Visions of the Future from the past
Where are the robots and silver jumpsuits?
By Yardena Arar | PC World | Published: 16:16, 21 July 10
From Jules Verne to Stanley Kubrick and beyond, writers and artists have imagined what the future would be like. Their visions range from the comically bizarre to the uncannily accurate to the wildly optimistic (where are those jet packs they promised us?!). Here's a quick collection of our favorite examples.
One of the first comic-book heroes to appear in a live-action film, Flash Gordon was played by a dyed-blond Buster Crabbe (who also did time as Buck Rogers, as a brunette) in a series of movies released between 1936 and 1940. Though the cockpit and costumes don't look terribly futuristic, audiences obviously though highly of them in the era before computer graphics. This and other still photos from the series are included in a coffee-table book, The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide, by Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich, and R.J. Vitone.