Alternate history is always an exciting mind game for me. The Economist magazine has written an interesting piece on what could have happened if the Nationalists had won the Chinese Civil War after World War Two. Read it here — link >>>
Hint: China would probably have been a better place for the common people without Mao’s mass-murders, man-made disasters and ideological obsessions.
Yes, the US Air Force did experiment with jet-propelled flying saucers in the 1950s. But it turned out to be a poor design when it came to aerodynamics. Link >>>
By chance I recently heard of the late illustrator Peter Elson, when someone (thanks Alexander) directed me to a site with his works, mainly book covers. Top-notch craftsmanship — link >>>
To me, this dreamy landscape by Peter Elson depicts Leigh Brackett’s Mars with canals and cities older than Uruk. (Click on the picture to get a larger version.)
Atomretro Mars: Peter Elson’s depiction of a car chase on Mars in Robert A. Heinlein’s novel “Double Star”. If I remember correctly (it was years since I read that book), the car is a Rolls-Royce. (Click on the picture to get a larger version.)
Every once in a while, I find small treasure troves on the web. Here is a Russian fellow who has created a lot of illos of great-looking diesel- and atom-retro devices and vehicles — link >>>
A retro-style personal computer.
In the beginning of the 1950s, the United States military built a major air base in the icy wastes of Greenland. Quite a feat with the technology available 60 years ago. This enthusiastic period documentary tells how and why.
During the Cold War, top-notch scientists and engineers in the United States developed plans for a interplanetary spacecraft, called the Orion, which was to be propelled by a string of nuclear explosions, hundreds or thousands of them. Project Orion’s first target was — unsurprisingly — Mars. BBC has made a documentary on the story.