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Questions tagged [setting]

Questions about the background universe a work is set in.

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Was Lovecraft's “Shunned House” a real building?

"The Shunned House" is one of my favorite stories by H. P. Lovecraft, although that is probably a minority opinion. One of the things that is notable about it is the detail with which he describes ...
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What was the first fantasy world/universe without real-world ties?

There seems to be a fairly common world building method now of setting fantasy works in standalone universes, completely separate (at least explicitly) from our own world, e.g. A Song of Ice and Fire, ...
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Where does The Last Unicorn take place?

It occurred to me just recently while revisiting this story, that I've never considered where all this is happening. Although it's true that we as the audience are supposed to care more about the ...
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What is the status of human slavery in the WH40K universe?

It's pretty wide question, which, for sure, contains innumerable sub-questions. For example, is it legal for planetary government to enslave distinguishable part of planet's population (not criminals!...
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Is the Craft Sequence set in our future?

Some fantasy works (e.g., the Shannara series) are clearly set in the far future of a world essentially indistinguishable from ours. There are a few hints that the Craft Sequence is one of these: in ...
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How functional is Deckard's apartment in “Blade Runner”?

After about a thousand viewings of "Blade Runner," combined with material like this, this, and this, I'm still struggling to make sense of some of the things I think I see in Deckard's apartment. ...
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When and where are the Daggers and Steele books set?

I picked up the first two books of the Daggers and Steele series by Alex P. Berg. It's a detective series with the main characters being homicide detectives. It's got definite fantasy elements with ...
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What novels or movies are set in these fantasy lands?

I recognize a few, but some I've definitely never heard of. And if they're on this map with the likes of Middle Earth and Westeros, I'm assuming they're pretty prominent in the fantasy world. Can ...
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When does Starship Troopers take place?

Do any of the various versions and remakes of Starship Troopers give a dates as to when they take place? I'm fine with answers from The original novel The anime The film series The RPG The various ...
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Was Coruscant intended to appear in the original trilogy?

Was there ever a plan to show Coruscant in the original trilogy? If so, why didn't they show it on screen in the end?
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Do the Ninja Turtles live in sewage?

We know that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live in the sewer of Manhattan (in New York City). We know that those sewers handle the bodily waste of several million people. There is no possible way ...
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Are there any sci-fi novels with multiple human-colonized galaxies? [closed]

First of all, sorry for my English. It's not my native language. All space-themed sci-fi novels I've read deal with human civilizations on the scale from Solar system to whole Milky Way galaxy. Are ...
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Marvel's Iron Man's Comic Connection with the Film

I wonder how much Marvel tries to keep story-lines similar between the movies and the comic books. Lots of things are very different. How come Iron Man's story is different from the comics, like ...
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Has setting as a narrator or POV character ever been done? [closed]

I am in the process of writing a science fiction novel and am considering casting an entire city as a POV character. I do believe that I've read a novel with something like this before, but I cannot ...
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When does the Vorkosigan Saga take place?

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is set in the far future. Is it ever established exactly when in the future most of the books take place?
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Science Fiction as a setting or genre?

Isaac Asimov was famous (in my mind) for writing detective stories that happened to be set in space. I am also a fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly series for separating the science fiction setting from the ...
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What stories are set in George R.R. Martin's 'future history' universe? (the setting for Dying of the Light)

Dreamsongs vol 1 lists the following in the intro to Section 3: The Hero (mentioned) Dying of the Light (first novel, mentioned) Included in Dreamsongs Vol 1 A Song for Lya This Tower of Ashes And ...
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Is there a novel using a Dyson Sphere as setting? [closed]

In the ringworld-novels of Larry Niven the author uses a giant ring around the sun as setting. The concept that is going more extrem in this direction is a Sphere around a sun. That concept is called ...