My 70s Sci-Fi Art tumblr, on which I post sci-fi art from the 70s, passed 5,000 followers last week! I’ve written about it before, back when I was proud that it had 300 followers, so now I’m chuckling lightly to myself about my past naivete. Which happens a lot. There may be a lesson here, and I’m sure I’ll chuckle lightly about it in the future.
At any rate, it’s picking up speed: today I added 120 new followers, which is a record for a 24-hour period. I’ve been posting a bit more, since I’m on winter break, but it proves that new people are still finding out about it every day. Take a look around the place. See what you think.
Apparently, 25 solar-powered vehicles are currently competing in a 3000 km race cutting straight across the entirety of the Australian outback, all the while trying to look their best like they’re blasting straight out of a 50s-era retro-conception of the future. Seriously, look at how awesome and weird these things look:
The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge, “Tokai Challenger,” from the Japan Tokai University Solar Car Team. (Via Wikipedia)
Nuna 3, from the 5-time winners, the Dutch Nuna team. Via Wikipedia
Something British, I guess. Via themotorreport.com
Nuna 3 again, via Pointwise.com
The University of Michigan’s entry, for 2009, I believe. Along with some guy named John.
Stanford’s solar car, via cleantechnica.com
Here’s a video about the 2013 race:
And just when you think the World Solar Challenge can’t get more mad-science-fictional:
“The University of Johannesburg has entered a vehicle that,apart from using petrol and battery power, also makes water as it burns hydrogen.” -from the 2009 race. Source.
Jack Kirby’s series extending the universe of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which ran ten issues from Dec. 1976 to Sep. 1977, may be underwhelming, but it did have a few cool time-jump scenes. Here are the best parts from that series:
Splash pages are the double-page spreads that comic books throw into each issue, just for a little extra wow factor. As a fan of the old-school, 60s-through-80s comic book art, I figured I’d share this awesome flickr photoset that I recently found: a collection of splash pages by the comic great, Jack “King” Kirby.
“One of the most odd objects we’ve ever seen these items are sometimes confused with spy gadgetry, but the truth is stranger. Jailers’ keys were apparently filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door. We found several original versions that back up this claim, dating from the 17th century and of various complexity.” ~Oobject
Historical innovation: A demonstration of a periscope Springfield rifle.