Blade Runner and Dystopic Los Angeles

In honor of Blade Runner 2049, I took a look at the first Blade Runner and the reasons why it very improbably came to stand as the iconic “L.A. nightmare.” The piece appeared in Atlantic CityLab, a site devoted to understanding urban planning and policy:

Ignatius Donnelly: Master of Disaster

Ignatius Donnelly was a 19th century American politician and writer whose work revolved around scenarios of disaster: The destruction of Atlantis, a near miss by a comet that changed the earth’s geology, a dystopian novel of future New York plunged into the chaos of class warfare. I summarized this facet of Donnelly’s life at The Public Domain Review as Ignatius Donnelly: Master of Disaster.