Retrofuturist Flashback: More French Flyers


Albert Robida provides with another vision of the future. Apic/Getty Images

Ah, that last vision of the future from French writer, illustrator and caricaturist Albert Robida (1848-1926) was so impressive, I feel we have to go back for more.

So here we are with one of his visions from 1890 of a fabulous flying machine over a futuristic city. It ain't "Blade Runner," but then again... imagine if this HAD been the setting for the classic replicant yarn. At any rate, Robida was a key figure in the birth of science fiction, so it's hard to imagine any of our sci-fi standards without him.


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.