A Kickstarter Project You Should Support: Save the Scifi

One of the reasons I started this blog is to preserve visions of the future from yesteryear and also to support and highlight others with the same mission.

Singularity & Co. saves vintage books that are out of print and languishing into obscurity by tracking down the copyright holders, getting their blessing, and then digitally preserving fabulous vintage science fiction stories for future generations.

Right now Singularity & Co. have a successful Kickstarter campaign running with about two weeks lefts. This is their second campaign after their original campaign two years ago that allowed them to publish 36 ebooks and open a bookstore in Brooklyn.

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Their current campaign aims to raise money to rescue even more vintage scifi books. The campaign has already exceeded the original $15,000 goal, and for every $10K beyond that goal, they will archive an additional 10 books.

This is a great project with fantastic rewards at the $10 and $25 levels to receive some of these rescued scifi classics. If you enjoy vintage science fiction and love reading, consider supporting this awesome project.

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Feminine Hygiene for Lady Astronauts

I hate feminine hygiene ads. Modern ones are ridiculous and vintage ads are cringeworthy. But I discovered half of this ad on Pinterest today and I was so intrigued that something so epic was ever created and published in magazines that I had to find out more.

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This lady is fierce. She is an astronaut. She is a pioneer. She has fabulously styled hair. Ain’t no period gonna hold her back in her advancement in a male dominated field.

And then I found the other half of the ad.

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Her friend is less adventurous: a DJ heading to spin some discs at a retro-future themed rave.

I understand why the first image is the most shared of this vintage two-page advertisement, with the courages space-age styled astronaut and less repetitive use of the word “napkin”.

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1950’s Flying Car of the Future

More power to you!

This vintage advertisement from 1958 features a vision of your personal flying car, and if you’re still waiting for this one with bated breath, don’t worry they’re working on it!

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The advertisement, paid for by American’s Independent Electric Light and Power Companies, brags about how electricity will play a part in the higher standards of living thanks to the technology of the future.

One of their predictions is right on the money, since now children can “dial a library book, a lecture or a classroom demonstration right into your home–with sound.” (I don’t know that kids are much more interested in doing homework though.)

The rest of the predictions have not panned out: dishes washed without soap or water! Beds made at the touch of a button! And of course, the Jetson-style flying saucer car that plugs into any electric outlet for recharging.

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14 Vintage Scifi & Fantasy Covers Where Women Aren’t “Damseled”

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We already know I’m a huge retro-scifi fan, but one of the things that irks me the most about vintage magazine and book covers is how often the women on them are portrayed as “damsels in distress”. They’re often falling victim to evil robots, scary space monsters, or clothing that just won’t stay on their busty bodies.

Although those sexist images are the ones that most often come to mind when you think of pulp stories of yesteryear, there are some glorious vintage covers that feature ladies as more than a trope.

The Conquest of the Moon Pool

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From “Fantastic Novels” September 1948, we get this interesting cover illustration by Lawrence Sterne Stevens for the story “The Conquest of the Moon Pool” by Abraham Merritt. Who the blonde woman in the Marylin Monroe-style dress on the cover is I don’t know, but it’s evident she’s in charge with her laser-gun and her army of toad-like creatures from the center of the earth. [Source]
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A Bored Alien Travels to Earth in a 1958 German Musical

I found this gem of a retrofuturistic movie clip today from the 1958 German film Bühne frei für Marika (translated to Stage Free for Marika). The musical comedy stars German triple-threat Marika Rökk as a former dancer who has recently divorced her husband and is trying to re-start her career. The only plot summary I could find was in German, and even with Google Translate it was a little tricky to figure out how this video comes into play, though it seems she’s starring in a sci-fi themed musical.

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The clip is of a song called Mir ist so Langweilig (translated to: I’m so Bored). In it Marika is an alien girl living on a planet entirely populated by portly men with antenas on their heads. And they are boring. As she laments her uneventful existence, she notices through her telescope the awesome fun dance party people are having on Earth and takes off in a rocket to join in the fun.
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Women of the Future Will Clean with Tomorrow’s Lestoil

These vintage sci-fi themed advertisements from 1968 for a now defunct product-line called Tomorrow’s Lestoil display some slick atom-punk style space suits and some outdated projections about women’s roles on the Moon. (For modern times, we are stuck with just general Lestoil.)

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Unfortunately, women have yet to set foot on the Moon, and Lestoil’s hope to dominate the lunar home-cleaning market also did not come to fruition (in fact, the 12 men we’ve sent to the Moon have done no cleaning and have actually dirtied up the place).

While I love the design of the helmet, the practicality of it comes into question as it’s not air-tight and she’s not even wearing gloves. I wonder if this is another failed prediction on the part of Lestoil’s marketing department, attempting to kick-start helmet based fashion trends of the future, once our domed moon cities make space suits unnecessary.

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At least Mom is making Junior responsible for his messy Martian friend…

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