#IWSG – Book Worlds

On the first Wednesday of every month, members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (open to anyone and full of great resources and information for writers) post their answers to a monthly prompt on their blogs.

Authors benefit from getting an insightful prompt for generating more blog content, and IWSG links all respondents, which is a way for writers to discover each other. Pretty neat!

July 6 question – If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

Oooo great question.

The easy answer that comes to mind would be the Culture, a post-scarcity civilization in the universe of Iain M. Banks’s science fiction series by the same name. The idea that humans finally figure out how to make technology work for us and not against us (or to exploit each other for profit), to create a society in which most to all preventable suffering is eliminated, is highly appealing.

Of course, who wouldn’t want to live in such a setting?

I think the more interesting answer for me might be Earthsea, the setting for Ursula K. LeGuin’s YA fantasy series featuring the wizard Ged. I love the diversity of its terrain, people, and societies, and all the more so because it is nautical in flavor. There’s something about ships and sailing that automatically sets of associations of high adventure and intriguing quests on mysterious islands!

I don’t think I’d choose any of the worlds my own stories set in! That probably says something… The exception might be the planet Iskaria from my novel-in-progress, Rassam’s Eye. I think I’d also enjoy a subset of the world that will form the setting for a trio of novellas I have planned…

3 Comments

  1. I haven’t read either of these series, but the Earthsea setting sounds intriguing. I like island and water settings. In fact, I’ve set a couple of my own books on islands. I suppose that’s because that’s my happy place in real life.

  2. I have noticed several of the writers from this blog hop have created worlds that they would like to live in. I regret to say that I have not yet managed to do so, mostly due to having influences like Jeff VanderMeer and Kameron Hurley.

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