Buck to the Future: The Many Incarnations of Buck Rogers, Alan Brown offered not just a discussion of various manifestations of Buck Rogers in print and film but also a wonderful discussion of his father's experiences growing up in New York City. The city these experiences evoked, conjured up for me, the future city as depicted in the pulp magazine covers of the 1930's and the editors and artist who brought them to life. I love these depictions of the future, resplendent with jet packs (still waiting for mine) , flying cars and wondrous towers, so I went to the shelves to see what I could find. So here's to Buck Rogers, the city of the future and the Browns, father and son.
"My dad was born in 1922, and grew up in the suburbs of New York City, a metropolis with one foot in the future. His father worked at Bell Labs, and he remembered being taken to work to see new inventions like the first televisions. His father also, in the wee hours of one morning in 1927, took him to Roosevelt Field so he could watch Charles Lindbergh take off on the first non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris. He watched the construction of the world’s highest skyscraper, the Chrysler Building, followed shortly by a new highest skyscraper, the Empire State Building. The city was criss-crossed by an ever-expanding network of mass transit, with new aircraft flying to the growing airports, and all manner of new ships plying the waters." from
1. Editor T. O'Conor Sloane, Ph.D. Cover by Leo Morey
2. Editor T. O'Conor Sloane, Ph.D. Cover by Leo Morey
3. Editor Hugo Gernsback Cover by Frank R. Paul
4. Editor Hugo Gernsback Cover by Frank R. Paul
5. Editor Hugo Gernsback Cover by Frank R. Paul
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