Guys, I know we have waxed lyrical before on here regarding the futuristic artwork, disk covers, tape inlays and certainly the 'Art of Atari' before now with their incredibly evocative illustrative examples from the golden age say, of the 'Warner Bros' era, when the box art for Missile Command and Joust etc just made us want to grab that cartridge and ram it home to play away to our heart's content for the next 2-3 hrs as our imaginations soared, but I today propose we spare a thought for 1-2 sublime Sinclair suggestions too.
I mean just consider this slice of the ZX81 front page manual...
ABOVE: Doesn't this just want to make you 'land and park-up' too and discover the future with your ZX81?
LEFT: For me, this manual front page reveals to us such an exciting 'glimpse of the future'...
What other scintillating Sinclair examples exist out there? Let us have a look at the ZX Spectrum equivalents:
ABOVE: Sinclair indicating a 'bright new day' here on the left or, via the ZX Microdrive handbook, a nuclear holocaust on the right?
Now let us return to the beginning and for me the ZX80 was the model which simply SHOUTS futuristic.
ABOVE: Why didn't Captain Kirk take one of these down to the planets' surfaces with his tricorder, phasers and 'away team'? Any damn fool-hardy alien race would have been simply and instantly immobilised by having their curiosities pricked and then sidetracked into getting the bleeder to LOAD... (!!??)
Have you seen any other examples - either from the Sinclair stable or perhaps other micro manufacturers blazing a futuristic trail for us would-be retronauts to follow by way of their captivating artwork - out there which are worthy of mention either here on the Sinclair Simon board - or the other micro boards we cater for on Atari Sector?
If only the original Star Trek was ten years later, or the ZX80 ten years sooner. We might have seen one of Captain Kirk's Yeoman (Yeo-woman) holding a ZX80 as a prop for Kirk to look at and maybe use a thumb-print "signature" instead of signing with a pen/sylus.