Friday, August 25, 2006
In less than two weeks, the crown jewel of the Pacific Rim, Los Angeles, celebrates her 225th birthday. In my latest article for LA Alternative, Los Angeles c. 2231, I celebrate the City of Angels' past by taking a look at possibilities for her future as envisioned in three science fiction novels: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, and Virtual Light by William Gibson. Mix and match to create your very own dystopian nightmare.
Here's a snippet:
In a Southern California where climate change has made water a scarcer commodity than gasoline, and civil society has been replaced with a predator/prey/scavenger nightmare, carbon emissions and long commutes are the least of people’s concerns. Far from being congested, freeways have turned into efficient, albeit dangerous, means of getting around—by foot.
Image: What might Los Angeles look like on her 450th birthday? Is she destined to lose her small-town charms?