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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 GaryCampesi<da:thumb id="361208638"/> 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

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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!


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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.

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

65 deviants said 2030's
62 deviants said After 2050
47 deviants said 2040's
24 deviants said 2020's
17 deviants said Never
15 deviants said After 2100


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JovianJ Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
Happy belated birthday!! happy DA B-day :3  May we all live to see brighter futures and hopefully you've had a great b-day celebration! :tiphat: 
Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Hope you had a great birthday! Finally got going reading Vanguard - only seemed appropriate on your birthday since it led to Seekers! May this year be even better than the last!
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Happy Bday!
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Happy:party:Birthday:cake:my friend, enjoy the day:ahoy::drunk: :happybounce:
colongraphics Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday Mr. Casswell.
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday! :hug:
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Happy Birthday Rob! :D
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¡Feliz Cumpleaños! :)
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Happy birthday! :party: Have a great day! Greetings!
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