It’s that time again boys and girls, time for another, patented, SF Signal Reader Challenge! This time, the challenge will be broken into two separate challenges, with associated polls (although John doesn’t know that yet, though, it will make the next few polls easy for him…). This time, I’m looking for your coolest/favorite science fiction setting in the written form. The rules:

  1. List up to 3 settings in the comments below.
  2. Please restrict your settings to those in written form. In this case, novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, poems and the like, in short, anything published in writing. Screenplays do not count.
  3. For those settings that have cross-pollinated between the visual and written media, only those settings whose original story was in written form should be considered and listed. For instance, the film 2001 won’t be accepted, but the short story “The Sentinel” will be. Star Wars and Star Trek are right out, this time.

I’ll collate the answers, then we may have a poll to see which setting is the coolest or the most favorite of the SF Signal readers. I’ll run this challenge through this coming Sunday (10/1) and then make John put up a poll starting next Monday, and then another challenge covering the visual media.

My coolest settings? Glad you asked:

  • The Culture from the mind of Iain (The M Stands for SF) M. Banks. Eccentric, overprotective AIs, ginormous ships, immortality (if careful), and Special Circumstances. What’s not to like?
  • Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space universe. Sure, FTL is more trouble than its worth, but the society mankind has made is really cool.
  • David Brin’s Uplift series. Just plain cool. If only he’d finish the story of the Streaker.

Now it’s your turn!

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