FIN DE SIÈCLE FANTASIES
Andrew Watt and Prem Poddar
MAY, 2016 | ISBN: 978-87-92633-36-1
Paperback | 6×9 | Color | Illustrated | 266 p
LIST PRICE: $27
“As art, as nostalgia, as historical documents and as explorations of the idea of the future (an idea which, as time goes on, becomes more and more important to deal with), these rare images deserve to be seen, so that we can understand how and why we have diverged from these ’futures’. In what ways, we ask, are we truly the reflections of the people at play in these colourful and attractive dreams?” – Andy Sawyer, Science Fiction Foundation, University of Liverpool.
“Looking back at how oddly our present was imagined a hundred years ago or more, the thought arises that we may be similarly in the dark about the futures that loom ahead. Should we worry about this, or try to enjoy it? Depending on which hands it falls into, and at which moments, this book, and the collection that it celebrates, will support both abject trepidation and playful openness to whatever may be over the horizon.” – Dominic Rainsford, Professor of Literatures in English, Aarhus University.
“An excellent book, “Invented Futures” is filled with pictures of what people about 100 years ago imagined the world would look like in the future (now). Some of it is hilarious and actually caricatures of the future. Some of it is spot on, like Skype, television, cinema, sound recording, cars, flying machines, and a lot of other things that were predicted back then. Things look different than they imagined, but they were on to something in their predictions. It is very funny to see what images people had on their minds back then compared to what the world actually looks like now.” – Jesper Deleuran, Cartoonist
Color interior of over 100 plates.
A short preview from the introduction and some images.
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