• Misleading, as the book never discusses wristwatch TVs! It imagines wristwatch phones though, so basically, they predicted cellphones.
  • Floating around in zero-G = amazing, apparently
  • At least one prediction on the cover has come true, partially, anyway.
  • Alas, still a far-off dream.

The World of the Future - Future Cities

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The front cover of a "The World of the Future: Future Cities", from 1979.

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  1. froggyboggler 75 months ago | reply

    Wonderful! How did I miss seeing this before? Thanks for posting all these great images to the pool...it's really taking shape! (A glassy, spherical shape!)

  2. Will S. 75 months ago | reply

    You're welcome, FB! My photostream is reasonably sized; there may be more stuff you haven't seen yet; poke around some time!

  3. loop_it_99 70 months ago | reply

    I had this book - you just brought back a flood of memories!

  4. Will S. 70 months ago | reply

    You, me, and one or two others in this thread alone! It was one of my favourite books for many years, as a kid...

  5. tsancio 70 months ago | reply

    Books like this one made me want to study engineering. Always remember the idea about creating powerplants by using the sea temperature differences plus ammonia turbines or something like that.

  6. Will S. 70 months ago | reply

    Ah. I can relate; certainly, they had some effect in stimulating me towards studying science.

  7. Mosh Echacuervos 69 months ago | reply

    I bought the Spanish version of this book when I was a kid. Man, the whole series of those books had some amazing illustrations inside. Thanks for posting it.

  8. Will S. 69 months ago | reply

    Hey, you're welcome! Oh yeah; I loved those Osbourne books...

  9. Ian Vanhoof 65 months ago | reply

    WOW, I also had a copy of this book when I was a boy. My father got it for me when I was 9 or 10 years old. This book along with OMNI Magazine totally had me hooked. My copy, along with all those OMNI magazines got lost when my apartment flooded in the 90s.

    THANKS WILL for posting these, it brings back some really good memories of my childhood.


  10. Will S. 65 months ago | reply

    Oh, OMNI! I loved that magazine.

    You're welcome! :)

  11. vickym345 50 months ago | reply

    brilliant illustration :D does anyone know who drew this by any chance? im studying space illustrations for my art alevels and im quite interested in this artist whoever he/sh is

  12. Will S. 50 months ago | reply

    I'm not sure I have the book with me at present; I think it might be at my parents' place. When I find out, I'll let you know.

  13. StarEagle-X 44 months ago | reply

    Vicky m345 - the art was produced by the late Brian Lewis from my concept sketches.

    Brian was an ace to work with, taking basic pencil or magic marker visuals and adding to them in unique and original ways, while keeping to the basic brief in a thoroughly professional manner.

    David Jefferis (author)

  14. Will S. 44 months ago | reply

    Wow, Mr. Jefferis, it is an honour to have you visit here!

    As you can see, I have some more scans from the inside of your book as well, and as I've said before, it's neat to see how many of yours and your co-author Kenneth Gatland's predictions have turned out just as you predicted, and also to see how the other ones differed.

    We have extensive use of wind-power and solar-power now; we have cell-phones (mobile phones) which are essentially the same as your 'ristos'; we have camcorders and big-screen TVs, online shopping, video-telephoning (through webcams, over the internet)... We have increased awareness and sensitivity to environmental issues; more use of bicycles... All these things, you and your co-author correctly predicted.

    The things we don't have yet (and you did have later dates like 2020 for some of them), are extensive space colonization (whether orbital self-sufficient cities, or lunar colonies), nor underwater cities, nor widespread usage of holographic technology (though you were right about the video teleconferencing, which has indeed come to pass, just without holographic projection, with regular cameras). I think neither governments nor businesses want to spend the money necessary for space colonization, nor is there a great desire on the part of many to move to space; and likewise, nobody yet wants to move underwater, either. Holographic technology is improving, but it has a ways to go, and is rather expensive.

    Oh, and we don't have robot butlers, to bring us our drinks. Where is mine; you promised! ;)

    Kidding aside, Mr. Jefferis, you and your co-author Kenneth Gatland were great visionaries, and foresaw much, indeed, about the world we live in today. And your illustrator Brian Lewis was talented indeed, capturing your vision spot-on.

    Thank you for writing this great book, and thanks for stopping by here! :)

  15. Mosh Echacuervos 44 months ago | reply

    Loved the book, Mr. Jefferis. Thanks for adding your comments here.

  16. StarEagle-X 28 months ago | reply

    Chanced here again, this time via Smashing!

    Thought you might like to visit my site, where there are related articles and visuals.

    Best regards,

    David J (author)


  17. Will S. 28 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the link, Mr. Jefferis!

  18. Space Art 7 months ago | reply

    I wish all their dreams came through and true ;-)

  19. Will S. 7 months ago | reply

    Indeed; if only.

    Ah well. Many did! :)

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