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January 31st, 2014
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The sf society I'd like to live in
I realized recently that it's Karres from James Schmitz' The Witches of Karres-- good people, winterberry jelly, people generally can do magic, and the ability to get away from tyranny.

Russel's "...And Then There Were None" comes in second, but the society has less flavor, no magic, and escapes tyranny partly because it's a good place to live but also because the central government isn't trying very hard.

What's your favorite?

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Date:January 31st, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
As a kid it was Greensky, from Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Greensky books (Do you know them?)

One thing I took from Karres was roads that were grassy paths--I loved that.
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Date:January 31st, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Cetaganda, because I would love to be surrounded by art, and people who appreciate it (and because I assume their advanced genetics would mean effective and non-invasive medical care)
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Date:January 31st, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
It is probably predictable for anyone who knows me, but Banks' Culture, without a doubt. The alternate universe of Superman: Red Son once it has settled down after the effects of the main story also looks to have many hundreds of thousands of years of being a good place to live.

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Date:January 31st, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't connect with the Culture books for no obvious reasons, but I'm sure the toys would be better than on Karres. However, Karres still feels like home to me.
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Date:January 31st, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Iain Banks Culture. Much of the rest of that universe is decidedly non-awesome, but for a citizen of the Culture, life is pretty darn wonderful, with a post scarcity society, the potential for serious enhancement, impressive longevity, and pretty much all the fun you can imagine. I'd also be pretty darn happy with living in the southern hemisphere in the world of Ian McDonald's Kirinya.

Edited at 2014-01-31 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 31st, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
The Kesh in Ursula LeGuin's Always Coming Home would suit me fine. Karres would be lovely too.

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Date:February 2nd, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
The United Federation of Planets, obviously. The elimination of poverty, a better educational system, Vulcans, a thousand planets of literature... (number of planets depends upon which show you're watching)
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