Where's My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived

ISBN-10: 1596911360
ISBN-13: 9781596911369
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

It's the twenty-first century and let's be honest--things are a little disappointing. Despite every World's Fair prediction, every futuristic ride at Disneyland, and the advertisements on the last page of every comic book, we are not living the future we were promised. By now, life was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia, a place where a grown man could wear a velvet spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our promised moon colonies? Our servant robots? In "Where's My Jetpack?," roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we always imagined for ourselves. He exposes technology, spotlights existing prototypes, and reveals drawing-board plans. You will learn which technologies are already available, who made them, and where to find them. If the technology is not public, you will learn how to build, buy, or steal it. And if doesn't yet exist, you will learn what stands in the way of making it real. With thirty entries spanning everything from teleportation to self-contained skyscraper cities, and superbly illustrated by Richard Horne ("101 Things to Do Before You Die"), "Where's My Jetpack?" is an endlessly entertaining, one-of-a-kind look at the world that we always wanted.

Richard Horne is a graphic designer and artist. He lives in Norfolk. His bestselling books include 101 Things to Do Before You Die, 101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring and A is for Armageddon which have been published in 16 languages worldwide. He illustrated The Dangerous Book for Boys and Al Murray's The Pub Landlord's Book of British Common Sense.

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