If things went according to Hollywood, we would have flying cars and watch death row inmates on TV fight for their lives.
Many movies in the 1980s and earlier were set in “the future” in the year 2019. The correlation inspired this year’s Bubonicon 51, themed “The Future Is Now (2019 Is History).” The event will be held today through Sunday, Aug. 25, at Albuquerque Marriott Uptown.
“It was pointed out how many movies are set in 2019, so obviously, the future is here,” said Craig W. Chrissinger, Bubonicon co-chairman. “If you watch anime, (in) ‘Akira,’ Neo-Tokyo falls this year. ‘Blade Runner’ was set in 2019. Where’s my flying car? ‘The Running Man’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger, based on a Stephen King book, is set in 2019 … prisons in (Los Angeles) are putting death row inmates on national TV game shows to see if they survive. It was kind of a funny thing about what are these traditions for 2019 and did anybody hit spot on.”
Panels on the topic include “The Future You Imagine Is The Future You Get” and “Tomorrow Is Here Today: 2019 Is History” where panelists will discuss what came to be and what is total fantasy or science fiction yet to come. Another highlight of the science fiction convention will be the commemoration of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing that recently celebrated its 50th year.