This Week in the Future, July 2-6, 2012

This week’s Baarbarian illustration seems like the introduction to a new sci-fi opera. The saddest man on the planet plays piano alone in space, accompanied only by his trusty sidekick, an equally lonely bat named Franklin. I’d see it.

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