What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Children's Science Fiction future, mostly black and white illustrations, retro-future. Read in early 1980s.

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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) I read this book when I was a kid in the early 80's and it was a hard-backed book. I don't remember the cover but it might have been yellow or the book itself was yellow, I'm not sure. The book is considered to be a look at "the future" for kids as to what the future can bring. But it basically is like what we would consider retro-future as to how people from the 50s would consider the future to be, hence I'm not sure when the book was first published. There were a lot of big black and white illustrations I don't remember a storyline maybe there was one. I just remember it was all about the future. Any help on finding any information would be awesome.


message 2: by Becca (new)

Becca (beccalikesbooks) | 1965 comments There's a list of retrofuturistic non-fiction here - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...

And here's a list of books tagged 'retrofuturism' on LibraryThing - https://www.librarything.com/tag/retr...


message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) Becca wrote: "There's a list of retrofuturistic non-fiction here - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...

And here's a list of books tagged 'retrofuturism' on LibraryThing - https:..."


Thank you so much for letting me know about this. I didn't realize. I really appreciate your help. I hope it leads to me finding the book in some way. =^_^=


message 4: by Becca (new)

Becca (beccalikesbooks) | 1965 comments Jasmine wrote: "Becca wrote: "There's a list of retrofuturistic non-fiction here - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...

And here's a list of books tagged 'retrofuturism' on Library..."


You're welcome! If you find it, please do come back and let us know so we can file it as solved.


message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) I will. Sadly, nothing on either list is my book, but I'll keep a lookout on both lists and see if it ever pops up :)


message 6: by Ayshe (last edited Oct 18, 2019 06:34PM) (new)


message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) Ayshe wrote: "2010: Living in the Future maybe?"

I have actually read that book, but no that isn't the one I am on the hunt for from childhood. Thank you so much of thinking of me though!


message 8: by Ky (new)

Ky | 126 comments Long shot but could the book you read have been from the 1930s instead of the 1950s? If so, how about this? Janice in Tomorrow-Land by Emory Holloway . The cover's sort of yellowish. The book is episodic; each chapter covers a different aspect of the imagined future and each chapter has a black and white illustration.


message 9: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) That is so sweet of you to respond. Alas, no, this isn't the book. The one I saw as a child was much larger and thinner and space-ier?

Thanks so much though!


message 10: by Kris (last edited Jun 12, 2020 11:47AM) (new)

Kris | 32119 comments Mod
Jasmine, did it seem like a fictional adventure story or a scientist's description of a future world? Are there main characters?

Can you give examples of how life is different in the future?


message 11: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine St. John  (jascat) It was a children's book that was more a scientific look (but kid's version) look at the future. It was retro-future for sure. Hardback book and thin not a thick book and lots of pictures but I can't tell you much else. Sorry.


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