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Vacations of the Future (1981)

The 1981 book School, Work and Play (World of Tomorrow) illustrates what the vacation of the future will surely look like. With robots and computers doing all of the work, your biggest dillema will be deciding what kind of margarita to order on your space colony retreat. Isn't it great, living in the future?

With computers and robots doing most of your work, you're going to have more leisure time in the future. You'll want to enjoy this extra time - and here computers and robots will again come to your aid.


Suppose you feel like a vacation. Planning it is easy. On the viewscreen of your home videophone computer, you watch video guides that show any place in the world - or out of it. Eventually you choose your destination - the Space Islands. These are a group of huge space colonies that are resorts for people from Earth, the Moonbase and other space colonies. They have different climates in order to attract all kinds of tourists, and you choose a colony that is like several South Sea islands inside. However, unlike the real South Sea islands, you can play weightless games there and experience other such delights that only the Space Islands can offer.

Getting from your home to the colony is a long and complicated journey, but your computer arranges all the various stages of the trip, books your seats, reserves your hotel rooms . . . and pays your bills.

Then it's off on a whole variety of robot transports as exciting as the vacation itself - beltways, autotaxis, high-speed monorail trains, underground vacuum bullet trains, mammoth jets, space shuttles and finally a spacecruiser out of the colony.

You're there at last, and a wonderful vacation lies before you. There's only one problem - no one speaks English. The Space Islands are designed to suit all the people on Earth, and so their languages vary. You've chosen one in which Spanish is spoken. You can't speak Spanish, so you hire a portable computer that translates instantly from one language to another.

See also:
Language of the Future (1982)
Man and the Moon filmstrip (1970s)
The Future of Real Estate (1953)
Year 2000 Time Capsule (1958)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (Part 1, 1993)
Vision (Clip 1, 1993)


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Reader Comments (11)

Is that an iPod Nano I see on the black fellow...

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

experience other such delights that only the Space Islands can offer

Oh, please. Like the Space Islands will be the only place you'll find robot hookers.

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, back when robot workers meant that I'd be paid the same amount of money for next to no work, rather than putting me out of a job so the owner and shareholders could hog more money to themselves. I hope they have a good time on the Space Islands...

October 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCory The Raven

This book chapter doesn't suggest a date for vacations in luxury space colonies, but it looks to me like how some "futurists" in 1980 imagined life in that far off, mysterious year 2010.

October 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

Sounds like someone watched too many episodes of the Jetsons.


October 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's great!

I better start learning Spanish

October 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertony ctd

I see what's going on here. Child kidnappings will be more common in the future. The picture depicts a very tanned Jerry Harrison trying to distract a nanny with his gazillion megabyte iPod while his accomplice makes off with the nanny's charge.

October 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteranother anonymous

Good to see jheri curl is still popular in the paleo-future.

November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Apparently it doesn't get dark and avoiding sand in your face isn't important on the Space Islands because the car in the background doesn't have headlights or a windshield.

January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

In the world of the early 21st Century, you will be working in your glass office on your computer with a flat-screen display, and talk to your wife using your cellphone, telling her you will have to forego your annual vacation due to the economic downturn caused primarily due to the real-estate bubble, created by Clinton's sub-prime mortgage debacle.
Fortunately, Captian Kirk from Star Trek: TOS will be lurking in the ventilation above your office, and will drop a grenade with laughing gas, and tell you how you can get cheap hotel rooms, so you can afford your vacation after all.
At least the future involved something to do with Star Trek ;)

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Apparently in the future no one has vertigo. Just a normal day at the beach, until you look up and suddenly BAM STARING INTO THE DEPTHS OF INTERSTELLAR SPACE. No thanks.

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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