8. Los Angeles
First Appeared: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Founding Father: Philip K. Dick, Hampton Fancher, David Peoples, and Ridley Scott
Notable Residents: Rick Deckard, Gaff, Rachael, Dr. Eldon Tyrell
Some pieces of art begin with a real place and re-imagine that place so thoroughly that it exists completely outside the scope of the actual location which was its impetus. The Los Angeles in Blade Runner is the best example of this. Even people who have never seen Blade Runner have, in some way or another, seen the Los Angeles of 2019 as imagined in 1982. The huge moving advertisement of the geisha, the spinner cop cars, the pyramid-looking Tyrell Corporation HQ—these images are as much apart of the popular imagination as the Emerald City. Any slick science fiction film that came in its wake owes everything to the film's striking neo-noir imagery. Hell, it extends beyond film, too. Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein wouldn't exist without Blade Runner. We could continue, but it's just come on the television, and we're watching things you wouldn't believe...