UC Riverside Earns Unique Honor

UC Riverside ranks as a top spot for fans of science and fiction

The University of California, Riverside is proudly claiming bragging rights as the second-best destination for geeks. The unusual distinction was made by Wired magazine, and UCR is pleased to have the honor.

Of the 12 so-called "geeky" destinations worldwide, UCR is second on the list. Specifically, UCR's Eaton College of Science Fiction is the big draw, according to Wired.

"The world’s largest nonprivate athenaeum of science fiction, fantasy, and horror includes an original copy of Thomas Moore’s Utopia, more than 500 editions of Philip K. Dick’s writings, Ray Bradbury’s personal letters, and 125,000 superhero comics. Pow!" wrote Wired editors.

Other popular spots include the Paris Sewer Museum, the site of the first atomic bomb test near Alamagordo, N.M., the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzen, China, and locations in New Zealand where the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed.

"Geeks" will be able to read all about it in the magazine's October issue.

Just above UCR, ranking first, is the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, which features creations by customers of the design software firm, and a 62,500-piece dinosaur built by Lego.

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