the Wellington team has what it takes. Maybe writers with more edginess, like maybe Benioff, Espenson, etc. Game of Thrones has done really well, but it's certainly not for children.

Personally, I've always felt the Lord of the Rings movies were a joke. A bad one at that.
I was disappointed with them when they first came out, but I find them a little less objectionable when I watch them on DVD occasionally. But only a little.

From the Hobbit movies, it seems PJ still doesn't understand that ordinary Orcs don't run around in daylight. :grumpy:

PJ's Smaug was exceptional, though. Much better than I anticipated, possibly a bit too big, but that's PJ all over. The under-mountain plot detours became ridiculous, imho, though not as laughable as a stunning female woodelf being attracted to a dwarf (sigh).
 
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Hmm. I'm surprised nobody has said "Equestria." What's with the scarcity of bronies here? :tongue2:

Anyways, check this out:

1. It has a benign, immortal, and wise monarch. I subscribe to the philosophy that the best form of government is such. The key issue is that usually some jerk takes the throne, or someone incompetent, and ruins it for everybody. But with the monarch being benign, immortal, and wise, it's a pretty awesome place, not to mention it bleeds into the culture quite a bit.

2. It has magic. Imagine a second field of physics. That's kinda what it's like. I would make no end of studying magic and its interactions with physics. Telekinesis, teleportation, transformation, levitation, casting shields, illusions, age spells... It goes on and on.

I mean, it's kind of like going to the Harry Potter universe. I'd relish the opportunity to hardcore study the mathematical formulations behind spells and such. I'm sure you could find plenty of patterns in the data. It'd also be fun to play with the blurry edges of things.

"This spell only works to transform one type of animal into another." "Define: 'animal...'"

3. 1910's era tech, more or less. If you carried over your Earthly knowledge, you could become the Einstein, Goddard and Bohr of this world simultaneously... And then see what happens when you combine the known laws of physics with magic.

4. As a whole, the setting is peaceful, but not perfect. Daily life won't be boring, by any stretch, but you won't have to worry about any wars or such, not normally, anyways. And the general populace is very friendly.

5. The early stages of civilization mean that you won't be quite so hard pressed to find a job; ie, not as much competition, and "lower-end" menial jobs pay relatively better in this universe. I don't know about higher-end jobs, but it seems they'd be even better.

6. And yes, this is the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" universe, so presumably you'd be an equine of some kind. What this means is, that even if somehow the very worst possible things happen, you can still survive on grass. Or if you just want to save money for things other than "fine dining."

7. Adorable populace. I absolutely adore the main protagonist. She's very much a scholarly type. 'nuff said.

Normally kid's shows would drive one to insanity to live in, but I'd say this one is surprisingly well-done enough that it represents a more or less sane world. It's a world with a culture with strong ethical values, at core. Most of the negative stereotypes of kid's shows don't apply.
 

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Heh, I've never watched a my little pony but I see why it's so popular when described like that. Still doesn't entice me but sounds nice nevertheless. I also like the idea that magic could be studied rigorously, not much fantasy out there like that though. The KingKiller Chronicles has a pretty good go at it with magic being studied at a university and requiring knowledge of maths, chemistry and other fields (depending on the type of magic).

Along those lines a fantasy universe that I would not want to live in is Charles Stross's Laundryverse. It takes place in the present day and is a perfect blend of lovecraft, spy, IT and mundane office work all in one. "Magic" is the result of certain computations which cause effects in the ultraverse that prompt lovecraftian horrors to do stuff. A key theme is that the world is heading towards an apocalypse as the amount of thinking humans has increased so much that the elder gods are starting to take notice. Also quite funny and easy to empathise with if you've ever worked in an office :tongue2:
 
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Heh, I've never watched a my little pony but I see why it's so popular when described like that. Still doesn't entice me but sounds nice nevertheless. I also like the idea that magic could be studied rigorously, not much fantasy out there like that though. The KingKiller Chronicles has a pretty good go at it with magic being studied at a university and requiring knowledge of maths, chemistry and other fields (depending on the type of magic).
Heh, one large aspect of the protagonist's past, is that she's spent most her life at prestigious schools studying magic (she got accepted by showing natural talent at a young age, and now it's pretty well canonized that she's one of the most powerful magicians around because she studies magic so much.) She still seems to be something of a grad student, spending just about all her free time studying, reading, and on one occasion doing what seemed to be chemistry of some kind. Though once the events of the series start she's no longer at the school, much to her disapproval.

FYI to better understand your brony friends, this character is Twilight Sparkle, the purple unicorn :P

Along those lines a fantasy universe that I would not want to live in is Charles Stross's Laundryverse. It takes place in the present day and is a perfect blend of lovecraft, spy, IT and mundane office work all in one. "Magic" is the result of certain computations which cause effects in the ultraverse that prompt lovecraftian horrors to do stuff. A key theme is that the world is heading towards an apocalypse as the amount of thinking humans has increased so much that the elder gods are starting to take notice. Also quite funny and easy to empathise with if you've ever worked in an office :tongue2:
"Laundryverse". I think you've got us convinced to agree with you at that part XD
 

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I'd live in the Kamen Rider multiverse, but only if I could be a Rider myself. I think I'd make a good Decade (Violent Emotion) or maybe Dark Kabuto. Of course, Wizard is awesome as well, but if I was one of the Wizard riders, I'd be Shiroi Mahoutsukai (aka the "White Wizard" or Kamen Rider Wiseman,) because he's badass and not a goody-two-shoes like Wizard proper
 
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To me, it has to be the Amber world from Roger Zelazny's novels. If you'd get the same lifespan and ability to walk among shadow like the children of Oberon do, I can't imagine a more interesting world.
 
The Midlands sound nice.
 
Some cyberpunk dystopia. Most of my favourite science fiction comes from the cyberpunk genre, Blade Runner, Akira, etc. I've always been a fan of big cities illuminated by towers of lights, Japan, China, New York, and now places like Dubai, it's like the complete opposite of nature and cyberpunk takes those concepts to the absolute extreme. I guess the reason I like science fiction is because it allows you to experience things that are on the boarders of impossible. I can look into the past, I'm experiencing the now but I can't see the future and I'd love to be able to go there... Perhaps if it weren't for my new found interest and appreciation for historical events.
 
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I will go with wonderland.
 
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The fantasy universe where I am insanely rich.
 
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I'd love to be in the Dragon Ball Z universe. I've always fantasized about becoming a Super Saiyan :biggrin:
 
If I really got to go to one, I'd prefer to write it myself, since I am the only one I realty trust. :)
 

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