Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Alternate Futures 2: Cars of a Different Tomorrow

If you’re of a certain age like me, you’ll remember the concept cars that Detroit regularly rolled out during the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s.  Needle sharp with fins, swept-back lines, and bubble canopies that wouldn’t be out of line on a launch pad, these dream machines were definitely of their time.They exuded optimism about the future.  Sometimes they hinted at what Detroit had in mind for the next generation of a production model; other times they were sheer flights of space age fantasy.

Sometimes, I feel misty-eyed and yes, a little deprived that some of these concepts never saw the light of day. But just maybe somewhere, they’re cruising down the highway of some alternate world. You never now.
1955 Lincoln Futura - later reborn as the Batmobile

1959 Cadillac Cyclone: the black cones on the
front of the car were designed to cover radar dishes

My favourite: The 1961 Ford Gyron

1969 Buick Century Cruiser
Meanwhile, you can always purchase Elvis Saves JFK! for just 99 cents and War Plan Crimson, A Novel of Alternate History, for $2.99 and now The Key to My Heart, also $2.99 (all are free to preview). All books -- which are already on Smashword's premium distribution list -- are also available through such fine on-line retailers such as Sony, Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble and Apple's iTunes Store. Thanks.

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