Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Space Colony Pirates (1981)


This scene of a picnic gone horribly wrong can be found in the book Future War and Weapons (World of Tomorrow) by Neil Ardley. The author talks about "the ultimate weapon," the death ray of science fiction which has become a reality. I suspect that this image had an effect on the children of 1981 similar to that of the Robot Rebellion we looked at earlier in the week.

See also:
Robot Rebellion (1982)
Sport in Space Colonies (1977)

8 comments:

Sir Jorge said...

I love this blog! More great stuff.

artbot said...

Another gem!

What exactly are the feed-bags for? If they punch a hole in the station, are those suppose to protect them?

And is that dead woman on the ground pregnant? How gruesome!

Nice to see the giant spaceships, the apparently very large space colony, and the mega-ginormous telephone handsets of the future.

Verbatim said...

And so began the career of Space Punisher...

Blackthornhiei said...

Silly space invaders and their dish-martian ray guns... everyone knows the best way to kill off colonists and leave the colony intact is to gas it.

Errr... sorry... I've watched to much Gundam...

I just love this blog. Past visions of the future are great.

John K said...

I remember reading this series of 'the future is just around the corner' books one after another. It was just the thing to get a sixth graders mind working over time. Thanks for reminding me how much fun these books were.

Anonymous said...

No, gas really is a better option, because you can tailor it to do maximum damage to humans with minimal cleanup.

Of course, then you have to deal with that pesky Feddie garrison in pressure suits...

thriceberg said...

god, that book looks so depressing.

Anonymous said...

If everyone is out to conquer and slaughter in this future world, how did anyone ever get to finish building such an impressive vessel?

This is why I so prefer the Disney versions of the future.