If you're lucky enough to have grandparents with old sci-fi novels or magazines stored in their attics, you're probably familiar with the retro future aesthetic that typified the designs of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Now former game designer Bradley W. Schenck has revived that evocative imagery via a website that allows anyone to create their own custom retro-futuristic sci-fi posters with just a few clicks — no artistic skill necessary.
Dubbed the Pulp-O-Mizer, the site gives you the tools to create incredibly detailed custom book covers and posters featuring everything from giant robots, mad scientists and astronauts, placed in situations ranging from Metropolis-style cityscapes to the surface of an alien planet. The level of control is pretty impressive, giving the you the ability to layer a wide variety of graphics or upload your own, and change font sizes, designs and positions. After you're done, you can output your design as a jpeg, or have it made into a real poster, greeting card or even an iPad cover.
The site is pretty addictive, and it's not hard to get lost in all of the fun options, suddenly realizing that an hour has passed as you've been working on your monster robot invasion cover. And, as fun as the Pulp-O-Mizer is, it's really just one component of Schenck's larger interactive story telling website that allows the reader to influence the ending of a story by giving the reader different story path options along the way.