Something I’ve always enjoyed about old science fiction is how ridiculous their guess about how things would look in the future appear to us now.  I’m not talking about technological or scientific predictions, but actually the way things “look”.  In whatever decade a sci-fi movie or show was made the architecture, and especially the fashion, are nothing more than “spacey” extrapolations upon the contemporary styles of the time.  It’s like how you watch a sci-fi show from the 60s and all the aliens are wearing 60s-style outfits just with more sparkly fabric and plastic piping around all the edges, or anything from the 80s just has people in parachute material jumpsuits and everything is in grays and pastels.  One of the reasons Star Trek: The Next Generation was so awesome, they actually created a non decade-inspired look!

Anyway, I came across this little gem about what scientists in the 40s predicted aliens would look like on all the other planets in our solar system.  My favorite is the line “Mercury, being dangerously near the sun, is a planet of terrific heat.  Life, says science, logically can exist only in insect form.”

Logically….says science…