FILM MEETS PUBLISHING:
I was contacted recently by Vanessa Bendetti for the Mirada production company, asking for permission to show the Future Cities book jacket shown above. Mirada's film work is truly excellent, so I'm pleased to report that Future Cities will soon be on display, as part of a special exhibition starting later this month at the Lincoln Center in New York.
The exhibition forms part of the IBM Centennial, celebrating a century of the giant multinational that was founded in 1911. Fortune magazine rates IBM as 31st largest company in the world, so rating even a single cover in the IBM Centennial is quite an honour.
Robot walker drawn by Terry Hadler, another artist on the team.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Right now, it’s also given me a chance to look again at one of my early works, and to give my co-creator, the late Kenneth W. Gatland, recognition for his work on Future Cities, itself one of a three-book set, the companion volumes being Star Travel and Robots. Together, they formed the series 'World of the Future', published by Usborne.
WORKING WITH KEN GATLAND
Ken and I had a stimulating time together - brainstorming sessions, followed by visuals from me, and close collaboration on the text. I then worked on the final publication, commissioning various artists with a brief to follow my pen-and-marker sketches. The Future Cities jacket was painted by Brian Lewis, a hugely talented man, who could take a rough sketch and make it his own. And yet, he stuck closely to the brief so made me very happy indeed.
Star Travel featured a main engine burn from a shuttlecraft squadron.
BRITISH INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY
Ken also deserves note for his many other works, and of course for his period as President of the respected British Interplanetary Society (BIS).
In times to come, I’ll be looking in some detail at the World of the Future books, and repeat a Ken-and-David annual activity - “What did we get right? What did we get wrong?!”
I'll also be looking hard at some of our guesstimates for our futures, many of which were focused on the year 2000, something of a magic number for anyone in the mid-late 20th century. Today of course, it's the 'future past', but still pretty interesting all the same. Please do check back from time to time and find out what we thought...
Ken Gatland bio at the British Interplanetary Society here.
IBM Centennial here
Interesting review of World of the Future here.
Model spacecraft in various articles at Scale Model News here.
Some of my books are available at Amazon below:
Future Cities: Homes & Living into the 21st Century (The World of the Future)