This short essay accompanies a gallery of six representations of possible California futures chosen by Annalee Newitz, editor of Gizmodo. The gallery includes a dystopian hellhole of scarcity and labor exploitation, a sustainable civilization of green urban designs, an Aztec-influenced cyborg, anarchist collectives, cities gone mad with class division, and a map of San Francisco’s new archipelago, created by the inevitable rising waters of a warmer world.

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