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Kids' Whole Future Catalog Paperback – September 12, 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394850904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394850900
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G Salsbury on October 21, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating book that outlines a myriad of different technologies and scenarios about the future. From housing, to food, longevity research, floating cities, robotics, space-travel, and colonization.
I've shown this to various futurist friends, and they all agree: This book should be re-published, and revised to include the latest in technological advances. It belongs on the shelf of every child, and anyone else who's concerned about the future.
Find a copy, if you can. It's great!
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By Anyechka on September 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredible and easy to read resource on possible future inventions, jobs, technologies, houses, types of living structures (e.g., living houses, deep underground, floating cities, flying cities, space farms), space travel, how to live a more natural lifestyle, the type which might come back into vogue in the future, recycling, future languages, how to achieve world peace, you name it. It's for anyone who's interested in how life might be like in the future, whether you want the information for a story, book, or article you're writing or you're just interested in the information for its own sake. I know it got me fascinated enough to read other books on this very subject, and upset that we haven't yet got the majority of the things described, like the terraforming of Mars and the Moon, flying cities, and houses made entirely out of things like soda bottles and empty cartons of bleach. While it's still available in good libraries, it really needs to get back in print and to be updated; things have changed a lot since 1982!
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When I was a child I checked this book out of the library 8 or 9 times, just to re-read the articles and look at the awesome pictures.
30 years later, now living in a world far different from the one depicted I see how influential this book was on my life. I realize how unique a time the early 80's were.

This book is like a "Fringe" episode. It combines high tech with woo-woo unimaginable printing in a children's book today.
There are articles on robots, lasers, space technology, computers, and early internet right next to articles about alien communication, ESP, telepathy, bio-feedback, genetic engineering, and UFOs.

The nostalgia for this book is one thing, I really got it for my daughter so she can see how I grew up seeing the world, and maybe open her mind to the possibilities too. I really wonder how many of today's entrepreneurs read this book as kids?
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