Saturday, September 13, 2014

At Flashbak for Breakaway Day 2014: 5 Things Space:1999 Got Right About the Future

All right, the last post for the Breakaway Day Celebration 2014 comes from Flashbak!  My newest article considers the prognostications the disco-decade series got right about the near future:

Here's a snippet, and the url:

"The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV series Space:1999 (1975 – 1977) is almost forty years old.  And every year, fans of the series celebrate “Breakaway Day,” the day in series lore – September 13, 1999 -- in which the moon is blasted out of Earth orbit and sent careening into a mind-blowing space journey of awe and mystery.

It’s easy to look back at Space: 1999 (and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well), and consider that the title is a sort of built-in expiration date.  In other words, we are passed the year of the title, and so have the perfect opportunity to note that things didn’t turn out as the imaginative writers, directors and producers planned.

So it’s true. The moon didn’t blast out of Earth’s orbit in the year 1999, and no – alas – we don’t have an international moonbase today, like Alpha, either.

But in honor of Breakaway Day 2014, it seems fair to note that Space:1999 did predict, accurately, some aspects of the future..."

I hope everyone enjoyed this year's tribute to Space:1999!  Normal blogging resumes tomorrow...

1 comment:

  1. John it is official Space:1999 is still relevant, they did get it right. Sadly true, the space program is still about the budget with even President Obama cancelling funding to the Constellation Program that was to replace the retired Space Shuttle Program. Space is not the final frontier for neither the Republicans or the Democrats.