The World of the Future: Star Travel (Usborne, 1979)

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Select pages only. Futurist and illustrator David Jefferis edited and co-wrote all of the volumes in Usborne’s influential World of the Future series (1979), which introduced a generation of kids to ideas few adults could grasp. While Star Wars had nothing of the speculative in it, Usborne and Jefferis understood that it could serve as a gateway drug into space science and more serious explorations of our interstellar future.

I was really lucky to talk to David, still very busy thinking and writing about the future, about his Usborne days and beyond. That interview will run tomorrow.

UPDATE: Mr. M.W. Schmeer has kindly notified me that the compilation of all three World of the Unknown books is online at the Internet Archive.

3 Responses to “<em>The World of the Future: Star Travel</em> (Usborne, 1979)”

  1. 1 mwschmeer January 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    The omnibus of all three books can be found on the Internet Archive:

    • 2 2W2N January 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Oh wow. I thought Usborne had that pulled from the original site that hosted the book. I’ll update the post. Thanks!

      • 3 Don January 28, 2021 at 5:55 pm

        Looks like that archive has been pulled again. 😦 I loved these books as a kid and borrowed each of them from the library many times. It’s interesting to see

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