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Is Michigan really the most science-fictional state?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

The maker of this handy map assigned a movie to each of the 50 states in the Union. Some make perfect sense—what but Hoosiers could represent Indiana?—but only one state got a sci-fi flick. Is that the right call?

I mean, sure, Robocop's New Detroit is, naturally, in Michigan, and Robocop is a stunning, stand-out flick. But is that the best Reddit user Subtonix could do? Is there no other state that deserves some sci-fi love? (And The Wizard of Oz, which took Kansas, is more fantasy than sci-fi, just as Tennessee's Evil Dead is horror.)

What about California? Sure, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is great and all, but both Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day were set in California—and they've some something of a larger cultural reach than Fast Times. (Heck, the star of that series is the governor of the frakkin' state.) Couldn't Independence Day—which spent lots of time in Area 51—have been a better representative for New Mexico than The Tao of Steve? Okay, Brokeback Mountain was pretty grand, but Close Encounters of the Third Kind put the state—and Devil's Tower—on the pop-cultural map.

And while I find it hard to argue with Taxi Driver taking New York, I just hope there was some long deliberation over Martin Scorsese's classic versus Escape From New York.

(via PopWatch)

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