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

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Science Fiction / Oversized Coffee table pictorial. Set in far future, it tells a glossy simplified history of human civilization from the industrial age to several thousand years into the future.

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message 1: by David (last edited May 20, 2020 12:22PM) (new)

David (dlenos) | 4 comments Believe it had a short title (one or two words, or perhaps a date) and was subtitled "A Illustrated History of the Future" or something of similar tone. I read it in the early 80s and believe it had just been published.

Notable among the historicaL developments: eventually political parties will be replaced by philosophical parties - where one's perspective on the purpose of life, or epistemology or moral philosophy, determines your political alliances and prefered governing policies. Much of the book was full page gee-whiz illustrations of technological marvels and striking man-made vistas.


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Becca (beccalikesbooks) | 2059 comments 2010: Living in the Future?

If not, it might be on this list - Retrofuturism (Non Fiction)


message 3: by David (last edited May 20, 2020 12:21PM) (new)

David (dlenos) | 4 comments No and No, but thanks for the attempt.

While the 80's are now retro, Retrofuturism usually cuts off around the early 70s, because that's when we started the fetishization of the the retrofuture (for example, Logan's Run was not a 70s vision of the future, but mocking a strawman version of a 60's vision). By the 80s mocking past futures was already getting Hollywood cliche. Which is one reason I remember this unnamed book, for its sincerce (if somewhat light) attempt to take up a more reasoned futurism.

"2010" is not a coffee table book and is predicting its future. The unnamed book presented its past (our future), and was exactly what you would expect if you combined an infotainment history text with the 80's fad for glossy oversized photo books that you could randomly flip through while waiting for your brunch companion to open the Rosé.


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