Welcome to Utopiary, a blog about imaginary worlds—the ideal (utopia), the opposite of ideal (dystopia), and the playful and speculative worlds of all types that people the world over and from time immemorial have created in many different media: written narrative, drama, ceremony, games, film, simulations, anything the human imagination can envision. I enjoy thinking of these fictions as pruned and shaped to their purposes like so many fanciful topiaries, those amazing hedges and shrubberies clipped into the forms of animals or geometric shapes. Why? Because human beings like to play and live to speculate. Fictions make us who we are.