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A Jules Verne Universe(sorry about some overlap with the previous one, but can't have Verne sans "Journey to the Center of the Earth"):A Jules Verne Universe in Settings
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JULES VERNE UNIVERSE
It's a steam-punk world, of course.
In the Jules Verne universe, arts is ornate and baroque, and the neo-futurist style nowadays clashes with the techno-Egyptian in architecture, and "function determines form" is hardly heard of: pillars, balconies, statues atop spires are normal parts of skyscrapers. Peristyles, monoliths, domes and geometric colossi: lots of shiny brass, colorful synthetic stone. Not that this is all very visible: this is a vigorously capitalist society, and enormous advertising placards and posters glued to building walls by boys riding one-man blimps deface the buildings, which are also usually a bit dingy from pollution. Slidewalks carry the gaily dressed throngs along streets glittering with electrical lighting, and the tubes of pneumatic transport services criss-cross overhead.
Technology is advanced, but alien to that of our uni
Arthur C Clarke's FutureAn Arthur C. Clarke world:Arthur C Clarke's Future in Settings
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Using nuclear-propulsion spaceships, people have been busily exploring the solar system since the early 70s.
People have been on Mars since the mid-80's, and there are now bases on the Moon and Mars, and a teeny one on rather inhospitable Venus. Mars is dry and dusty and cold, and has air too thin to suit humans, although there is some tough vegetation and some extremely specialized animals, along with some odd wind-drifting half-plant, half-animal things that multiply rapidly in warm weather and vanish entirely during the cold. Due to the logistics, the bases are still quite small, and between Martian geology, biology, and climatology, severely overworked. Venus is a boiling steam-bath with weird metal-eating micro-organisms floating in the dense atmosphere, and all sorts of vast and weird critters float in the atmosphere of Jupiter: Europa, Jupiter's moon, also has life in the seas beneath its icy crust, clustered around the warmth and energy-rich minerals