This 1965 Soviet Documentary About Lunar Colonization Is Astounding

The Space Age gave birth to some absolutely beautiful visions of space exploration and life in space — including a ton of lovely artwork from Soviet creators. And one of the most striking Soviet works of space-age futurism came in 1965, in a documentary called Luna or Moon. The whole beautiful thing is online, with… » 8/20/14 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

Back In 1937, People Worried That Science Fiction Was Going Downhill

Most of us have been seeing convention panels about the "Death of Science Fiction" for years now — it's become sort of a jolly cliche. Everybody laments the loss of some earlier, greater age for the genre. But back in 1937, British fans were pretty worried that SF was in permanent decline. » 7/31/14 8:00pm 7/31/14 8:00pm

These Steampunk Computers Transport Us To The Victorian Retro Future

In an alternate reality Charles Babbage's difference engine and Ada Lovelace's computer programming led us into a world filled with brass-keyed laptops with phonograph speaker systems. Several artists have brought that imagined reality to life, building working computers with a steampunk edge. » 7/10/14 3:15pm 7/10/14 3:15pm

The Future Of Transportation Used To Look So Much More Sensational

Nobody thinks about future methods of transportation or commuting and thinks "Wow, that's going to be incredible" any more. But for 100 years, from the Radium Age to the Space Age, people's imaginations were on fire. Commuter rockets! Super-fast trains! UFO buses. Check out the most beguiling illustrations below. » 5/06/14 3:15pm 5/06/14 3:15pm

The Lost 1949 Essay That Predicted The Computerized World We Live In

In 1949, the New York Times commissioned mathematician Norbert Wiener to write an essay about the future "ultimate machine age." He wrote a fascinating look ahead at a world where computers take over many of the tasks then performed by humans. And then the Times asked for a rewrite. And another. And the essay... never… » 5/23/13 10:48am 5/23/13 10:48am

This just in: life on Mars is going to be awesome

We're really digging this 30-second short by Lukas Vojir. The Czech designer wrote, directed, designed, modelled and animated his interstitial in the style of a retrofuturistic newsreel, and everything about it — from the color palette to the ebullient voiceover — is just spot on. The 3D modeling techniques add a… » 3/07/13 9:40am 3/07/13 9:40am

For the weekend: Isaac Asimov's Visions of the Future is available free…

Two years before his death, legendary science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov kicked off a TV pilot dedicated to exploring the faint and ever-shifting boundary separating science from science fiction. By highlighting advances in science and technology, Asimov sought to prepare viewers for the world of… » 1/18/13 6:30am 1/18/13 6:30am

Saturday Webcomic: Trekker is an ass-kicking bounty hunter from our…

New Gelaph is a city that has been abandoned by the future. Once the prospective home of a major spaceport, the city has lost its space industry and gotten instead streets filled with cultists, criminals, and corrupt cops. With no faith left in the system, Mercy St. Clair has become a Trekker, a licensed bounty hunter… » 1/12/13 8:30am 1/12/13 8:30am

Using your 11-foot-beard as a nest for cats is history's great unsung…

We've examined nineteenth century photographers' obsessions with cats before, but these portraits are a whole other brand of ridiculousness. Behold Monsieur Louis Coulon, born in 1827, the owner of a 3.3-meter-long beard, and the progenitor of the "Hirsute Kitten Cathedral Look." I wonder how his mighty mane smelled? » 10/25/12 12:25pm 10/25/12 12:25pm