The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past

The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past

Hardback Popular Mechanics

By (author) Gregory Benford, Edited by Popular Mechanics

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  • Publisher: Hearst Communications
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 236mm x 25mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1588168220
  • ISBN 13: 9781588168221
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes illustrations
  • Sales rank: 161,005

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This reveals the predictions made in "Popular Mechanics" magazine between 1903 and 1969 about what the future would hold! The forecasts range from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Snippets culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, stunning retro art, will capture the imagination of futurists. Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in "Popular Mechanics" magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here, the very best snippets culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art, will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford.

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Gregory Benford is a two-time winner of the Nebula Award, a professor of physics at the University of California and has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy, NASA and the White House Council on Space Policy. He is the author of more than 20 novels and 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.