Retrofuturist Flashback: Weather Control, 1975


The future 1975. Photo by Ullstein Bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Here's another vision of the future via the past, this time from a 1925 German publication. It looks 50 years into the future to the high-tech world of 1975 -- well past the coming destruction and horror of World War II. The underground transportation systems are multilayered and impressive. And be sure to note the "weather control" arrays atop the two buildings. By the way, Climate Viewer has an interactive timeline of weather control. Check it out if you want to see what this could have possibly consisted of.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.