Prefab Homes Take Us Back to Yesterday's Suburban Future

There's something inherently retrofuturistic about prefab houses, the kind that arrive ready-made, or only require some assembly. But their clean lines and beautiful curves look more striking and beautiful than a lot of buildings of today. Here are the most lovely prefab homes that were ever not built. » 4/14/14 3:10pm Monday 3:10pm

One of the world's first true robots has sold for $27,660 at auction

Its name is Cygan — and it certainly doesn't look like much. But this robot from the 1950s was state-of-the art back in its day. It has now been sold to a U.K. buyer for much more than anticipated. » 9/12/13 6:20am 9/12/13 6:20am

A Treasury of Flying Cars, from the Golden Age of Aviation

Every time you get in a traffic jam, you dream of pulling a lever, adding wings to your car, and soaring over the rest of the poor drivers. And then you wonder: Where's my flying car? The truth is, flying cars have existed for decades. You just wouldn't want most of these. » 6/03/13 3:19pm 6/03/13 3:19pm

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 tomorrow … » 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

How do you end racism? Transform black people into white people!

Science fiction pioneer and futurist Hugo Gernsback was a man who dared to dream big. And making big predictions meant that he was going to whiff huge every now and again. » 10/04/12 8:40am 10/04/12 8:40am

The internet, according to Playboy magazine, in 1996

Back in the mid-1990s, everyone was exceedingly jazzed about the internet. In fact, people were so darn excited that it was impossible to leave the house without being smacked upside the head by such jargon as "electronic mail," "mouse," or "CD-ROM drive!" And nobody was more enamored of the promise of the cyber-frontier… » 10/01/12 8:45am 10/01/12 8:45am

The ultimate invention for telling your coworkers to screw themselves

Science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback wasn't simply the founder of Amazing Stories, the first scifi periodical — he was also a prolific inventor and futurist who regaled past generations with zany visions of Dalek-like killing machines and computer-mandated marriage examinations. » 8/28/12 9:25am 8/28/12 9:25am

An Enchantingly Daft Video About the "Space Age" Hairstyles of 1962

There's an amazing innocence to the gee-whiz futurism in this 1962 video about space-age hair fashions, from Pathé. The women in the small town of Wokingham — far from London, with its crazy ideas — go to hair salon where the stylists where big capes or silver lame pajamas. The Sputnik-inspired hairdos involve setting… » 8/17/12 2:20pm 8/17/12 2:20pm

Visions of the year 2000 by 20th century French artist are half…

France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) is a gorgeous series of fanciful, retro-futuristic illustrations, created by commercial artist Jean-Marc Côté between 1899 and 1910. According to The Public Domain, the artwork was originally printed in the form of paper cards, which were subsequently enclosed in cigarette boxes.… » 8/16/12 4:30pm 8/16/12 4:30pm