Top Ten Settings I’d like to see in books

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do.


This week’s top ten is about settings I’d like to see in books, either in the past or the future.

Historical settings I’d like to see

  1. Regency-era — but somewhere other than England.
  2. The Pacific Northwest coast
  3. Western Canada

Future settings I’d like to see

Most of these aren’t settings per se, but situations or scenarios.  Science fiction  and fantasy are very, very top heavy in glamour jobs and people.  There’s a subgroup of stories that focus on criminals.

But we need we lead characters who are middle class.  One presumes that ordinary people of the future would be very different from us — but in what ways?

We also need occupations other than space pilots, soldiers (almost always officers), royalty, scientists, and rulers.  A few thoughts:

  1. Garbage collectors — because I’ll bet somebody comes up with better ways to dispose of garbage than landfills.  What is one such system and what could go wrong with it?  Or what if a small alien escapes and makes its home in the garbage?
  2. Real estate salesmen — because there must be unique challenges selling property on raw colony planets.  Predatory creatures.  Travel.  Alien buyers.  Trees that grow overnight in the middle of a house.
  3. Tugboat pilots — because incoming spaceships traveling at even a fraction of lightspeed could hit a planet or space station with the force of multiple hydrogen bombs.  Authorities would mitigate the danger the same way they do in modern seaports, by having fleets of tugboats responsible for guiding spaceships to safety.  (Actually, I’m planning on using this one in the next book I write.)
  4. Grocery delivery people — because the types of food, houses, and methods of travel could be utterly different in the future.  What problems could such a youngster encounter?  What if they’re delivering some sort of live food to an alien, and the food escapes?

What about you?  What settings would you like to see?

And check out other bloggers’ top tens.




  1. Tugboat pilots could be interesting.

    My ‘settings’ is more a specific interest in seeing accurate representations of people with disabilities and/or terminal illnesses in literature.

  2. I have a spacecraft “chop shop” owner in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi romance series. Think automobile chop shop, but with spaceships.

    Your post provides food for thought, to create some nontraditional SF characters. But the reason military officers are so prevalent is because they SELL.

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