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INTERVIEW: David Zondy of "Tales of Future Past"

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 10/12/09

Today we've got David Zondy with us. He's the creator, host, and all-around Grand Exalted Poobah of the excellent "Tales of Future Past" website, which some of our more attentive readers will recall I was inadvertantly ripping off some months ago. David, thank you very much for being with us.

DAVID:
Glad to be here–speaking metaphorically, of course.

REPUBLIBOT 3.0:
Again, sorry about unknowingly ripping you off. Thank you for being a good sport about that.

DAVID:

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Spiral 50/50

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Yesterday we talked about the USAF's abandoned space plane, the X-20 DynaSoar. Not to be outdone, the USSR wanted a one-man fightery space plane thingie, too. Their entry is below the jump. The CGI footage at the beginning comes from the old Dan Roam website, "Deep Cold." the rest is mostly archival Soviet footage of Spiral drop testing.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Ruskies on the Moon

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Everyone remembers the space race, and everyone knows *we* won, but it's not really a race if there's only one side, right? So what were the soviets working on? There's a glance at their lunar lander, and there's tons more info after the jump:

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Man Conquers Space

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In the 1950s, Collier Magazine published a series of articles on the "Conquest of Space" based on the plans of Willy Ley and Werner von Braun. None of thier plans ever went in to effect, but if they did they would have looked more than a bit like this: (Click to actually see it, doofus!)

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Trips to Mars, 1950s style

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A short disney film showing 1950s concepts for trips to the red planet under the jump. You've got to hand it to Walt. I can't imagine a more dedicated futurian, he acutally used his considerable industrial and media resources to plug this kind of stuff and make it really exciting and interesting and understandable for ma and pa kettle.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: L5 - The First City in Space

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Perhaps it's wrong to judge our outlook based on Youtube, but I have to suspect that what people put on there shows what people are thinking about, and if it doesn't exist on there already, they make it. If this is true, than a colossal failure of vision in our society is indicated by the near-total lack of stuff about Space Colonies on there, and in daily discussion. Click through to learn/see more. Or wallow in ignorance. Your choice, really.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Space Stations

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We start off our newly-renamed feature with a british Apple computer add featuring a space station which is in no way like the six-pack of beer cans we've got in orbit right now: Click through to watch! Note the exclamation mark, that wasn't a request people...

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Damn!

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It has come to my attetion that "Days of Future Past" is an album by the Moody Blues, which I was previously blissfully unaware of. I'm uncomfortable with being associated with the Lords of Wus Rock, particularly when it looks like I was hommaging them by using the name in the first place, which is clearly not the case. Furthermore, (Click through to see my other starteling realization and figure out what we're all gonna' do about this mess)

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "The" Flying Sub (1965-1968)

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Of course no pointless retrospective on flying submarines would be complete without a mention of the Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea:

Curiously, there's not much actual video online of sub from the show, so above I've put a CGI flight simulator hack that someone did. It at least gives you a sense of the look and feel of the thing. Click through to see it.

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