The Seven Wonders of Science Fictio

In keeping with the various lists of the 7 Wonders of X, I’ve decided to attempt a 7 Wonders of Science Fiction Worlds.

Now, these are my own choices and just by not reading what I read (or me not reading what you read) we are bound to come up with different answers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject and am willing to edit as needed. Perhaps, there will even be a contest for this.

Actually I only have 5 for now.  Suggestions for the other 2?

I have another one, but I can’t remember the name of the book. Human civilization, near the heat death of the universe, is actually moving entire galaxies around to collect energy from the gravitational interactions.

In no particular order.

  1. The Stargate Network (Stargate, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe).
    1. Just think about this a second. Sure, the stargates themselves are relatively small rings of a fairly common material in the universe. But the network covers at least 5 galaxies (Milky Way, Pegasus, Ori Galaxy, and two in SGU), with each network node retaining all the information to find any other node in the local network and potentially any node in the universe.
  2. General Systems Vehicles (Ian Banks Culture novels)
    1. Imagine a starship several kilometers long, with billions of people on board, run by multiple AIs that exist in hyperspace (so they think FAST), that can travel between galaxies, and build anything including copies of itself. That’s a GSV and they are really cool.
  3. The Death Star (Star Wars: A New Hope)
    1. Yeah, it’s big, it can blow up a planet. Need we say more?
  4. Ringworld (Larry Niven’s Ringworld series)
    1. It’s way bigger than an orbital (Culture) or a Halo (Halo series), it’s made of material that can’t possibly exist. It’s totally unstable, yet has existed for a long bloody time. Yeah, it’s our winner in the habitat field.
  5. The Matrix (The Matrix Trilogy)
    1. Yes, it’s a computer system, but it runs multiple high end AIs, and untold numbers of human downloaded consciousnesses in real time, in addition to maintaining itself indefinitely.
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6 Responses to The Seven Wonders of Science Fictio

  1. The colony ship, Elysium, from Pandorum?

    If you take the matrix as a ‘new’ wonder of the world, then the computer/brain interface from The Thirteenth Floor would be an ‘ancient’ wonder.

    Time machine from the film Primer?

  2. Eugen says:

    Hmm, I never heard of 2. and about Elysium, from Pandorum. I’ll have to look it up.

    Ringworld was flimsy, I think rockets were fired to keep its shape.

    What do you think of Clark’s Rama? Is it list-worthy?

  3. OgreMkV says:

    I’ll have to check out the Elysium as well. Rama is a pretty good one.

    Primer was a neat, weird movie. I enjoyed it. A time machine as a wonder of the science fiction world though?

    Again, if we get enough suggestions, I’ll do a poll.

  4. Cubist says:

    The Noosphere, from BLOOD MUSIC. Intelligent nanobots reshape reality itself…

    The integral trees, from Larry Niven’s novel THE INTEGRAL TREES,

  5. Cubist says:

    The Ring (or whatever it was called,) from Steven Baxter’s Xeelee series. An artifact of engineering on a literally cosmic scale, to reshape the Universe…

  6. mociumpan says:

    I suggest the city on planet Narwa form the book “An Ideal Imperfection” (“Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość” by Polish author Jacek Dukaj)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfekcyjna_niedoskona%C5%82o%C5%9B%C4%87

    Spoilers.
    Every molecule building this city in an anchor for a separated pocket of space-time, some small enough to contain just the machines used to accomplish this, some containing the entire muliverses with different subsets of physical laws and constants. The city is referred to as “the museum of infinity”.
    It’s “guarded” and possibly created by the Ultimate Inclusion of this multiverse (Ultimate Computer is the best possible computer, limited only by the physical constants and the Ultimate Inclusion is the best possible Ultimate Computer, given that you can create subuniverses with optimized physical constants).

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