Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Varied / Professional Premium Member RobCaswellUnited States Groups :iconsci-fitech: Sci-FiTech
Designs of Tomorrow !
Recent Activity
Deviant for 7 Years
3 Month Premium Membership
Statistics 851 Deviations 32,340 Comments 392,797 Pageviews

Random Favourites

While I haven’t yet seen it yet, the theme’s in Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” movie have a certain tangency with my own recent thoughts and observations on science fiction and futurism. Many – particularly in my own generation – seem to pine for the future we were promised in the 60’s and 70’s. The reading (and re-reading) choices of many of my peers seem to reflect that by turning our imaginations back to the future possibilities painted when looking ahead from the mid-20th century.

Coupled with that trend of looking backwards for our future, I hear again and again that optimism is harder to find when looking forward from today and/or that today’s scifi writers are wallowing in dystopian futures. And I can’t disagree with either of those observations. But the question that now plagues me is “why”?

The human capacity for hope is great, as is our ability to make lemonade from lemons. So what’s impeding that? Our problems today are great, but they’re not insurmountable. What stands in the way of our ability to see beyond our current challenges? My own answer to that is the lessening power of the public will in the face of moneyed an corporate interests. The unregulated free market is consolidating the power to steer our species’ direction towards their increased profits and power, not to interests that serve the greater public - that is OUR dreams and desires.

In short, the average citizen feels increasingly powerless to affect change and realize their larger dreams for the future. So when we look forward, we tend to see this trend grow. At least that’s my own working theory. What’s yours? What’s getting in the way of looking ahead with optimistic eyes? And how do we get past it?

 

So while we’re on the subject of inspiration, dig some of the great, recentish (OK… and some golden oldies) works around DA!

 USS Discovery  XR-d1 NASA by bagera3005 Prepare For Arrival by overseer Strike Force by rOEN911 February 2105 by DarrenMyners Dodge 110 Custom Truck by GaryCampesiOrion III at Sunrise by WarrenZoell Prometheus Base by SMPritchard Return of the Argonauts by Drell-7 A Mother's Embrace by Ebonenee The wasteland starlift by thefirstfleet Interstellar Wormhole by ErikShoemaker Territorial Dispute by KatePfeilschiefter Lali's little afterparty by erogenesis-art Nomad Desert Blimp by TK769 The Galactic Nomads by Fredy3D  NASA Shuttle Concept Advanced Next Generation by GeneralTate  Bathing with blossoms by gestiefeltekatze B5 Kudu Twins by CrazyAsian1 Seaplane by Lipatov  A Day At The Beach (revised) by Paul-Lloyd Spring Day is Coming by SharksDen H. P. LOVECRAFT - 125th Anniversary Exhibition by RUIZBURGOS 007 Skyfall by MarkRaats 
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Various SOMA-FM feeds
  • Reading: "Apex" by Ramez Naam
  • Watching: Mad Max: Fury Road!

deviantID

RobCaswell's Profile Picture
RobCaswell

Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I am a child of the Space Age and a largely self-taught artist.... but the best way to learn is by doing, and I've been at it since I could lift a pencil. Throw in a lifelong passion for astronomy, sci-fi, and scale modeling, and there you have it - the ingredients for Caswell Stew. Though my educational background is in hard science, my professional career has been a meandering path through many graphics/creative roles (illustrator, writer, editor, computer game design, photography, web design, etc, etc...). For the time being I've settled on "digital print maker".

I live in a beautiful corner of the US Northeast with my wife, two hamsters, and a constantly changing cast of wildlife in the yard. I have no super powers… that I can reveal.
Interests

Putting on your realist hat, when do you thing mankind will first set foot on Mars? 

28%
43 deviants said 2030's
26%
40 deviants said After 2050
20%
31 deviants said 2040's
12%
19 deviants said 2020's
7%
11 deviants said After 2100
6%
9 deviants said Never

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconptrope:
Ptrope Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure am gonna miss those days when you would walk into a bar and say, "Hey, my middle name is Hyphen ..."
Reply
:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Time marches on.

Well... actually it kind of Silly Walks on.
Reply
:iconptrope:
Ptrope Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And then it slaps you with a fish.
Reply
:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner May 10, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for faving my work.
Reply
:icongunnut51:
Gunnut51 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Congrats on...the name change? :P
Reply
:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Me and the hyphen just weren't getting along....
Reply
:icongunnut51:
Gunnut51 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh
Reply
:iconfastmax:
Fastmax Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Say, wasn't your username "Myxylplix" at one time??
Reply
:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Probably. I even think it's been Fastmax, at one point!
Reply
:iconfastmax:
Fastmax Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Really?!!
Reply
Add a Comment: