What SciFi universe would you live in?

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Mass Effect. Liked this game and universe.
 
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Larry Niven's Universes. Known Space or the Co-Dominuum.
 
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I think I would like to live in the total recall universe; stop Arnie from activating the terraformation of Mars, because since Mars has no major scale magnetic field all the air would blow off in a couple thousand years or less anyways, and mine the turbinium to build starships to colonize the galaxy. I'd be a real hero for humanity and get my own ship.
 

Khashishi

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I'd choose the Library of Babel.
Admittedly, the first big problem with this universe is gravity. If the library is infinite, then the distribution of mass is uniform, and there's just as much mass pulling you "up" as there is pulling you "down". In fact, there should be no up or down.
Infinity isn't just one value. There are infinite different infinities. You could have a distribution that has infinite more mass below, or infinite more mass above, or even a finite mass difference. infinity-infinity is undefined, not 0.
 
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No way I'd want to be stuck on a spaceship or confined to some artificial environment on a planet...glass, plastic...I get antsy after 5 hours on an airplane. The Enterprise would wear thin after a couple days.

I need Nature, the outdoors. ..mountains, rivers, feel the sunshine. Birds, wildflowers, wolves, butterflies. I live in Western Canada for a reason.

Thus...a futuristic post apocalyptic world. Small populated areas carving out a niche. I'd like to an explorer trying to make contact with other populations. Strapping on the backpack and wandering off to find other groups. No zombies, mutants or supernatural. Coming across lost technology and trying to understand what it was...a chainsaw, CD player, typewriter, pencil sharpener, toys, etc.
 

meBigGuy

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I'll take a world with nexus 5 (Ramez Naam)

Or, a fresh new Earth at the end of Stephenson's Seveneves (although the ring seems cool too)

Maybe Earth in Old Man's War while you could get recruited and regenerated in your old age.
 
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The inevitable problem with this question is that most sci fi universes tend to be a bit on the dangerous side, that's why we enjoy reading about them. Who in their right-mind would want to live in the Game of Thrones Universe? Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth has the Star Trek TNG feel of being reasonably safe--and interesting. Though I suppose the place I would most like to live is Roger Zelazny's city of Amber. I'll even take the danger.
 
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Just because there is no "money" does not mean there is no "currency"
and that will always create an underclass.
True enough! Absolute equality, like absolute freedom, is absolutely unattainable. However, material well-being would still be good. I'm a member of this era's underclass, but I still have a better life than William the Conqueror.
 

Gaz

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I will have to go for Atlantis. With my personal shield and enough fire power to wipe out the entire planet when I'm not of having fun exploring the Universe I will come home and rule you all with a iron fist haha.
 
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I will have to go for Atlantis. With my personal shield and enough fire power to wipe out the entire planet when I'm not of having fun exploring the Universe I will come home and rule you all with a iron fist haha.
Always good to have a plan:cool:.
 
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I asked this question to Doc Al in his interview, but I think it would be fun to hear from everyone. You can pick any well known SciFi universe to live in. Which would it be?

I would say Star Trek just for the holodeck and the device where food is instantly made. Seems fairly stable too.
I like star trek, too. No, holodeck is not everything Greg. It's the culture, where human (and Star Federation) is much more refined than us.
 
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Me? Definetely not Mad Max or Water World!
 
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Nobody chooses Flat Land?
 
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Of course not! What would the women look like?
Slim and sexy? Ironically, the 2D story helps me much to understand 4D. At least to imagine 4D.
 

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I was thinking "flat"!
 
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I could live in my spaceship in my universe because when I hook up I am the spaceship. I feel every electrical impulse the ship is me and I command the voluntary functions of the computer. I sense the sensor stimulus and control the response. My ship has the ultimate of defenses and offensive technology. It has the most powerful engines, the best sensors. It is the ultimate ship in my universe. I feel at peace when I'm hooked up. I get all the best stuff in my universe. I think with virtual reality the real universe will be the best universe. Nobody has to be rich. They have their virtual castle or palace, virtual car, virtual wife etc; the best of everything defying the efforts of the rich. Though they are poor, they are rich.
 
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I wouldn't live in a new sci-fi universe like AVATAR among others because they assume that all habitable worlds will have sentient life. This gives the feeling that we have no place to go. That's a miserable outlook and I think many sci-fi's have succombed to this idea. I don't find that realistic. Even on this world legend has it that god put sentience here and it is not natural. I'd want to live in a universe where we have a place to go.
 
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I wouldn't live in a new sci-fi universe like AVATAR among others because they assume that all habitable worlds will have sentient life. This gives the feeling that we have no place to go. That's a miserable outlook and I think many sci-fi's have succumbed to this idea. I don't find that realistic. Even on this world legend has it that god put sentience here and it is not natural. I'd want to live in a universe where we have a place to go.
One of the things I think our space-faring future would be about is architecture. We would have to build the ships to get to these places in the first place, we could then build habitats to live in once we get there. We could custom design O'neil or McKendree cylinders for whatever environment we'd find, and they would always be in the best spot for us in the habitable zone. It could be that after living in ships for hundreds or thousands of years the idea of living on a planet again could be really icky!
 
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#Battlestar_Galactica
Universe ruled by Cylons!! :nb):nb):frown:
 
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#Battlestar_Galactica
Universe ruled by Cylons!! :nb):nb):frown:
If you are talking about the last one SciFi did you seem more alarmed by the prospect than the creators were; they seemed far more interested in the Cylons than the human beings. There is an attitude I call Ethical Misanthropy that I see as very much an intellectual fashion statement today. The last Battlestar Galactica very much displayed this attitude.
 
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If you are talking about the last one SciFi did you seem more alarmed by the prospect than the creators were; they seemed far more interested in the Cylons than the human beings. There is an attitude I call Ethical Misanthropy that I see as very much an intellectual fashion statement today. The last Battlestar Galactica very much displayed this attitude.
The last episode was happy ending episode.
But even after 4.5 billion years,Cylons(creators) were in existance.HOW??
I didn't get that part..
 
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I didn't get that part..
I didn't get most of the parts. I watched the first few episodes and the last few episodes and most of it. All of the humans seemed a little too screwed up to really be believable.
 

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