Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit. This is a great prompt for science fiction and fantasy! I’ll try to keep it brief (no promises).
The Moon as presented in Ian McDonald’s Luna series (starting with New Moon). The Moon wants to kill you. But I want to visit it anyway. In McDonald’s Luna series, the moon is hollowed out to allow room for a huge city in its interior. It has high rises, a city center, dazzling, glittering estates. I love everything about this setting, except for that part where you can die of poverty, because even oxygen has a price.
Dolingo in Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. You’ve probably heard the concept before. A city built in the trees. James owned this concept and made it totally his own. I loved imagining the height of these trees, crossing from tree top to tree top in a “car” on a pulley system. Can we figure out a way to do it without the slaves in the walls though?
Isla Nublar in Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton. If you’ve been reading this blog even once a month you had to know this was going to end up on here right? In my dream vacation- I get out before the TRex escapes.
New Amazonia in Carnival by Elizabeth Bear. The world Bear has built in Carnival is honestly one of the most creative, most interesting worlds I’ve ever “visited.” While reading, I fell in love with this world. It’s a matriarchy (girl power!) where the female leaders carry around swords and wield them like the bad ass women they are. There’s this thing called a House. You just say what you want and House spits it out of a wall or something. Carpet Plant: The carpet is a plant and I like to be barefoot. Nuff said. Your wardrobe is actually full of secret weapons. And no- I don’t mean like the wardrobe you put your clothes into, I mean the wardrobe you wear. That guy that’s looking at you funny? Brush your sleeve up against him and ZAP! He gets an electric shock. Can’t say it enough- I love New Amazonia.
The Galactic Court in The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. In this book, everyone who’s anyone lives on an intergalactic spaceship. Planet dwellers are referred to as Excess. In my review I mentioned that the setting reminded me of the generation ship in the movie Passengers. I love the idea of glass in space and being surrounded by stars at all times.
The secret village of the Leopard People as presented by Nnedi Okorafor in Akata Witch. The writing transported me to another place where magic is real and I could see the world through the lens of a child again. Everything felt new and fresh. A kind of magical currency called Chittim falls out of the sky as you gain wisdom. There were magical bookstores and familiars and everything you can imagine.
The colony in Planetfall by Emma Newman. This world is set on an alien planet complete with bio-architecture and more carpet plant (seriously- I really, really need carpet plant in my life). All the tools you need are created with 3D printing. People have a chip in their eye that can do things like call for help, administer pain medication, and transmit messages.
The future as presented by Ada Palmer in Too Like the Lightning. I realize this is a dead horse that I refuse to stop beating- but the truth is, even if the future isn’t perfect, I think the world Palmer has imagined is a lot better than the one we have. No place in the globe is more than a couple hours away because transportation is so fast. Proselytizing is illegal (which I know sounds awful to some people, but sounds great to me). There’s no such thing as country borders. You pick the laws you want to live by (black law, grey law, white law). Wars are a thing of the past. My kind of future.
Elizabethan England in Fools in Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. Honestly- I just want to see Shakespeare performed under his own direction with Will Kemp as his clown.
Middle Earth. (This needs no further explanation right?)