Aeolus: Futurism's Flights of Fancy

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Abstract

Flight and imagination have long been connected, so their combination in futurist thought is rich with expectations. The life of Oliver Stewart, author of Aeolus, spanned Sopwith Pups to Concorde; his aeronautic experience, both civil and military, made him well placed to anticipate where both strands of aerial technology could go. Believing that autogiros would enable safe, affordable individual transport for short-haul flights, and that flying boats - new at the time of his writing - would enable long-distance flight in comfort, Stewart also imagines a terrifying future of air raids and saturation bombing. The world he envisions is informed by a commitment to humane engineering, in which workers and designers make machines that use rather than displace human skills - a world in which freedom supports both creativity and technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79 - 90
Number of pages12
JournalINTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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