January 8th, 2016 – Happy Incept Day Roy!


Followers of Retrofuturism are well aware of how the future quickly becomes the past, and how in turn the past spills into the future. In this fashion, the world of Cyberpunk is increasingly becoming dissolved into the past and has itself become a retro vision of the future based on speculation from three decades ago. This year the film Blade Runner turns 34-years-old, but it was on this VERY day in the film’s history that antagonist (or protagonist, depending on your point of view) Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) was “born.”

Roy Batty

Batty is best known for his dying speech, also known as the “Tears in Rain” speech, much of which was built from improvisation on the part of Rutger Hauer when director Ridley Scott allowed him the freedom to just ad-lib. Despite Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) being the hero of the film, Batty drives the philosophy of the film.


Born in Holland during the German occupation of World War II, it is ironic that Hauer’s physical appearance is that of a perfect aryan, and in many ways this is what we have in Roy Batty. This Nexus 6 replicant is top of the line in both physical and mental attributes, Nietzsche’s Übermensch, but is ultimately on a quest to find his “maker” and understand his existence. In Nietzschean fashion however, Batty finds his god, and then kills him . . . but more about that another day.

“Today in History” on The Pandora Society dot com is primarily focused on Victorian and Edwardian history and does not always have a direct connection to Steampunk, Dieselpunk, or whatever punk; in fact it rarely does, but it is our hope that in sharing these historical events they might serve as some inspiration to the writers in our community to create potential alternative history stories which we look forward to reading 🙂


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