Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ten of the best bars in science fiction

At io9 Esther Inglis-Arkell tagged ten of the best bars in science fiction. Many of the bars are from movies and television; one bar from a novel:
The Domain of the King Bar and Grille from Mostly Harmless

Okay, any list that mentions bars and science fiction has to be Hitchhiker heavy. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books have a major background element of finding bars and hanging out in them. In addition to the bar mentioned above, there's also the bar at the Hitchhiker's Guide offices, Stavro-Mueller Beta on Earth, and the Old Pink Dog Bar on a kind of anarchist world, and that's just in one book of the series. (We'll get to the main bar of the series later.) The Domain of the King bar doesn't stand out. It is just an ordinary bar and grill, accessible by a ride on the backs of dimension-hopping buffalos (yes, that's the way things go in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe) that serves decent food and features one live act. Elvis. Now that's worth a visit, isn't it?
Read about another literary bar on the list.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy appears on Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future, Don Calame's top ten list of funny teen boy books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best instances of invisibility in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue