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.
- The Stargate Network (Stargate, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe).
- 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.
- General Systems Vehicles (Ian Banks Culture novels)
- 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.
- The Death Star (Star Wars: A New Hope)
- Yeah, it’s big, it can blow up a planet. Need we say more?
- Ringworld (Larry Niven’s Ringworld series)
- 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.
- The Matrix (The Matrix Trilogy)
- 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.