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Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived Paperback – April 17, 2007
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Daniel H. Wilson, Ph.D, has a degree in Robotics from Carnegie-Mellon. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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By the way, I'm still waiting for the solar-powered electro-suspension car that I saw on the old "Disneyland" TV show.
There's plenty of light humor mixed into the writings and some are pretty bad jokes. It's a light and fanciful book to read and will only take a few hours to complete. He covers topics ranging from jetpacks, flying cars, hoverboards, robot servants, smart houses, underwater and lunar cities, civilian space travel, ray guns, holograms, cloaking devices, food & no-sleep pills, cryogenics, and more. The book itself has blue foiled page edges and cover; the illustrations are largely silhouettes and simple line drawings but satisfactory. Overall, it's quick to read and will make you think of all the missed opportunities of the past science fiction world proposed by the likes of Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, and Tomorrowland.
From flying cars to ray guns to food pills to x-ray specs, Wilson takes 30 futuristic technologies we have yet to enjoy on a large scale and discusses the current state of the art, the science behind it, and the obstacles preventing widespread implementation. Breezy, informal and yet very informative, "Where's My Jetpack?" provides a fun romp through most of the amazing technologies which have become staples in science fiction but not in real life. Each chapter stands on its own, with some technological promises closer to being realized, such as household robots and ray guns, than others, such as teleportation of humans or moon colonies. Richard Horne provides bold illustrations perfectly complementing the retro-futurist subjects of the book. Always enjoyable, "Where's My Jetpack" may be one of the few books by a Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. that doesn't require a Ph.D. to read.
I found Where's My JetPack to be really interesting. It might not go into the depth that some people want on each topic but it does provide enough info to know why something will never happen, or where the product can be found if it is already out there, if we can expect to ever see it in the future or that mankind had it but didn't want it (Smell O- Vision).
A great example of a topic covered is the whole invisible man science fiction creation which although not invented by was made popular by H.G. Wells and authors since then such as H.F. Saint.Read more ›
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I remember when I was young we were promised so many things by the year 2000. I was realy looking forward to having a jet pack and or a flying car. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Gary R. Stribling
A really fun, easy read. Covers lots of topics. It is starting to be a bit outdated, but that's just proof that we can't keep up with technology.Published on December 18, 2012 by Alan Emerson
This isn't a traditional book, but more of a Reader's Digest style collection of 2-4 page overviews of different technological subjects. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by DanO
Five stars for the idea. But the actual book just isn't as funny and interesting as the idea behind the book. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Mike Garrison
If you're of a certain age such that you remember the various magazines of the late 50's and the 60's that promised great things in the "future", then you'll find yourself saying... Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Logical Thinker
This book is ok, but not great. It covers about the same info you can gather when watching a history channel show on this sort of thing. I would be hesitant to admit I had a PhD. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Matthew Philbin
This book deals with such ideas as hover cars, robot servants, and underwater hotels. And why some never got off the ground while others, while they exist, don't exist in the huge... Read morePublished on November 17, 2008 by Michael Valdivielso