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Not 'Elysium,' But Better 'Ringworld' Space Settlements Could Be Our Future

 That's the bone I have to pick with "Elysium" writer-director Neill Blomkamp.

There's not much about "Elysium" I don't love. It's an important, fun, gutsy film (see my "Elysium" movie review on But to this longtime space enthusiast (read: "geek"), Blomkamp’s appropriation of a ring-world as an icon of evil feels, well, inappropriate. Turning a spin-stabilized, gravity-simulating space settlement into a supercilious, off-Earth Beverly Hills is a gross perversion of a great idea. (See, I told you: "geek.")

But maybe that's exactly Blomkamp's point. [See photos from the dystopian sci-fi film "Elysium"]

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