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I was reading an article about Syd Mead a couple of days ago and it reminded me how much I loved the world of Blade Runner. I first caught the movie on video as a kid and from then on spent countless hours exploring the corrupt, grimy, congested world in my mind. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’d only had tastes of cities by that point and this L.A. was just as alien as the real thing or the fact that I’d worked out I’d be an adult during the period leading up to the events in the movie so I’d have a progressive journey of discoveries up to the twenty-tens. What I am certain of is that of the myriad futures I’d been offered to explore through movies, this was the one I wanted to inhabit in a possible distant reality.
Has there ever been a version of the future that captured your imagination - something that lived on in your mind once the credits rolled?
The Big Freeze, where star-forming gases are depleted and the universe's temperature asymptotically approaches absolute zero, thus ending any and all possibility for future life forms to arise.
In this case, the credits that rolled were that of a documentary, but this version of the future certainly lived in my mind afterward.
I thought Children of Men was mind-blowing when it came to capturing a future that is fascinating on a fictional level but also on a level in which it makes you think it could be real, what with the limited use of seemingly implausible technology. It gave the movie an appropriately gritty and realistic feel while pulling off the feat of giving the story and the characters a great amount of room to breathe without them being overshadowed by the world that they take place in.
On a more implausible level, and because I watched it for the first time recently, I thought the future of Minority Report was a joy to watch.
Star Trek is up there, I'm a Trekkie so I wouldn't mind being in that universe. However, since that would be 2-3 centuries off and I'd be long dead then, I like to look at the world of Ghost in the Shell (both movie and t.v. series) that I would love to live through and be part of.
I have to say Judge Dredd for me. In that future we see that the government has given a few men and women total power over your lives. The judges decide on the spot if we are guilty or not. And the only people that get a fair trail are the judges them-self's. Human rights seem to be thrown the the waist side and your lives are expendable to the rich and the government. Also with the hood of the mega city is like present day Detroit but ten times worst it just shows that we are heading down a wrong. Thinking about it it could happen to us someday down the line, the number of people on this planet just keep rising and crime will always be a major factor in human thinking.
I always loved the Planet of the Apes scenario, it was one of my favorite films when I was a whee lad.
Does that count?
I'd have to go with Logan's Run for the ideal future, keep the population down by killing them when they reach 30. I'd be dead by now but so would a fuck load more folks as well. This glut of humanity that just keeps growing needs addressing.
A clockwork orange
Better stories take place else where, but no WORLD has captured my imagination like Fallout.
Delicatessen and A Boy and His Dog are the futures I want. I like the post apocalyptic western society over the Dystopian universe.
To actually live it?: Star Trek. No hunger. No poverty. A union of people from every creed and color working together. Racism and sexism is pretty much laughed at as the actions of children...LITTLE children, and not something for grown-up species. You can make anything you need, create any place you wish to go, and can follow whatever dream or pursuit fits YOU instead of one for a paycheck. People work because they WANT to, not because they have to earn or support someone.
It's...hopeful, what we might someday become...a better tomorrow. Why would I not want that?
...when I think about it...I have always been curious about the future from The Black Hole. We had so little information about what that future contains beyond the Cygnus and some dialogue...I wonder what worlds could create such strange people. Psychics that can communicate with ROBOTS? And this was a STANDARD SKILL? I'd like to dive into THAT universe and take a look around.
Also...and this is from books mostly...I absolutely adore the Dragonriders of Pern series and the 'Brain Ship' books. Both of them would make wonderful series, and I love the characters. And damnit, I want to Impress a bronze!