Authors pick this world's most sci-fi cities
How is it possible that when Ursula K. LeGuin, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and other writers were asked what real-life city -- on this world -- would be their choice for top science fiction or fantasy city, nobody said Los Angeles? Shouldn't our hodgepodge of cultures and languages, our massive size, funneling freeways, desert/mountain/seascape, sprawling ports and battle for clean air count for something? Did "Blade Runner" not make an impression?
Ah, not enough of one. Maybe they just haven't had time to visit.
Novelist Elizabeth Hand has a marvelous answer: She picks Reykjavík, Iceland.
The question was asked by the folks behind Shared Worlds, a two-week summer program in science fiction and fantasy for teens held at Wofford College in South Carolina.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Reykjavík from the air. Credit: will_hybrid via Flickr