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SR Picks: Four Fun Charts For Geeks

68 Must See Sci-Fi Sites in the United States

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Ah, the road trip. For millions of Americans, the road trip is a chance to get out and explore all of the amazing things this wonderful country of ours has to offer. Of course, no road trip would be complete without sightseeing, which is why the good folks at Sci Fi Wire put together this downloadable map of the country's 68 best Sci-Fi attractions. I can't say I've hit too many of these spots myself, except for Chicago, which isn't exactly special since I live there), but they sound like plenty of fun. If I had my druthers (and boy do I like saying druthers), I'd visit the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. Any of you faithful Screen Rant readers have any insights into these destinations?

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Movie and Television Timeline

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Time travel has always been a popular plot device in science-fiction, and it's no wonder why. Time travel allows characters to go anywhere and do practically anything. Of course, the practical ramifications of time travel are rarely discussed in sci-fi movies. For instance, with all of these movie characters flying through time, wouldn't they have run into each other at some point? This question has been answered beautifully by David McCandless, Dominic Busby, and Alice Cho of informationisbeautiful.net.

Coming our way again via io9, the above chart tracks dozens of popular movies and television shows that feature time travel (everything from Austin Powers to Terminator) and where in time they intersect. The chart also displays the method of time travel used by the time travelers (alien technology, time machine, etc.).

While definitely an awesome looking graphic, I did notice a couple of inconsistencies right off the bat. For one, how come there's a line for Back to the Future 1 & 2 that shows they traveled by time machine and another line for Back to the Future 2 & 3 that shows they used an unknown method of time travel? Wasn't Doc Brown's famous DeLorean the time travel device in all three films? Let me know if you find any other errors or inconsistencies.

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So, what do you think of all of these charts? Which one is your favorite?

Sources: GeekTyrant, Orbit Books (via io9), Sci Fi Wire, informationisbeautiful.net (via io9)

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