Where's My Jetpack?

Where's My Jetpack?

A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived

By Daniel H. Wilson; Richard Horne (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781596911369, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2007


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.

About the Author
Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Wilson is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine and author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising (Bloomsbury 2005), voted best book of 2006 by WIRED Magazine, as well as Where s My Jetpack? (Bloomsbury 2007) and How to Build a Robot Army (Bloomsbury 2008). His forthcoming books include Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Rivalry and The Robonomicon. Three of his books (Robot Uprising, Robot Army, and Bro-Jitsu) were optioned by Paramount Pictures, and he penned the screenplay based on Bro-Jitsu. Wilson hosted The Works on the History Channel, which aired Fall 2008.

Richard Horne is a British writer, graphic designer, and artist whose bestselling books (published in sixteen languages worldwide) include 101 Things to Do Before You Die, 101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring, and 101 Things You Need to Know . . . and Some You Don't! The illustrator of The Dangerous Book for Boys, Horne also designed and illustrated the covers for J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter School Books for Comic Relief series, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages. He lives in London.