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1. The first stop on our voyage to imaginary literary places is "a stately pleasure-dome" located on "twice five miles of fertile ground" along with "gardens bright with sinuous rills" and "forests ancient as the hills." What is this place?
2. Let us go now to an island, whose original Greek references place "before the Pillars of Hercules," and describe as being "larger than Libya and Asia combined." After building an extremely advanced culture, it was eventually destroyed by earthquakes and floods and swallowed up by the sea. What is the name of this island, one of the most-visited in literature and most sought in the real world?
3. After surviving a plane crash in mountains in or near the Himalayas, World War I veteran Hugh Conway leads us next to a hidden valley and the location of a lamasery, or monastery of Tibetan lamas. Residents of this mystical valley enjoy extended lifetimes and a totally peaceful existence. What is the name of this valley?
4. Let us expand for a moment from individual valleys or islands to entire worlds. We are headed for places ranging from the crowded streets and alleys of Ankh-Morpork to lands like ▄berwald and Lancre, to the mountains of the Ramtop, and beyond the Sto Plains to the small city of Genua or the continent of Klatch. Where are we now?
5. Edgar Rice Burroughs has taken me to many fascinating places. Seven of his novels take us to a land of dinosaurs and strange races, like the Azarians, man-eating giants, and the Mahars, the master race here. First found by David Innes and Abner Perry, even Tarzan has visited this world within the earth's crust. Can you name it?
6. JRR Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" is the epic trilogy detailing how Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring destroy the One Ring and save Middle Earth. But before our hero and his Hobbit friends set out on their great adventure, where are they at home?
7. Back to our odyssey, we sail to an imaginary island. In which island kingdom, whose capital is Mildendo, does Lemuel Gulliver discover human inhabitants who are less than six inches tall?
8. Where must we go to visit the cities of King's Landing and Lannisport, as well as the castles of Harrenhal, Winterfell, and Casterly Rock?
9. Now let us travel to the far future to a planet which is the only source in the universe for the "spice" melange, a substance which not only extends the user's life, but also increases one's mental powers and enables the user to achieve safe and accurate space travel. What is the name of this desert planet, home of the great sandworms, and site of the "Dune" novels?
10. Now let us accompany Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver in search of a Dead Man's Chest. I bet we will find it where X marks the spot. On which island would that be?
11. I'm going to fudge a little and call our next destination a "semi-imaginary" place because it does exist in the real world. But we are going to go there on an imaginary plane along with a young rabbit named Fiver (who is a seer), his brother Hazel, and their companions Bigwig and Silver, among others, in search of a new home, due to the fact that Fiver has foreseen the total destruction of their former warren. What is the name of their destination?
12. Let's head again to another island, hidden from the rest of the world. We join other Dolphinbacks (humans brought to the island from shipwrecks) as they create a society shared with sentient dinosaurs. Humans and dinosaurs share every facet of life in a harmonious society free of money and social problems, all living peacefully under a common law code. What is the name of this island society?
13. Our next destination is a magical kingdom which features clock-trees, a terrifying creature called The Beast, and a mysterious, powerful figure called The Watcher, all ruled over by the God named Umber. Into this world comes Quentin Coldwater, a graduate of the magical school of Brakebills, along with a few fellow Brakebills alumni in search of an adventure. What is this place which serves as a literary anti-Narnia?
14. For an action adventure with a classical flavor, let us join half-bloods Percy Jackson and Clarisse as they attempt to wrest the Golden Fleece from Polyphemus. Into what body of water must they make a perilous journey?
15. You cannot do a tour of imaginary literary places without visiting Oz. Of the following, which is NOT one of the four peoples whose countries surround the Emerald City?
16. Although Terry Brooks is probably best known for Shannara, one of my favorite places to visit is another creation of his, a magic kingdom which was purchased by a lawyer named Ben Holliday. Which kingdom is this which features such interesting characters as the dragon Strabo, the witch Nightshade, and the Prism Cat Edgewood Dirk, as well as King Ben, his wife Willow, daughter of the River Master, and their willful daughter Mistaya?
17. As we continue our odyssey of magical worlds, we take an excursion cruise now and transfer to the Dawn Treader, a ship belonging to King Caspian X. Joining two young siblings and their cousin, along with a talking mouse named Reepicheep, through the waters of which magical world are we now sailing?
18. First appearing as a serial in "Strand Magazine," and then published in book form, all in 1912, which author's "The Lost World" introduces us to Professor Challenger and his discovery of a land of dinosaurs and ape-men, all located on a remote plateau in the middle of South America? Even Sherlock Holmes would need help finding this place.
19. Let's travel now to one of my favorite worlds, Katherine Kerr's Annwn. Which Celtic kingdom's neighbors include elves to the west, dwarves ("Mountain Folk") to the north, the Rhiddaer, also to the north and west, and the savage Horsekin beyond the Rhiddaer?
20. Our final location is a planet mentioned in several novels by the late Kurt Vonnegut. Cited in different forms in five different novels, the planet's inhabitants play their greatest role in "Slaughterhouse Five," wherein they transport Billy Pilgrim, survivor of the firebombing of Dresden, to a zoo on their home world, where he meets and falls in love with adult movie star Montana Wildhack. Can you name this world?
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