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February 23rd, 2010
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Recent Reading - Things Science Fiction Predicts, and Doesn't

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From:executrix
Date:February 23rd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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I hoped that it would be more incisive, but Thomas Disch's "The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of" kind of talks about what you're interested in.

http://www.amazon.com/DREAMS-OUR-STUFF-MADE-Conquered/product-reviews/0684859785/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&coliid=&showViewpoints=1&colid=&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
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From:mofic
Date:February 24th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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What a fascinating looking book! Thanks so much - I just reserved it at the library.

There was a great exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum some years back (probably many years back, since I spent much of the 1980s traveling to DC for work) called "Yesterday's Tomorrow's" all about how the future had been envisioned over the years...
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From:executrix
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
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It cuts both ways, too--ages ago I was in Los Angeles on a business trip and there was an exhibit at LACMA of costumes from Hollywood historical films--it was instantly obvious when Claudette Colbert's flapper!Cleopatra costume and Elizabeth Taylor's Medieval Maidenform were filmed.
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