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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? Paperback – August 1, 2012
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...A book that can be enjoyed on a number of levels... We can't imagine a better time for young people to hear this inspiring message, and this book delivers it with grace and style. --American Astronautical Society
"The clean, simple comic-strip quality of Fies's art fits the story perfectly, highlighting the gravity of the situation while cutting away undue sentimentality. Mom's Cancer is a quiet, courageous account of one family's response to a universal situation." - Publishers Weekly starred review." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Anyway, after three years of good intentions, I finally read Brian Fies' brilliant and surprisingly touching Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? First, the negatives: I wish I hadn't waited so long, and I wish I'd written it myself.
I read it on the "book of the future", my Kindle Fire, coincidentally wrapped in a custom (but unrelated) "World of Tomorrow" book-style case. As it turned out, it was a rainy Sunday afternoon, the day all the grayer for the recent loss of Neil Armstrong. With that as the backdrop, it was a great gift to read this book which begins at the New York World's Fair in 1939, and ends with Apollo 17 in 1975, and offers an affectionate and pitch-perfect guided tour of retro-futurism and space exploration with a healthy dose of human history along the way.
What Matt Novak's spectacular Paleofuture blog does with reverent irony and artist Bruce McCall does with satiric brilliance, Fies does with deep sincerity and a what I'd call "insightful innocence." After reading just 3 pages, I opened a web browser and started looking for a fancy leatherbound edition, as it's just that sort of book.
Perhaps most importantly, it gave me my optimism back at a time when it was sorely needed...maybe I didn't wait too long to read it, after all.
But I still wish I'd written it myself.