this picture set me thinking how SF written in the 1940s and 1950s, when the 21st century looked more than a lifetime away, starts to look a bit dated + it's already eaten up the first parts of "future histories" written by the likes of Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Larry Niven
just recently i finished re-reading Heinlein's "The day after tomorrow" (also known as "The sixth column"), and whereas science has advanced to the point where transubstantiation is the latest cutting edge of science, you still need a whole army of staff to feed punch cards into the computer
or "The moon is a harsh mistress" by the same author has a self-aware computer who does all sorts of advanced shit, but still is the size of an office block, and as for phones, they're still the same sort of attached speaker phones of old
oh, and what happened to 1984 ?
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