Syd Mead is a visual futurist and concept artist. He is best known for his designs for science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron. Of his work, Mead was once moved to comment: "I've called science fiction 'reality ahead of schedule." -Wikipedia

Illustrations and commentary by Syd Mead.
Source: Automobile Quarterly, vol 18 no.1, 1975

In the early evening guests arrive in gyro gondolas with their cyborg pets and android attendants. The residents have programmed the illusion pool, filled the foyer with halographic crystal lattices, and provided elegant pneumatic enclosures for the occasion.

Standard public lease system vehicles enter a mobile lobby at left, containing shops, lounges and information centers, loading for the half mile transit to megastructure in background. Corporate and privately leased vehicles in middle foreground, fitted to specific use, await departure. Two personal enclosures float over the parking lane in foreground, while late afternoon strollers walk past an illusion cluster at far right: large sculpture overlooking illusion plaza is monument to first extra-terrestrial visitors.

An elegant robot serves party guests in vaporspheres out on the terrace, while conversational groups inside enjoy the atmosphere of halogram wall display, the sumptuous buffet, and pneumatic banquette seating. A couple are juste leaving, far left, after programming a travel enclosure from the special matrix wall.

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