This article contemplates the way Northern and Southern California have been used in science fiction films since the 1970s. Continuing a trend the author traces to the 1940s novels Earth Abides and Ape and Essence, Northern California represents possible utopian futures while Southern California represents dystopia. The article includes a photo essay featuring science fiction film stills held up against their filming locations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Postcards from the future: Utopian north, dystopian south
Kristin Miller is a Ph.D. student studying urban sociology at UC Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in film and digital media. She is part of the Critical Sustainabilities research group, and has worked as a travel journalist and blogger on cities, technology, and the environment.
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Kristin Miller; Postcards from the future: Utopian north, dystopian south. Boom 1 December 2013; 3 (4): 12–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.12
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