Suggest some fun worldbuilding/milieu stories?
June 22, 2013 8:29 AM Subscribe
I love stories incorporating multiple settings/cultures. Think Lord of the Rings, with Rivendell (elves), Moria (dwarves), and the Shire (hobbits), all with a distinct "feel" to their societal standards. Can you suggest a book/series I would enjoy?
posted by heatherfl to media & arts (18 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
One of my favorites is the Starrigger series, about a trucker who ships to different planets; you get to visit a new world every few pages. This author goes beyond culture into different environments and adaptations, like desert ants that have reached the bronze age and build armor against warring tribes. That's two pages away from a world that sounds a lot like Cleveland, complete with an auto-body garage... which is a few chapters away from a sea world where people ride inside giant whales....
Something very similar is Star Trek, where people of different societies try to work together while investigating mysterious places. This doesn't quite have the magic of Jane Lindskold's Wolf series, which fascinates me particularly in the parts where monk-mages wear face paint...
Basically, it's not fantasy that I like so much as fantastical worldbuilding - some new setting that hangs together as strange yet real and makes me want to explore more details. Can you suggest some books I would enjoy?