JF Ptak Science Books Post 1269
What is it about science and the future and how the scifiction of the past (pre-1950's) almost never could encapsulate the superior scientific innovation and discovery of its near future? It is marvelous and wickedly magnificent to look at some cover art and illustration for the pulp and not-so-pulpy science ficton, images that not only have a certain look and feel, but also a smell, a particular bookstore/basement pulp-paper-not-exposed-in-forty-years smell.
Steampunk Eye--that enormous ship, governed by a long, long pole with a small box witn an eye in it, being raised and lowered on pulleys:
The Steampunk Gigantic Enormous Stupendous Infinite Brain (also notice that folks are fleeing, running for their lives, witt heir arms thrown high into the air, running like SpongeBob SquarePants--its hard to run like that):
Steampunk Addiction & Cancer Hole:
And the Philip -Morris contribution for smoking in alien space:
Steampunk Thinking (the slide rule really didn't give out until around 1970):
Steampunk Abs: humans are surrounded by arm-waving large-headed belly-shirted aliens, the man using a flashlight for defense )burning the alien eye even though they're all in bright light) while the woman points really hard: