The Western Lines

February 9, 2008

The Usborne Book of the Future

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,The Usborne Book of the Future — ralphbuttigieg @ 11:33 am
One book that I fondly remember from my youth is ‘The Usborne Book of the Future’, first published in 1979 by Usborne Books, and written by Kenneth Gatland and David Jefferis. The book is a very illustrative and colourful trip in time to the year 2000 and beyond. Portrayed in its pages is the exciting and wonderful world of robots, cities of the future, space colonies and interstellar travel. This is the future as seen from the stand point of almost thirty years ago, a future that many of us still dream of today and remains yet to be realized.

My most favorite illustrations in the book are the ones depicting Space Arks and Asteroid Colonies as envisioned by Dandridge Cole back in the early 1960s. I posted an article concerning Dan Cole last August entitled ‘Islands in Space: The Challenge of the Planetoids, the Pioneering Work of Dandridge M. Cole’. Compare these illustrations to those created by Roy Scarfo who worked closely with Cole in the 1960s.

Be sure also to read Roy’s guest article that he so graciously submitted last August concerning his memories of his friend Dan Cole.



  1. Does your interior decoration look futuristic? Or are the walls that you see every day just run-of-the-mill?

    Comment by Anonymous — February 10, 2008 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  2. I agree with anonymous. Since Post-Modernism came into play in the mid 80’s we just get everything old recycled again and called new, but apparently no one wants to create things that actually look futuristic in a serious fashion. Too much tacky and bad taste in the buildings and interiors is considered hip.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 11, 2008 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  3. Wow. I remember that book too. It all comes back to me. I remember there was a nightmarish future as well where everyone had to wear gas masks and drive deloreans.

    Comment by Barbarossa — November 22, 2008 @ 6:07 am | Reply

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