Not too long ago, while waiting to pick up my coffee, I overheard a conversation a Starbucks barista was having with a customer about movies. The customer was enthusiastically into pretty much all kinds of movies, but particularly post-apocalyptic films.

The barista perked up at mention of this genre, saying, “Yeah, I appreciate those kinds of films because they’re really about the human condition.”

“Yeah, totally. Like, how would you survive a zombie attack?”

Judging by the look on the barista’s face, I’d say it’s a safe bet to guess that’s not what he meant. I’d put my money on something in the ballpark of this or that.

Genres like sci-fi can use devices like Cylons to explore deeper questions about what it means to be human.  That, and the awesome outer space pew-pew-pew fights.

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There’s something so creepy about abandoned amusement parks:

[I’m not 100% sure who to credit for the photo below: I found it via a search for “abandoned roller coasters”]

… and industrial ruins:

[h/t: Gizmodo — the photographer who captured this amazing shot is Thomas Jorion]

Is it knowing that even our greatest monuments are subject to decay? That what we build will one day fall?

Or maybe because they’re, like, totally places where zombies would hide out?

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If I were to summarize Elysium in one sentence, it would be: In the future, when you die, it will most likely be by exploding.