The 1st Annual Genre Traveler Photo Contest has begun and I’ve gotten some questions as to what kinds of photos would make good submissions. What destinations am I looking for?
Well, as stated in the contest rules, pretty much anyplace that a science fiction, fantasy or horror fan would find in interesting place to visit, be it a themepark attraction, film, novel or short story location, or just a place that has that certain “genre feel” to it.
But, to help jumpstart your imaginations, I’ve come up with some lists of ideas for each type of destination. Over the next three days I’ll provide a list for each type of destination. Today, I’ll start with science fiction destinations. These are just ideas — not specific instructions. So take a look at them and come up with your own take on genre travel.
NOTE: These are not listed in any particular order, pretty much in the random order they entered my head.
10 Ideas for Science Fiction Destinations
- The Science Fiction Museum
- The UFO Museum in New Mexico
- The futuristic downtown area of Shanghai (see “Scene Around” from the first issue of The Genre Traveler)
- Redwood National Park — where scenes from E.T. were shot
- Dinosaurs — statues, fossil exhibits, etc.
- The Star Trek Experience/Quark’s Bar, Las Vegas Hilton
- LA’s Union Station, where scenes from Bladerunner were shot
- Giant statues of insects — even better, have them attacking someone!
- Futuristic architecture (see “Scene Around” from the July 2006 issue of The Genre Traveler)
- Westward Beach, between Zuma Beach and Point Dume, Malibu (where the final scene of the original Planet of the Apes movie was shot)
Tomorrow, I’ll cover “10 Ideas for Fantasy Destinations”