camera drones: from science fiction to design fiction

Presenting a short tour* of the flying camera, or surveillance drone, through realities. Camera Drone Name, Fiction of Origin, Year Fiction Created, Year Fiction Set “Kino”, Stargate Universe, 2009, the present//player.vimeo.com/video/107448442?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 “Pups”, Prometheus, 2012, 2093 Nixie, reality, today, soon * More examples of the Surveillance Drone at TvTropes (Warning: link leads to TvTropes) camera drones: […]

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“We ride the rails and walk the land looking for interesting things to see. I mean, honestly, what better way to spend your time on Earth than viewing its wonders?”

‘True Detective’ creator Nic Pizzolatto looks back on season 1:

Okay. This is really early, but I’ll tell you (it’s about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.

Season 2 of True Detective: we have these two guys as our existential detectives. Heavenside as Carcosa. The Darkening Sky as The King in Yellow. And the plot jumps between the present and the bright green spimey world dystopia.


Season 3 of True Detective: starring Aubrey Plaza and Charlize Theron. Aubrey is the rookie detective, Charlize is the veteran. Also, they’re in space. It’s 2933 and they’ve just been woken from hypersleep after a series of murders occurs on LV RNDNMR.

The secret text is a mysterious sequence of rock art that the evil corporate overlords seem intent on hiding from them. They decode it using secret masonic dream travelling techniques Aubrey learnt on the space orphanage from a dusty old book she stumbled upon; travelling without moving, she visits prehistory Earth.

Finally the Truth is revealed: God’s an Engineer, Midian is where the monsters live.

UPDATED with season3 images. And obviously Aubrey goes to a Bene Gesserit orphanage.

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Indeed, that same archetype would appear as Ikaris in The Eternals (originally called Return of the Gods), which Kirby began work on shortly after finishing Kamandi #30. And as we saw going back to the 50s, this would be another immersion into Kirby’s ancient astronaut obsession (which I guarantee you is as much an influence on Prometheus as Von Daniken, since the first Alien raided Eternals #1 for imagery and the second Aliens film is a virtual rewrite of the first Captain Victory storyline).

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