Tag: 1950s

She Came from Planet Five

She came from Planet Five I knew it all the time She wore a metal miniskirt As she stood knee-deep in dirt

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/27/22: The Best of Twittersnips
xxxx(Cocktails)

Cocktail parties still haven’t come back yet. But here’s some that have yet to be concocted, culled from my Twitter feed.   Cocktails Smashing Sheila (this originated in Sydney, Australia) Guinness Lemonade Golden Mickey Goose Sucker Glass Slipper Ballbuster Orange Slum Muddy John Juicy Jackson Vengeance from Hong Kong Rocky Surf Sleepy Cobra Pumpkin Nipple …

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The Drudgery of Ironing

The alien certainly thinks so.

Atompunk Reading

In the Atompunk Age, manly men read books like this one, accompanied by a dry martini.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 3/31/21: Atompunk Robots

Atompunk robots (those in media from 1945 – 1965) tend to have the same sort of names. Short ones like Gort, cutesy ones like Robbie or Tobor (“Robot” spelled backwards) or functional ones combining scientific terms with letters and numbers. That’s the sort I was after here with this randomly generated list. These names showed …

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Getting Around in the Atompunk Age

  One of the futurism themes of the post-WWII era was transportation. This makes sense. Innovations in manufacturing and aircraft design,¬† the growth of large cities, and the need for improved highway systems and vehicles¬† all came together in a magic moment, in the Western world at least. Germany had its Autobahn, Britain the M- …

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The Hills Have Eyes

And other body parts as well, apparently. Artwork by the great Ed Emshweller.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/10/20: Narnia II

C. S. Lewis actually wrote Prince Caspian, the second book of The Chronicles of Narnia, hot on the tail of the first.¬† In it, he explored an idea he had been playing around with for a while: What if King Arthur actually returned to England during the Battle of Britain as prophesied (when England was …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/3/20: Narnia I

British writer C. S. Lewis’s well-loved children’s fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, began in 1950 with the publication of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by publisher Geoffrey Bles (in the U.S. Macmillan was the publisher.) The book was, according to Lewis, inspired by a drawing of a faun — a satyr — …

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Give me a call.

Alfred Hitchcock in a publicity shot for Dial M for Murder, 1950