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August 13: Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting (ie: futuristic world, set mostly in schools, during World War II, books set in California, etc. So many possibilities!)
Hmm, picking one kind of setting is kind of difficult… I’m going to have to pick sci-fi future worlds… somewhere other than Earth.
1. Beta. Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Though the air is toxic and people have to wear breath masks to survive, Beta thrives under high-tech domes, full of art, music, and an impressive culture.
2. Bit O’ Heaven. Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series. For the ironic name alone, this setting is a favorite of mine–their business is raising enormous porcuswine, which are exactly as wonderfully tempered and smelling as you’d expect. For being the birthplace of the Stainless Steel rat, it definitely has to make this list.
3. Botany. Anne McCaffrey’s Catteni Series. The scavengers that come through the dirt each night to eat anything organic make this one a bit of a tough sell, but the pioneer spirit and independence of this planet’s less than willing colonists appeal to me. And it sounds beautiful–rocky, but beautiful.
4. Demeathorn. AnneMcCaffrey’s Coelura. Lots of love for McCaffrey, what can I say. This sounds like an interesting world, the kind with fantastic, colorful creatures–especially the coelura.
5. Landoor. Robert Asprin’s Phule’s Company. Any planet that decides to put that much effort into building amusement parks gets points for originality, at least. And Phule’s Company makes any setting perhaps a little more dangerous, but also more fun.
6. Melaquin. James Alan Gardner’s League of Peoples Series. This world is a peculiar mix of technology and a low-tech world, with plenty of forests and lots of light. The race living on it, the modified children of humans, made immortal and completely transparent, is pretty interesting, too.
7. Mercedes Lackey’s Shipscat series. One of the ships traveling from planet to planet is my favorite setting in this series–visiting exotic locales, accompanied by a ship’s cat, a highly intelligent modified creature, with paws like a raccoon–which would be a lot of trouble, but still…
8. Pern. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern Series. I know this reads like fantasy, but if you read the books that cover the back story, you’ll discover Pern was colonized by humans. The low-tech remainders have developed an art-heavy culture. Thread aside, dragons and fire-lizards and make this world interesting.
9. Sector General. James White’s Sector General series. Any space station of this size, attempting to treat all manners of species, no matter what air they breathe, food they eat, or shape they are, makes for an intriguing setting. The carefully crafted environments for the shark-like aliens, for example, or the enormous aliens who absorb food through their skin…
10. Sphinx. David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. Another world with wild flora and fauna. I’d want to stay far away from any hexapumas, but the celery-thief treecats and towering trees would be quite a sight.