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Futurama, Autogeddon: Reading by Chapter
Highways of the Mind
Highways and Horizons
1.1: Riding on the Futurama
Context: The 1939-40 World's Fair, home to the original Futurama exhibition designed by Norman Bel Geddes.
1.2: Space and Time at the Fair
Chronotope: Natural spaces, technological spaces and manifest destiny in the Futurama exhibit.
1.3: Ghosts of Urban Architecture
Specter: The Futurama's technocracy, community resistance and the narrative of "urban renewal."
1.4: Highway, Network, Machine
Machine: The Futurama reimagines the superhighway as a networked machine.
Selling the Superhighway
2.1: The American Cornucopia
Context: In the post-war era, industrial filmmakers begin their campaign to present the highway as a pathway to prosperity.
2.2: Space and Time at Futurama II
Chronotope: Geddes' Futurama is revisited and reimagined at the 1964-65 World's Fair in the film "To the Fair".
2.3: The Specters of Consumption
Specter: Exploring "Design for Dreaming," a musical extravaganza celebrating the consumer lifestyle set at the GM 1956 "Motorama."
2.4: Highway as Death Machine
Machine: Road safety films, JG Ballard, and the New Dromology of the killing machine.
Walking in the Ruins
3.1: The Ruins of the Future
Context: Science fictional representations of the highway take a turn from futurism to dystopia.
3.2: The Ruins of Space and Time
Chronotope: Kim Stanley Robinson's "Three Californias" and the future of nostalgia.
3.3: Ghosts in the Ruins
Specter: The ghosts of highway futures-past continue to haunt us in retro-science fiction and nostalgic car commercials.
3.4: The Broken Machine
Machine: Three visions of the future highway as a technological system, in Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Gold Coast," JG Ballard's "Concrete Island," and Cordwainer Smith's "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard."
Where do we go from here? And how will we get there?