In the waning days of the Retrofuture, the hoped for jetpacks and flying cars had given way to…this. The Sinclair C5 was little more than a short-range electric tricycle that could attain a less than impressive 15 miles per hour top speed.
This Reagan-Thatcher Era proto-Segway was created by English entrepreneur and inventor Sir Clive Sinclair and was an instantaneous commercial flop. The vehicle later developed a small cult following with some C5 enthusiasts substantially “modding” their C5s.
Ohhhkay, Retrofuture! I guess you examined the unspeakable horrors of the Great War and asked, “Now, how can I make this worse?”
The Retrofuture took care of that whole “helicopter parents” thing but good.
What next? Kids leading space fleets against aliens?
A lengthy and detailed analysis – and lament – about how and why the Retrofuture failed to materialize.
According to the G1 Transformers continuities, in 2005 – 2006 we should have all been wearing popped collar buttonless shirts with matching pants and vests. Color-coordinated gauntlet gloves were optional.
Proposed Television Set Would Feature Thin Screens
Popular Mechanics, 1954
Okay, Retrofuture, take a victory lap.
If flying cars are the Retrofuture technology that is perpetually just around the corner but never arrives, airships are the vehicles that are repeatedly poised to make a comeback but never do.
It’s a bit depressing to witness both the decades and the broken promises of sci fi and futurism pile up and then to read in one’s middle age the same optimistic predictions one read in elementary school.
Retrofuture fail: Work edition.