Utopias and Dystopias in Fantasy

This is a theme I am working with as a future book idea. An alien race descends from the heavens to rescue mankind from their self-destruction. In making and keeping the peace, in creating and maintaining their utopia, the aliens inevitably become oppressors. It isn’t enough for people to live healthy productive lives, there is a drive in man towards freedom and creativity. The latter is the cost of peace in this story. I’m looking forward to working on this one once my current book is fully revised, and the manuscript is in the mail to potential publishers.

Fantasy World Forge

When creating fantasy cultures it can be very easy to create one’s ideal culture, or even the antithesis of one’s cultural ideals. It’s easy to imagine that our ideal culture would be perfect, especially when one’s utopian (or dystopian) vision is intended to critique aspects of one’s own culture. But I would like to challenge you to go further than this and create something that while embodying your ideals still has its own problems. Lets face it, utopias (and even genuine dystopias) don’t exist, never have existed, and probably never will exist.

Fantasy utopias may exist for a number of reasons and it is important to consider why they have reached a utopian state. Perhaps they have mastered magic or technology to such a point that it frees the culture from manual labourer and ensures everyone’s material needs are met; or perhaps the culture’s foundations were laid down by a…

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