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Randomosity and a Poll

I have started on my Christmas shopping. Yay!

I am trying to get the hang of Facebook. I have found people from Seminary that I have not seen in 8 years and that was really cool.

Other than that, my little sister gets home from the Dominican Republic tomorrow! She is staying for a whole month! I am sooooo happy to be able to have her around here for that long.

And last, I have a poll for conversation and discussion. I have recently read The City of Ember, Wicked and Son of a Witch as well as Jim Butcher's Codex Alera novels and it got me thinking. I was just wondering how people liked their fantasy worlds to be as far as the level of technology the population has attained. It seems to me that I have read more and more fantasy books where technology was more advanced, than it is in the classic worlds of orcs and elves and others.

Poll #1309350 How do you like your fantasy worlds?

What level of technology do you like to see when you read fantasy literature?

Ugh, fire good
0(0.0%)
Wheels make it easier to cart around our stone axes
0(0.0%)
Wheels are nice but shiny steel swords work better when you're on a horse
1(10.0%)
Steam engines are fabulous! What's the deal with all this black soot?
0(0.0%)
Internal combustion, telephones, telegraphs! The world is ours!
0(0.0%)
TV, the Internet, disaffected teenagers , global warming.
0(0.0%)
We never made engines or telephones or the internet because we do everything by MAGIC!!
4(40.0%)
Some combination of the above that I will explain in comments.
2(20.0%)

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hhbarmaid
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I like worlds that seem sort of anachronistic to our contemporary eyes. I almost chose steam because I like that a lot. I like the Steampunk aesthetic.

I like the world of Firefly and Neverwhere (the book as I have not seen the TV series) in which Victorian or Old West mix with either magic or high tech that looks old. I loved the show Wild, Wild West when I was a kid. That had a bit of that same anachronistic thing going on -- the bad guys often had tech that was too advanced for the time the show was set in. The short lived TV show Legend staring Richard Dean Anderson and John de Lancie had a similar feel.

I also think of the movie The Prestige where magic and technology become mixed up in a Victorian setting. I think there is something in the actual historical Victorian era -- 19th century -- that lends itself to the fantastic. Technology is changing by leaps and bounds and there is a great deal of interest in spiritualism and mysticism and magic as well. Taking that whole interesting stew and placing into something like our future is something I really enjoy.

So... something with steam and the internet -- computers run on steam? -- that would be my fav. In some writing I am trying to do I want to play with the idea that what we think of as a rather orderly progression of technology becomes disrupted so we end up in a world that depends on both older technologies (steam, complex contraptions) and futuristic technologies (holograms and other crazy stuff).
dr_susannah
Dec. 4th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I like the mixture of magic and some civilised developement - if you want to read a mixture of sci fi, fantasy and lost technology, read William Gibson's books (Neuromancer, Johnny Neumonic etc) - they are quite brilliant. As it Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere, Stardust)

I still think that LOTR and HP are my favs - the scope of LOTR is so breathtaking, and you know what I think about HP!!!
hpca
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
It doesn't really matter to me what kind of technology is in my story....as long as it holds my attention! But I lean a little more heavier on the MAGIC side....

Good to hear that the sis is coming home for a month!
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