What is significant of real science fiction? How to tell if it is the real deal? Underground cities of course! Underground cities are just as much trademarks of sci fi as humanoids, ray guns and spacecrafts are. Those places have that special aura of surviving the catastrophe by superior technology and futuristic hard core industrialism, that we all could use a little more of in our daily lives.
Here is five of them you must visit:
The City of Women
The City of women in the Polish, political, satirical and impressingly well made “sexmission” from 1984 – This movie can actually be found on Youtube in full length:
Zion from Matrix
Zion is built four kilometers below the Earth’s surface and inhabits about 250.000 people.The city has a huge defense system known as “The Zion Defense Grid” and a great club scene!
THX 1138 (1971)
THX 1138 by George Lucas takes places in an unnamed underground city of the future, where sexual intercourse is outlawed and use of mind-altering drugs is mandatory. Narcotics are critical both in maintaining compliance among the city’s residents and also for ensuring their ability to conduct dangerous and demanding tasks for long periods of time. We follow the love and escape of two of the cities citizens.
The City of Ember
For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. The story follows two children, Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) living in this city.
Unfortunately Ember’s once powerful generator is failing … and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker- The two children decide then to search for clues that will unlock ancient mysteries about the city and save the people of Ember before it’s too late.
The Underground City – Jules Verne
Jules Verne might have been the father of the modern underground city. Go through his works and you´ll find a common theme about going deep down. For instance we have “Voyage au centre de la terre” from 1864 and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” from 1872. In his his novel The Underground City he investigates the possibility of living underground. Read it online here: Link
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