Yesterday I posted a link to a piece on high-risk careers in the types of fiction we love so much. That got me to thinking about something other than careers. If I could live in any fictional universe of my acquaintance, which universe would I live in? So I decided to answer the question.
Immediately eliminated: any fantasy universe that takes place in the distant past, or in any sort of pre-modern civilization. I like my creature comforts too much. Air conditioning is lovely. Sorry, Middle-Earth.
None of Joss Whedon’s fantasy works, thank you. I would either be the person chased by the monster, the person chasing the monster, or the monster. None of those types has a high survival rate.
There’s no point in choosing to live in an insular sci-fi world unless you’re one of the ones on the inside. So Dr. Who would only be fun if I got to travel with Dr. Who. And that would eventually end with me getting ditched anyhow.
The Star Wars universe pre-Empire has a lot of creature comforts in the heart of the Republic, so it might not be a bad choice, except that I would then have a high probability of living in the Star Wars universe during the Empire. That would be no fun. And I always have to keep in mind that I probably wouldn’t be rich in these worlds. You want to choose the ones with the best middle-class lifestyle.
I would not look good with a comically large mouth. No anime.
The Federation has hundreds of planets, and seems to be relatively at peace. The technology level is high, too. I would be in a good environment even if I didn’t serve aboard a starship. So I suppose that has to be my choice. As long as I can stay away from ships named Enterprise, I could live a long and happy life with no disturbances.
What about you? What world would you choose?