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  The Future is Not What it Used to Be by Bradley W. Schenck
The Future is Not What it Used to Be Dorm Poster Print
The Future is Not What it Used to Be Dorm Poster Print


 
The Future is Not What it Used to Be Dorm Poster Print
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Once upon a time in the future we all had our own flying cars, faithful robots, ray guns and jetpacks. What happened? Don't worry: there's still plenty of future to go around. The Future is Not What it Used to Be looks great on this high-quality poster, printed on heavyweight 7 mil semi-gloss paper using superior dye inks. 16 X 20 inch Poster
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Bradley W. Schenck

Print-on-demand gives me an opportunity to publish my own work - that is, not the work I'm hired to do, but the work that I think wants to exist. The stuff that, as a wise man once said, "blows my skirts up". I don't wear skirts. It's what you call a turn of phrase. 

Recently I've been exploring what I call "The Future That Never Was" - that is, it's all about the future that folks who read too much Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers thought they'd live to see; or maybe it's the future foreseen by the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. This seems to have started with my love for the music of the 20's and 30's, but grew into an interest in the Depression era, and from that, to the sort of better futures that people in that terrible time hoped to see. What touches me about those visions is the universality of them. People hoped not so much for personal prosperity, but rather for a world in which everyone would be better off. A world where breadlines and apple sellers would be replaced by hovercars and autogyros. At a time when 25% of America's population was unemployed it just wasn't enough for any one person to do better - the world needed to be remade.

Many of those bits of the future have been invented and achieved, but we do seem to have missed out on that aspect of universality. Not to mention the personal rocket ships, which, personally, I'm still a little peeved about. So anyway, there isn't any great social import to the work I do along those lines despite the fact that everyone tells me that I think just a little bit too much. I'm just crazy about the retro rockets, the faithful robots, the Cities of Tomorrow, and all the great and hopeful details of the Future That Never Was.




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