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Encyclopedia > Retrofuturistic
Buck Rogers, an icon of the future, first appeared in August 1928 in this magazine (image is not of Rogers).
Buck Rogers, an icon of the future, first appeared in August 1928 in this magazine (image is not of Rogers).

Retro-futurism, retrofuturism or retro-future (terms combining "retro" and "futurism""future") can refer to two distinct concepts: Image File history File links Amazbuck. ... Image File history File links Amazbuck. ... This entry is for the science fiction character Buck Rogers. ... Retro is a term used to describe the culture of the past. ... Futurism may refer to: Future studies, the philosophical or academic study of the medium to long-term future also known as futurology. ... Look up Future in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • A return to, and an enthusiasm for, the depictions of the future produced in the first half of the 20th century, which often were based on ideas that are now dated and a great deal of imagination and speculation.
  • An ideology combining retrograde cultural and economic views with techno-utopianism.

This article focuses entirely on the first definition. Look up Future in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Regressivism is a term used to critically denote policies, ideologies or philosophies that are characterized as advocating a reversal to ones long abandoned or deprecated. ... Techno-utopianism is any ideology based on the belief that advanced science and technology will eventually bring about a techno-utopia, a future society with ideal living conditions for all its citizens. ...

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Etymology

The word retrofuturism was coined by Lloyd Dunn in 1983, according to a fringe art magazine published from 1989-1993. [1] 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Literature

The setting of retro-futuristic stories is sometimes a utopian society; its spirit of optimism and embracing of the status-quo is a complete contrast with cyberpunk. See Utopia (disambiguation) for other meanings of this word Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... Berlins Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ...


Retro-futurism should not be confused with steampunk. While retrofuturism presents an antiquated vision of future, steampunk (which was written mostly near the end of the 20th century) presents a hyper-modern version of the past, in which newer paradigms like computing are carried out using victorian-era technology. For the comic book, see Steampunk (comics). ...


Notable Filmic Precursors

The Jetsons are a classic example of a 1960s precursor to retro-futurism.
The Jetsons are a classic example of a 1960s precursor to retro-futurism.

These films and cartoons have heavily influenced the visual styles of retro-futurism. Picture of The Jetsons family File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Picture of The Jetsons family File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Jetsons - Clockwise: Rosie, George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, and Astro The Jetsons was an animated prime-time television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1962 to 1963. ...

For other uses, see Metropolis (disambiguation). ... This entry is for the science fiction character Buck Rogers. ... Commando Cody in RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON! Commando Cody was the hero in a 12-episode science-fiction serial made in 1952 by Republic Pictures entitled Radar Men from the Moon, and a followup 1953 set of 12 short-subjects (or 12 cliffhangerless serial chapters) collectively called the adventures... Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... The Jetsons was a prime-time American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and aired from September 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. ... Astro Boy is the American title for the Japanese animated series Tetsuwan Atom , which roughly translates to Mighty Atom and literally to Iron-arm Atom) first broadcast on Japanese television from 1963 to 1966. ... Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution) is a 99-minute black and white 1965 science fiction film. ... The title card from an episode of Space Ghost Space Ghost was one-half of the animated television series Space Ghost and emo Boy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions; it first aired on September 10, 1966 on CBS. In the series, the hero, Space Ghost, battled villains in outer space. ...

Retro-futuristic Films/Television

Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century depicted space travel in the far future.
Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century depicted space travel in the far future.

1984 (sometimes Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a British film based upon the 1948 novel of the same name by George Orwell; the film was made in the year imagined by the author. ... Wallace & Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated short films, a series of ten short animated sequences, and a feature-length film by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... A short film (also short or short subject) is a motion picture that is shorter than the average feature film. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Ren and Stimpy are the eponymous characters of two American animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... The Rocketeer is a 1991 adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Joe Johnston. ... Mars Attacks! is a comedy science fiction film by Tim Burton based on the popular card series Mars Attacks. ... Gattaca is a 1997 science fiction drama film written and directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law with supporting roles played by Gore Vidal and Alan Arkin. ... The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated science fiction film, directed by Brad Bird, produced by Warner Bros. ... Futurama is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox Network. ... The American Astronaut is a 2001 Space western/Musical, directed by Cory McAbee. ... Categories: Stub | 2001 films | Computer-animated films ... The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a spin-off of the Oscar-nominated computer-animated movie; Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, first officially aired in September 2002. ... Daffy Duck, Mars Exploration Rover Mission patch Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a film released on September 17, 2004 in the United States. ... Zathura is a film directed by Jon Favreau, released in November 2005, based on an illustrated book by Chris Van Allsburg. ... Image File history File links Screenshot from Duck Dodgers in the 24th1/2 Century. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Screenshot from Duck Dodgers in the 24th1/2 Century. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Daffy Duck, Mars Exploration Rover Mission patch Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ...

Notable Literary Precursors

Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Pulp magazines, often called simply the pulps, were inexpensive text fiction magazines widely published in the 1920s through the 1950s. ...

Retro-Futuristic Literature

Heath Huston on the cover of Fear Agent #4, art by Tony Moore Fear Agent is a science fiction comic book series by Rick Remender with art by Tony Moore and Jerome Opena, who alternate on story arcs. ... The Goon as published by Dark Horse Comics The Goon is a comic book series by Eric Powell, published by Dark Horse Comics. ... Tom Strong was a bi-monthly comic book created by writer Alan Moore and artist Chris Sprouse published by Americas Best Comics, an imprint of DC Comics Wildstorm division. ... Zot! is a comic book created by Scott McCloud in 1984 and running until 1990. ...

