The Retrofuturist Chronicles

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting...


episode 3: Oil and Water

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In this episode, young Miranda informs her Aunt Natalie that she’s trying to make bombs, but she’s stressed because it’s not going very well. To Aunt Natale’s relief, they’re bath bombs made with essential oils. This triggers one of Aunt Natale’s outrageous memories, in which she worked with a German physicist named London in the United States. The team was trying to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen in an attempt to build a water engine as part of Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. 

Although the Cosmopolitan Retrofuturistic Innovator’s Secret Investigative Sisterhood’s efforts to build a working water engine are ongoing (CRISIS never gives up), their efforts highlight how alternative energy sources are nothing new.

Miranda expresses concern that oil and gas are destroying the planet. Fortunately, her aunt takes the time to explain that oil and gas themselves are a natural part of the planet and they’re inanimate, so they’re not inherently evil. But she also points out that the entire world needs to be cautious about how we obtain our resources and how we use them.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing the need for innovation and efficiency for oil and gas procurement since alternative energy sources can only be part of the solution, and fossil fuels are a finite commodity.

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 2020-11-24  18m