Gardena is a small city located approximately 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, California. Harry Turtledove spent much of his youth living in Gardena.
Gardena was home to Michelle Gordian, the time traveling science fiction author that captivated Pete Lundquist.
Chester Martin worked in Gardena as a construction worker and later union organizer.
Gardena was home of Barefoot Sounds, the old music store where Tom Crowell gave up his 1980s job in order to stay with his old girlfriend, Donna, permanently in the 1960s.
In the early 1960s, Gardena was the hometown of the Yeager family, exiled Shiplord Straha, and Straha's bodyguard Gordon.