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

By Daniel H. Wilson
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

3.68 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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It’s the twenty-first century and let’s be honest—things are a little disappointing. Despite every World’s Fair prediction and the advertisements in comic books, 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 moon colonies and servant robots? In Where’s My Jetpack? roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we imagined for ourselves. 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, Where’s My Jetpack? is an endlessly entertaining, one-of-a-kind look at the world that we always wanted.

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It’s the twenty-first century and let’s be honest—things are a little disappointing. Despite every World’s Fair prediction and the advertisements in comic books, 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 moon colonies and servant robots?

In Where’s My Jetpack? roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we imagined for ourselves. 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, Where’s My Jetpack? is an endlessly entertaining, one-of-a-kind look at the world that we always wanted.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A]n amusing look at technological innovations that haven’t quite come to be...Where’s My Jetpack?...is surprisingly informative.” Oregonian
“Wilson’s tone is humorous, yet he does justice to the science underlying his topic with quick, clear, sound explanations.” Seattle Times
“Clinically depressed fans of Star Trek and The Jetsons, take heart: the future you’ve been dreaming of—ray guns, robot maids, unisex jumpsuits, space vacations—is ready for production...[Wilson] isn’t trading in idle speculation; among plenty of jokes and silliness he deals in solid—and fascinating—science...plenty of encouragement and info for frustrated futurists.” Publishers Weekly
“Stefan Rudnicki delivers another quality narration. One of Wilson’s goals with both of his books was to take the material so seriously that absurdity shows through. Rudnicki understood this, and provided narration to match. Funny stuff.” SFFAudio.com

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Author Bio: Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center, and Intel Research Seattle. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 3.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English