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New Elysium concept art shows off Matt Damon's perfect space station

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Here it is — the first beautiful glimpse of the space utopia from Neill Blomkamp's next movie, Elysium. Over at the Elysium Comic-Con booth, a plastic space real estate agent is selling off plots of land in the future space station of the same name. A Sunrise Terrace on Elysium starts in the "low" $250,000,000s. Behind a creepy Johnny Cab-like creation is a collection of beautiful pictures, showing off the circular station. Take a look at the floating haven for the future super-rich in Blomkamp's new movie below.

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For those of you unaware, here's a short run-down of the movie:

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy lives on a man-made space station while the rest of population reside on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

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Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station
Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station
Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station
Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station
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Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station
Illustration for article titled New emElysium/em concept art shows off Matt Damons perfect space station

The booth also directs folks to www.itsbetteruphere.com, which leads to this old Armadyne ad, showing off mad scientists running wacky experiments inside sterile labs. More to come when we see the panel this Friday!

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This is pretty much what all the space habitats looked like when I was "coming up" reading science fiction. Isn't that completely unremarkable yet? Or did the genre lose touch with the "standard" wheel space station and think it was (re-)introduced relatively recently, as opposed to "how it's done"?

I don't think anyone was going RINGworld! Brilliant idea! Unconceived of in history! Rather—that makes a certain amount of theoretical sense, like with planes having wings sometimes.