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The Wonderful Future That Never Was

Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past

Gregory Benford, The Editors of Popular Mechanics


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Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in "Popular Mechanics" about what the future would hold. Here are the very best of them, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art plus chapter introductions by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author, and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford. Endlessly fascinating. --"Booklist." "A wonderful coffee-table book that you will also want to read page-by-page." --Joe Haldeman, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of "The Forever War." All these fantastically fabulous futures, and I get to live in none of them--and no, having an iPod Touch does not make up for it--but at least I have this book, which almost does. --John Scalzi, bestselling author of "Old Man's War.

Hearst Books, 9781588169754, 207pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

About the Author

Gregory Benford is a two-time winner of the Nebula Award and a professor of physics at the University of California. He is the author of more than 20 novels, including "Jupiter Project," "Artifact," "Against Infinity," "Eater," and "Timescape." Benford has won the John W. Campbell Award, the Australian Ditmar Award, the 1995 Lord Foundation Award for achievement in the sciences, and the 1990 United Nations Medal in Literature."Popular Mechanics" inspires, instructs, and influences 9 million curious minds that read the magazine every month. The magazine features breakthroughs in the latest innovations in science and technology.