The above images come from Chris Marker‘s film La Jetée. It tells the story of a future where an atomic war has taken place and the only way to make things better is to travel through time. It was a massive influence on the film Twelve Monkeys. I still haven’t seen this film, but I have spent a lot of time reading through the book which is available. It reminds of the scenes of the future from Terminator. Everybody has to live underground, where it is dark and claustrophobic. I like how everyone in the story has their eyes covered at some point apart from the girl.
Phase IV is Saul Bass‘ only feature length directorial film. The film is about ants who become intelligent. They soon start to terrorise some local inhabitants and it is up to two scientists, studying the ants, to stop them. This is pure 1970s science fiction and it really is worth checking out.
Khotan Harmon has interviewed Syd Mead and has placed the interview on her website. You should check it out if you are into his work. He worked on the original Tron movie, Aliens and a whole host of others. He also has a new book out of his work called Sentury II, which is also available at Amazon.
This recently got re-issued, so I have been reading it again. Its about a cloud that is floating through the Universe and it will come between the Earth and the Sun. Scientists discover this and begin to predict the effect it will have on the Earth. A think tank is assembled in a country house in England and due to some radical forward thinking this becomes the center of communications for the whole world. It is here that they discover that make an amazing discovery about the cloud, which leads to some dire consequences. I think this book was written in the 1950s, so it is a nice throwback to then and how they would have done things. Check it out if you are into classic science fiction.