grettings all, quick question

davis (
Sun, 18 May 1997 10:09:59 -0400

Hi, everyone. Brian Davis here. I've been reading the digest for
months, but never got around to piping up.

I've been developing an interest in yestertech recently; steam engines,
air wells, flying wings, etcetera. Specifically I'm looking for devices
that were supposed to be "the next big thing" but that never really
caught on.

I'm thinking of putting together some sort of museum exhibit celebrating
ignored and forgotten devices, schemes and plans.

After all, in the 1990s people think that nanotechnology is the next big
thing. But what ever happened to those undersea cities that people were
discussing constructing back in the 1950s? How about countless other
futurological fads that never came about, but were so hot at the 1939
World's Fair?

And what about Scarecrow's brain?

If any extropians out there know of some resources I might tap, please
contact me. I've been mining Kurt Saxon's books, and what I can find
from the aforementioned World's Fair, but I'm sure that I've just
scratched the surface of The Gernsbach Continuum

Brian Davis