I was talking with some neighborhood friends the other day about the soon-to-be released Hobbit movie (well, the first installment of it anyway) and one of them commented offhandedly: “I’d love to live in Middle-earth – it’s so beautiful there.”
It got me to thinking – yeah, Middle-earth would be great to visit but to actually purchase a house and live there? Having a seemingly immortal Dark Lord obsessed with destroying the world living in my backyard is, frankly, a deal breaker for me. Not to mention his armies of orcs and the mess that they leave in their wake.
After some deep contemplation – ie: a few hours spent searching through my library – here are my top ten science fiction/fantasy realms to live in:
3. The realm of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake saga (Guilty Pleasures, et. al.). In a world where most of the characters are supernatural, super sexy, and frequently engaged in, ahem, superabundant sexual acrobatics, what’s not to love? Or lust?
6. George Lucas’ Star Wars universe. For those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, the ecumenopolis of Coruscant is ideal! (Except I hear the traffic is terrible…)
9. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom. The fictional representation of Mars in ERB’s John Carter adventures, this planet appealed to me because of its lighter gravity. A “normal” Earthling on Barsoom is capable of superhuman acts – jumping over buildings, lifting tremendous amounts of weight, and eating 69 hotdogs in under 10 minutes…
QUESTION: If you could choose just one SF/Fantasy realm in which to spend the rest of your days, which one would it be?
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.