We’ve never topped the talent of the 1930’s for imagining what the future might be like.
There are plenty of reasons for that. The cynics among us will chime in that we just don’t believe in the future any more, or at any rate, in one we can look forward to. The jaded among us may say that we’ve now been there, done that. But the way I see it, we simply don’t need the future as badly today as we did then.
During the Depression people had nothing but the future. The present wasn’t working. And the sorts of ideas they came up with for building that future are by turns inspiring, hilarious, and horrifying.
These were the days in which the Future was the most important thing in the world – so is it any wonder that we excelled at imagining it back then?
Art Deco and the Streamline style appeared everywhere. Our cars, planes, skyscrapers, juicers and washing machines were all ready to take flight. Take this streamlined sensibility and give it twelve cups of coffee: that’s the 1930s vision of the future.
It was propelled by need and heightened by style. It had such a distinct character that it’s instantly recognizable even now – and it was accelerated by a feedback loop, since current styles molded futurism, which in turn affected styles, and all together led to one amazing World of Tomorrow that seemed so real that it just had to be inevitable.
From the wind farms of Window Rock to the observatories of Phobos, Retropolis attracts visitors from far and wide - and no wonder!
With its high spires, its sleek and timely monorails, and its spacious parks and museums, our future is a popular destination for millions of visitors each year.
They find a City of Tomorrow whose quick and effortless public transportation can take them anywhere they choose to go - or they can lease a private flying car at attractive rates in order to make their own excursions into the countryside.
Visit the automated Moto-Man factories! Meet the thinkers, movers, and shakers of the Future That Never Was! Enjoy a quiet meal on a balcony half a mile above the streets, or indulge in the fashionable nightclubs of the hovering towers!
But if business is on your mind, consider our well-appointed conference centers. We've hosted the annual conventions of the Board of Technological Sociopaths for decades, now - in fact, there are still some smoking craters left over from their last get-together.
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