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12 sci-fi inspired albums

The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe (2010)

Sci-fi isn't just for books and movies. Check out these 12 albums. There's plenty of synth and dystopia to go around.

Monáe's debut LP continued the story of Cindi Mayweather, an android who falls in love with a human and faces disassembly. Mayweather goes on to become a hero in Monáe's ongoing allegory where androids represent marginalized "others" in society. Fritz Lang references abound.

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Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.

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