The illustration above comes from Bruce McCall’s Zany Afternoons, my favorite book as a kid. I grew to adore all the usual science fiction, but McCall has a singular vision that will always stick with me—a blending of the now and the soon and the recent past—a dreamy nostalgia for disasters that hadn’t happened yet, like time was a pure contradiction, expanding in every direction.
“The Tokyo of 2061” by Tenan Ito,
“Tanoshii Yonensei” (Happy 4th Year Student), 1961
Is it the future yet? I want my elevated roads!
A lot of vintage depictions of futuristic cities involved these elevated roads supported by and passing through skyscrapers. The idea is pretty impractical, but it looks awesome