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10 Times the Jetsons Got it Right – Part 2

Talking alarms Back when The Jetsons was initially aired the best way to wake up on time for your next miserable shift on the job would be to use an alarm clock fit with a rather enthusiastic bell that was as upsetting as getting out of bed. In this atomised future the Jetsons had alarms… Read More

10 Times the Jetsons Got it Right – Part 1

Back in 1962 the animation production company Hanna-Barbera released their futuristic cartoon sitcom titled The Jetsons. It played as something of a counterpart to their Stone Age sitcom The Flintstones and played out as a satire on what at the time was modern life. In the process of doing this it turned out their jokes… Read More

Fallout 76

One of the most persistent tropes in retrofuturism is that of an alternate past that has set the world on a completely different path, creating an entirely different existence as we know it. Perhaps one of the best recent examples of this is Bethesda’s Fallout video game series. Here they pose the question, what would… Read More

Steampunk Comics You Must Read – Part 2

Gotham by Gaslight One of the most famous characters to ever come out of comics is undoubtedly the Batman. In 1989 a story was printed reimagining the character in Victorian London 100 years earlier. After a crazed loon kills his wife and attempts to commit suicide using a strange poison, leaving him with a permanent… Read More

Steampunk Comics You Must Read – Part 1

Lady Mechanika Perfect for any Steampunk fan that’s looking for a bit of mystery in their story, Lady Mechanika is an ongoing series created by Joe Benitez (Cyberforce, The Darkness) which debuted in 2010. The story follows the only survivor of a series of murders by a mad killer, after the attack she wakes up… Read More

The Sun Gun

There are all sorts of bizarre tales about the Nazi’s plans to win the Second World War. From working with the occult of outlandish contraptions that belong in science fiction the rumours are endless. What’s even stranger is that many of these strange yarns are actually true; all sorts of weird plans were proposed and… Read More

The Genres of Retrofuturism

Retrofuturism simply put is the portrayal of the future using ideas from a certain era of the past. It comes in all shapes and sizes, if I were to list ever subcategory in the area and subtle differences between them we could be here for days on end. There are however a few of them… Read More

The First Discoveryland of Disneyland Paris – Part 2

Once the rollercoaster began, passengers got to see a vibrant and entirely retrofuturistic depiction of space. First the trains fly through a field of asteroids, narrowly avoiding a collision with the ‘Bluemoon Mining Machine’, a steam powered space machine built to extract minerals from asteroids by the Gun Club, as seen referenced earlier in the… Read More

The First Discoveryland of Disneyland Paris – Part 1

Anyone that’s been lucky enough to visit one of the Disney ‘Magic Kingdom’ styled theme parks will likely know that Tomorrowland is one of the many themed sections featured there. Walt Disney himself was a renowned futurist; he even created a TV show all about the world of tomorrow. It wasn’t however until he began… Read More

Retro-futurism in Video Games – Part 2

The first two Bioshock games, though similar, move us forward in time from the setting of Bioshock Infinite toward a Dieselpunk approach. Dieselpunk is again quite similar to Steampunk but instead, as the name suggests, it relies more on diesel powered technology moving forward. This tends to be set around the same era as World… Read More

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