Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Six sci-fi utopias where we’d all be better off

Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at One of six sci-fi utopias where we’d rather be living that he tagged at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog:
Little Belairs, Engine Summer, by John Crowley

In the not too distant future of Engine Summer, humans have more or less settled into a post-technological society. It may be large, maze-like, and ignorant of much of human history, but its people are happy, and the oral tradition keeps the ideas of angels (the precursors who uplifted humanity) and the saints (people whose examples and parables live on) alive. Also rare for science fiction and fantasy: a sprawling, fantastical city that isn’t dystopian, nor full of unknown dangers. The outside world may be kind of a bizarre mess, but Little Belairs and its enclaves are wondrous, magical, and significantly safer.
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