You Call This the Future?: The Greatest Inventions Sci-Fi Imagined and Science Promised

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Examining the 50 coolest, most stylish, and most popular futuristic inventions, this handbook peers through the lens of today’s science, looking at which ones have become reality and how they work, and which are still in the imagined future—will we ever get to ride our jetpacks? From prototype to realization, the technological evolution of each invention—such as the Star Trek communicator, which has become today’s cell phone; the robot pets of Dr. Who; Vanilla Sky's cryonics; and even Sleeper’s ...

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Overview

Examining the 50 coolest, most stylish, and most popular futuristic inventions, this handbook peers through the lens of today’s science, looking at which ones have become reality and how they work, and which are still in the imagined future—will we ever get to ride our jetpacks? From prototype to realization, the technological evolution of each invention—such as the Star Trek communicator, which has become today’s cell phone; the robot pets of Dr. Who; Vanilla Sky's cryonics; and even Sleeper’s orgasmatron—is charted in this veritable history of the future.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fast, absorbing read."  —Edge Publications

"A pocket guide to the best (and the worst) ideas about future tech."  —MSNBC.com

Publishers Weekly
Science fiction writer Sagan (Idlewild) teams up with journalists Frary (Codebreaker) and Walker (Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security) for a delightful "expedition in search of the future," providing clear explanations of today's cutting-edge technologies in transportation, computers, weapons and domestic life to find where science fiction has become reality. They explain why the jet pack, first featured in Buck Roger's 1920s comic strip, is a loser, but that a flying car appears promising. Jules Verne comes out a big winner with his 1865 prediction of the space shuttle in From Earth to the Moon, as do the 1966 Star Trek episodes featuring pocket computers, Robert Heinlein's 1940s short story anticipating cell phones, Dick Tracy's video-phone and Da Vinci's mechanical knight (forerunner to the humanoid Honda Asimo robot and the Roomba vacuum cleaner). Also included are amazing in-development devices such as the eyephone (suggested in a 1952 story by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth), which projects visual images directly onto the retina, with potential for helping the vision-impaired. Full-color photos, charts, graphics and diagrams make each profile pop, taking readers seamlessly from H.G. Wells to military stealth technology (and the promise of a real invisible man).
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Edge Publications
A fast, absorbing read.
Edge
A fast, absorbing read.
MSNBC.COM
A pocket guide to the best (and the worst) ideas about future tech.
PW.com
A delightful 'expedition in search of the future.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556526855
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Sagan is the son of astronomer Carl Sagan and the author of the bestselling sci-fi novels Idlewild, Edenborn, and Everfree. He writes screenplay adaptations of science fiction, animation episodes, and computer games for studios such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal, and Disney, as well as for Tom Cruise's and Martin Scorsese's production companies. Mark Frary is a science and technology writer. He is the coauthor of Codebreaker: The Secret History of Communication. Andy Walker is the author of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses and a cohost and coproducer of the video podcast Lab Rats.

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