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Tuesday
Apr242007

Space Colony Pirates (1981)


This scene of a picnic gone horribly wrong can be found in the book Future War and Weapons (World of Tomorrow) by Neil Ardley. The author talks about "the ultimate weapon," the death ray of science fiction which has become a reality. I suspect that this image had an effect on the children of 1981 similar to that of the Robot Rebellion we looked at earlier in the week.

See also:
Robot Rebellion (1982)
Sport in Space Colonies (1977)

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Reader Comments (9)

I love this blog! More great stuff.

April 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSir Jorge

Another gem!

What exactly are the feed-bags for? If they punch a hole in the station, are those suppose to protect them?

And is that dead woman on the ground pregnant? How gruesome!

Nice to see the giant spaceships, the apparently very large space colony, and the mega-ginormous telephone handsets of the future.

April 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

And so began the career of Space http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punisher" REL="nofollow">Punisher...

April 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVerbatim

Silly space invaders and their dish-martian ray guns... everyone knows the best way to kill off colonists and leave the colony intact is to gas it.

Errr... sorry... I've watched to much Gundam...

I just love this blog. Past visions of the future are great.

April 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBlackthornhiei

I remember reading this series of 'the future is just around the corner' books one after another. It was just the thing to get a sixth graders mind working over time. Thanks for reminding me how much fun these books were.

April 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJohn K

No, gas really is a better option, because you can tailor it to do maximum damage to humans with minimal cleanup.

Of course, then you have to deal with that pesky Feddie garrison in pressure suits...

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

god, that book looks so depressing.

June 6, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterthriceberg

If everyone is out to conquer and slaughter in this future world, how did anyone ever get to finish building such an impressive vessel?

This is why I so prefer the Disney versions of the future.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I remember loving this series of books as a kid.

But I also remember being a little freaked out by this one. Why did the attackers use their death rays on what is obviously a picnicking family? And what ninny thought that was an appropriate thing to illustrate in a book meant for 6 year-olds?

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpfinch

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