Retro-Futuristic Video and Computer Games

This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Crimson Skies logo Crimson Skies is an alternate history universe, created by Jordan Weisman and Dave McCoy, that has spawned a number of games and novels. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: useless page, created purely for vandalism If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... Destroy All Humans! 2, known as Destroy All Humans! 2: Make War Not Love in Europe is a video game and sequel to Destroy All Humans!. It was released on October 18, 2006 in North America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Futurama is a 3D platform game based on the science fiction cartoon series Futurama. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MDK2 is a video game and sequel to the third-person shooter, MDK. The original MDK was developed by Shiny Entertainment and released in 1997 by Interplay. ... The original NES Mega Man. ... Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, or Stubbs the Zombie, is a third-person zombie game being developed by Wideload Games and published by Aspyr Media. ... Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a run and gun video game for the Super NES and Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis platforms. ...

Retro-Futuristic Music Videos

Express Yourself was the second single from Madonnas multi-platinum selling 1989 album Like a Prayer. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Keep A Lid On Things is a song by Canadian group Crash Test Dummies and was the first single from their 1999 album Give Yourself a Hand. ...

Design and arts

A great deal of attention is drawn to fantastic machines, buildings, cities, and transportation systems. The futuristic design ethic of the early 20th century tends to solid colors, streamlined shapes, and mammoth scales. It might be said that 20th century futuristic vision found its ultimate expression in the development of googie or populuxe design. The Space Needle, built for Seattles Worlds Fair, 1962 Googie, also known as populuxe, is a subdivison of Futurist architecture influenced by car culture and the Space Age, originating from southern California in the late 1940s and continuing approximately into the mid-1960s. ...


Artists who have worked with a futuristic style admired by retro-future enthusiasts

Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy
Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x1433, 1800 KB)A scan of Astro Boy Volume 1 English version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x1433, 1800 KB)A scan of Astro Boy Volume 1 English version. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) was a painter, designer, and illustrator. ... Jack Banham Coggins (b. ... Gene Colan (born September 1, 1926) is an American comic book illustrator who sometimes worked under the name Adam Austin. ... The Guardians of the Galaxy are fictional characters, a superhero team who are active in the 31st century, in an alternate future of the main Marvel Comics universe where genetically engineered humans had colonised the solar system. ... The American Weekly was a supplement to the Sunday newspapers published by the Hearst Corporation. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... Russ Heath is an artist who has worked in the comics industry. ... Walter Matthew Matt Jefferies (August 12, 1921 - July 21, 2003) was an aviation and mechanical artist, set designer and writer, best known for designing the original starship Enterprise for the Star Trek television series. ... This article is about the Star Trek franchise. ... J Mays (born October 15, 1954 in Maysville, Oklahoma) is currently the Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company. ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Automobile design be merged into this article or section. ... Volkswagen (VW) is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... Frank Rudolph Paul (born in Wien, April 18, 1884 – died in Teaneck, New Jersey, June 29, 1963) was a great illustrator of the pulp era from 1920s to 1940s. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... Wonder Stories was a science fiction pulp magazine which published 66 issues between 1930 and 1936, edited by Hugo Gernsback. ... Norman Saunders (1907-1989) was a prolific commercial artist who produced paintings for pulp magazines, paperbacks, mens magazines, comic books, and trading cards. ... Alex Schomburg (born 1905, Puerto Rico; died 1998) was a prolific American commercial and comic book artist and painter whose career lasted over 70 years. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... Malcolm Smith (1910 - 1966) was an artist identified with the retro-futurist tradition. ... This article is about the manga artist and animator. ... Astro Boy is the American title for the Japanese animated series Tetsuwan Atom , which roughly translates to Mighty Atom and literally to Iron-arm Atom) first broadcast on Japanese television from 1963 to 1966. ... This article is not about the magazine, Popular Science Popular science is interpretation of science intended for a general audience, rather than for other scientists or students. ... Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ...

Architecture

An example in Shanghai of a retro-futuristic design in architecture
An example in Shanghai of a retro-futuristic design in architecture

Retro-futurism has appeared in some examples of postmodern architecture. In the example seen at right, the upper portion of the building is not intended to be integrated with the building but rather to appear as a separate object - a huge flying saucer-like space ship only incidentally attached to a conventional building. This appears intended not to evoke an even remotely possible future, but rather a past imagination of that future, or a reembracing of the futuristic vision of googie architecture. Skyscraper in Shangai September 29, 2002. ... Skyscraper in Shangai September 29, 2002. ... Shanghai (Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; Shanghainese: ), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the Peoples Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. ... Andy Warhols iconic Marilyn Monroe Postmodernism is an idea that has been extremely controversial and difficult to define among scholars, intellectuals, and historians, because the term implies to many that the modern historical period has passed. ... The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece Architecture (from Latin, architectura and ultimately from Greek, αρχιτεκτων, a master builder, from αρχι- chief, leader and τεκτων, builder, carpenter) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... UFO redirects here. ... Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ... The Space Needle, built for Seattles Worlds Fair, 1962 Googie, also known as populuxe, is a form of architecture, originating from southern California in the late 1940s and continuing approximately into the mid-1960s. ...


Books on retro-futurism

  • Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space ISBN 0-8122-1847-7
  • Future Perfect ISBN 3-8228-1566-7
  • Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future ISBN 0-8109-2939-2
  • Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future ISBN 0-8018-5399-0
  • The History of the Future: Images of the 21st Century ISBN 2-08-013544-9
  • Futuropolis: Impossible Cities of Science Fiction and Fantasy ISBN 0-903767-22-8
  • Retrofuturism: The Car Design of J Mays ISBN 0-7893-0822-3

See also

Definition A catchall term for various facets of the googie, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architectural styles. ...

External links

Literary sci-fi punk genres
CyberpunkPostcyberpunkSteampunkBiopunk
Other themes
Retro-futurismCyberprepTransrealism

 
 

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