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A Q-like being visits you and tells you that in exactly one day, a gamma ray burst will hit Earth and make it completely uninhabitable to life. This being gives you the option (read: you can choose to stay and die) to permanently relocate to any fictional world of your choice: i.e. Middle-Earth, Star Trek Earth, Coruscant, DC's Earth, Marvel's Asgard ... it doesn't matter; you can go to a world where humans are known, or one where we're completely alien and unknown. You can bring any number of family/friends with you, with the caveat that each of you will only and forever be regular humans, and must initially assume a similar social class in the new world as the one you lived on Earth. You can grow in class, assuming this is allowed by said world's society.

Assuming that communicating with the new world's inhabitants won't be a barrier, which world would you choose? And why?



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Bk Ray


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Probably Narnia or Faerie (Vertigo).

Westeros may sound cool, but the best I could hope for is ending up in the Night's Watch.







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Mikel Midnight


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Iain Banks' The Culture


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The Black Guardian

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Marvel Earth feels like home to me.


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    A Q-like being visits you and tells you that in exactly one day, a gamma ray burst will hit Earth and make it completely uninhabitable to life. This being gives you the option (read: you can choose to stay and die) to permanently relocate to any fictional world of your choice: i.e. Middle-Earth, Star Trek Earth, Coruscant, DC's Earth, Marvel's Asgard ... it doesn't matter; you can go to a world where humans are known, or one where we're completely alien and unknown. You can bring any number of family/friends with you, with the caveat that each of you will only and forever be regular humans, and must initially assume a similar social class in the new world as the one you lived on Earth. You can grow in class, assuming this is allowed by said world's society.



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    Assuming that communicating with the new world's inhabitants won't be a barrier, which world would you choose? And why?



Assuming I don't gain knowledge. A 21st century Engineer isn't going to cut it in Star Treks world...I would likely...

1) Find a healthy wonderful Gaia world and we could set about repopulating it/hopefully not ruining it this time

2) One with advanced technology that no one understands anymore and is just taken care of, so we could become the new tech lords and revitalize the lost knowledge through reverse engineering.


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zvelf


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    A Q-like being visits you and tells you that in exactly one day, a gamma ray burst will hit Earth and make it completely uninhabitable to life. This being gives you the option (read: you can choose to stay and die) to permanently relocate to any fictional world of your choice: i.e. Middle-Earth, Star Trek Earth, Coruscant, DC's Earth, Marvel's Asgard ... it doesn't matter; you can go to a world where humans are known, or one where we're completely alien and unknown. You can bring any number of family/friends with you, with the caveat that each of you will only and forever be regular humans, and must initially assume a similar social class in the new world as the one you lived on Earth. You can grow in class, assuming this is allowed by said world's society.



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    Assuming that communicating with the new world's inhabitants won't be a barrier, which world would you choose? And why?


Thalassa (a long time before the arrival of the Magellan) from the Arthur C. Clark novel The Songs of Distant Earth:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Songs_of_Distant_Earth

It's basically a utopia. The people are really laid back, they lack the concept of war and monogamy, and there's no religion. I'd bring roughly 50 family and friends.




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seeker


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Fantasy Worlds are a problem since human are usually at the bottom of the barrel unless they are rich or wizards. Plus, I would miss modern amenities like medical care and indoor plumbing.

Many sci-fi worlds have the same problems as modern earth (or worse) despite the technology.

Star Trek is a socialist utopia with universal healthcare. Everyone is pretty much the same class. And from what I've seen even if you are not a scientific genius you can still make a pretty good living.

So I would choose Earth of ST: TNG. I would take myself along with my close friends and family.


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America's Captain 

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    Star Trek is a socialist utopia with universal healthcare. Everyone is pretty much the same class. And from what I've seen even if you are not a scientific genius you can still make a pretty good living.



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    So I would choose Earth of ST: TNG. I would take myself along with my close friends and family.


I would choose the same and for much the same reasons. I would add the facts that (1) interstellar travel exists and (2) extra-terrestrial sapients are known and interacted with, which means life in general is much more interesting. I would bring along with me my close friends and family (and my cat). And my books and comic books, which, though not worth a whole lot right now, might actually be worth something a few centuries from now.

Some of my close friends and family have medical problems. On Star Trek Earth, they'd be cured easily.







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      Star Trek is a socialist utopia with universal healthcare. Everyone is pretty much the same class. And from what I've seen even if you are not a scientific genius you can still make a pretty good living.

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        So I would choose Earth of ST: TNG. I would take myself along with my close friends and family.



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    I would choose the same and for much the same reasons. I would add the facts that (1) interstellar travel exists and (2) extra-terrestrial sapients are known and interacted with, which means life in general is much more interesting. I would bring along with me my close friends and family (and my cat). And my books and comic books, which, though not worth a whole lot right now, might actually be worth something a few centuries from now.



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    Some of my close friends and family have medical problems. On Star Trek Earth, they'd be cured easily.



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...according to Picard they have done away with all need for money wealth or personal gain.


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The Black Guardian

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Pretty sure I could replicate as many Neanderthal (paper) versions of Fantastic Four #1's in mint condition that I could possibly want. So...

It's been over 20 years since I've sold a comic, anyway.


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atrimus


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ST Earth would be my first choice too. My only fear is whether or not my psyche (which is used to society defining itself as much through misery as happiness) would be capable of adapting. This isn't to say that I'm miserable or would seek out misery, but I imagine that as novelty over what's essentially a perfect utopia wears off, the sudden culture shock of the new zeitgeist would be quite steep.



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America's Captain 

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    ...according to Picard they have done away with all need for money wealth or personal gain.


And yet - the Ferengi.

But I see your point any way. Even if I found a Ferengi buyer and got paid - would I have a reason to care?

I think maybe I would. The Ferengi do business with many species, who must be motivated somehow to conduct transactions. I suspect only the Earth is a socialist paradise.

But maybe I would have no interest in selling my books. I think I would still want them. Or at least some of them.

Nevertheless, if I couldn't bring my books, then I would leave them behind. The opportunity to live in a time of such medical and engineering marvels is too great to pass up,







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America's Captain 

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    ST Earth would be my first choice too. My only fear is whether or not my psyche (which is used to society defining itself as much through misery as happiness) would be capable of adapting. This isn't to say that I'm miserable or would seek out misery, but I imagine that as novelty over what's essentially a perfect utopia wears off, the sudden culture shock of the new zeitgeist would be quite steep.


Virtual reality could provide the solution. You could spend time in all sorts of primitive locales.

Heck, maybe Star Trek Earth is all anybody really needs. Want to live on Middle Earth? Marvel Earth? DC Earth? All of these may be readily available via holosuite technology. And when Galactus is about to devour the place - you just end the program and go back to enjoying the socialist paradise.







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America's Captain 

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    Marvel Earth feels like home to me.


I would be terrified to live on Marvel Earth. Super-villains everywhere! Would you actually want to live in Manhattan?







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atrimus


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I'd probably not spend very much time in holodecks/suites. The last thing I'd want is to be another Reginald Barclay!



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The Black Guardian

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I don't want to live in Manhattan of any Earth. \:\-P


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zvelf


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    I don't want to live in Manhattan of any Earth. \:\-P


I live in Manhattan of this Earth and it is fabulous! Expensive but fabulous.



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