6 places that remind us LA is the ‘Capital of Science Fiction’

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The claim that LA is the “capital of science fiction” is the topic of the first talk of this weekend’s Science Fiction L.A.: Worlds and World Building in the City of Angels, a two-day conference sponsored by USC. (For more discussion on that claim and its merits, click over to KCET.) Science Fiction L.A. will include a screening of the film Her in Hollywood tonight and a day of panels and discussionsWitness and Celebrate: Ray Bradbury’s Los Angeles andPhilip K. Dick in Southern California, to name a couple—at USC on Saturday.

Whether Los Angeles is the capital of sci-fi or just one of the humble villages on the road to it, we can say with confidence thatLA is firmly linked to the genre through movies and literature. For a few tangible examples, look no farther than its buildings.

Curbed spoke to one of the conference’s organizers, former Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin, and to Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, who will be introducing the film Her at the screening tonight, for their picks on architecture that reminds us of LA’s sci-fi connections.

Ulin and Hawthorne’s picks include some structures that are likely in most people’s top 10 for spacey buildings (the Westin Bonaventure) and some that should be (Donald J. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant).

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