That second image would make a great hero in an animated kids movie.
That was a really fun, thought provoking, and surprisingly well-articulated read. I’m probably just being old-fashioned, but I wonder if this kind of curated experience is getting lost in the internet age. A book like that you can sit and look through for hours. Some of my best childhood memories are of spending hours looking through liberally illustrated over-sized non-fiction and speculative non-fiction books like this one.
Edit: This hit close to home (hopefully it’s okay to repost from the book):
David! Awesome, thank you!
When I was a kid, (millions of years ago) the local public library had this book and I would take it out constantly. I had almost completely forgotten about it and it’s retro-images of the future.
“Exploring a heavy-gravity world in powered exo-skeleton, until the crotch of the suit saws you in half.”
My first thought as well. Honest question: wouldn’t the strong gravity be pulling all of your blood (and inner organs?!) down? I would think that the effect of being on a strong gravity world would be similar to pulling g’s in a plane, you’re going to pass out. Your fancy exo-skeleton isn’t going to help with any of that.
+1 here. The Usbourne books in particular were phenomenal for my nascent imagination as a little tacker.
That’s what the g-suit is for. I can quite imagine it being adjusted for permanent g-force countering by having a peristaltic-like activity to assist blood flow.
“To the year 2000 and beyond”. The far future was closer than we thought.
Wo what date represents the same distant time when viewed from 2015? I think it’s time to start preparing for “The 22nd Century”.
What were the ones with big cutaway drawings of the construction of a castle or a ziggurat or what have you? I could probably still look at those for hours.
Yeppers, stuff like that. And they had a series on UFOs and Mythological Creatures … loved it!
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