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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"):
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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