Contest update: Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures

The last updates are on the gallery page.

Thanks to everyone who has put together a product, service or concept from a fictional future with a vintage ad — there are 30 entries all told, and boy the judging is going to be tough. I’ll post the finalists tomorrow morning, and then let you all vote on who wins. What are the stakes? Well, they’re listed below.

In an effort to keep this page from crashing again, I’ve done a collage of just a few of the entries. Click on it, or here, to see all 30 entries:

Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures

The Rules:

So, find some vintage ads, and then insert a product from a fictional future — it can be from a book, movie, TV, etc. The only proviso is that it has to have been written by someone else, so none of your own bizarre fictional futures. (Someone else’s bizarre future is fine, so all you William S. Burroughs fans are not barred from competition.)

  1. create your masterpiece
  2. post it to your blog
  3. link to this post (or better yet, let me know where it is via email or in the comments)
  4. wait for the aplomb and/or ridicule of your peers.

There are prizes!

What, pray tell is the prize? Well, if you win, you can choose from:

  • a prominent walk-on role in my next novel
  • a copy of THE AMADEUS NET
  • a “mystery” item from within the bowels of my desk.

The second-place winner will choose from the remaining prizes, and the bronze winner gets whatever is left. Worth playing for? The contest will run until (Sunday, April 20).

You may want to check out or Flickr or Photobucket for inspiration.

You can find my original post about this here. All the artists at are invited!

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34 Responses to Contest update: Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures

  1. don April 12, 2008 at 1:22 am #

    I’m on it Mark. I intend to sweep the opposition from the field. There will be weeping, gnashing of teeth, and lamentations from the women and children when I unveil my master piece! (Damn, there goes my Soylent Green idea)

    tremble and quiver like jelly you soon to be losers! (hmm, jello,)

  2. Alex L April 13, 2008 at 12:19 am #

    My entry… hopefully a massive winner. Its the bottom image.

  3. Mark A. Rayner April 13, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    Looking good guys! m.

  4. J. Grant April 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    The wife and I have an entry hyah:

  5. Shawn Wolfe April 13, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    Here’s a supermarket sign for Soylent Green, designed and carved in wood by me.
    Approx. 60″ wide

  6. Shawn Wolfe April 13, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    oops – here’s the link
    Here’s a supermarket sign for Soylent Green, designed and carved in wood by me.
    Approx. 60″ wide

  7. J. Grant April 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm #

    The wife and I submit this little shebang.

  8. DashingDan April 13, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    Someone should do an advert for Phorm (the spyware company)!

  9. Gary Piserchio April 13, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    Cool idea! Here’s one for the Hired Girl automated cleaner:

  10. CitizenLand April 13, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Something modeled after Greg Bear’s “Eon” novels perhaps…

    5th Chamber vacations!

    Axis City Escape!

  11. Michael Zed April 13, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    I thought I would be safe on the third reading, but “now with more baby” almost made tea come out of my nose.

  12. Mark A. Rayner April 14, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks Michael. Love the new entries guys! m.

  13. Rickey Henderson April 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Rickey will accept nothing short of first place in the contest, culimating in a ghost writing gig for your next book. Be warned Mark: Rickey is nothing if not competitive.

  14. bagel April 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Wow, I’m so going to lose!

    Oh, maybe Rickey would win and you could mail him a pronoun! That way, everyone wins!

  15. Martin McGrath April 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    Probably should have resisted, couldn’t…

  16. Gary Piserchio April 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Sorry, Mark, I … just … couldn’t … stop myself. Now introducing the new Frigidaire HAL 9000:

  17. Mark A. Rayner April 15, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    I don’t know Bagel, I like the soma ad.

    Rickey — you’re freakin’ me out.

    Thanks for the new entries Martin and Gary! I’ll be updating the post soon.

  18. Mark April 16, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Two more entries.

  19. LOBO April 16, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    I know I can’t “vote”, but I LOVE the ‘Tyrell’ entry.

    … Androids dream of more than you might guess!


  20. Alex L April 17, 2008 at 3:39 am #

    two more entries in the same post as before (the bottom two pics)… I hope these are legal, I’m not sure vulcan sex shows were ever spoken about in Star trek, but I just got the feeling thats what Spock did on the weekends.

  21. Mark April 17, 2008 at 4:49 am #

    Nerd warning.

    Alex L. – In Deep Space 9 there was a popular holosuite program in Quark’s called Vulcan Love Slave. I doubt it was quite like your advert … but then again, who knows?

    End of nerd warning.

  22. Mark A. Rayner April 17, 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Mark, are you kidding? This entire contest has broken the needle on the nerd-o-meter. Alex, the Alien one is truly disturbing (and hilarious). I’ll get it up on the gallery later today.

  23. Tom Marcinko April 18, 2008 at 1:42 am #

    Mark, thanks for posting the spindizzy ad (quoting the first line of one of the Cities in Flight stories from memory — maybe somebody can correct it for us). It definitely made my day.

    Looks like the model in my ad is another Nexus-6.

    The upright palanquin is from Alastair Reynolds’ universe, of course.

  24. Alex L April 18, 2008 at 5:55 am #

    @Mark -Well theres Vulcans of all tastes isnt there… well lets pretend anyway

    @Mark A. Rayner- I was worried because at first glance (the chest burster) it really just looks like a poo… which would take the competition into really disturbing areas

  25. Alex L April 18, 2008 at 6:59 am #

    And one more

    same post as before bottom pic. It references the japanese Anime ‘Ghost in the shell: Stand Alone Complex’, I’d recommend it and the two movies of it to anyone.

  26. bagel April 20, 2008 at 11:32 am #

    Two more entries from Tom, both of which have stumped me. If you have a guess, leave a note in the post comments:

    The second one is from Weapon Shop Of Isher. The first one seems like something from Bester, but I can’t place it.

  27. alejna April 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    I wanted to do this, but just haven’t gotten my act together. It’s fun to see what others (whose acts are apparently together) have gotten together, though.

  28. Mark A. Rayner April 21, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Impressive Bagel. Not to worry Alenja, we’ll do it again sometime. m.

  29. bagel April 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Ok so did I win yet?

  30. Chris April 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    lol. I still wanna know where my other two entries are on here. I hope he got them…. This was waaaay too much fun. Anyone figure out Tom’s second image?

  31. Mark A. Rayner April 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    Sorry, I missed those Chris — they’re up now.

    Bagel, you’re going to have to wait until tomorrow morning, just like everyone else. And there will be voting. 🙂 m.

  32. chris April 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Yay, my goofiness is awarded :). Now where are the superdelegates and how much do I have to pay them?

  33. Chris Hutcherson October 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    What happens if two candidates get the same number of votes?


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