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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel H. Wilson Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A]n amusing look at technological innovations that haven’t quite come to be...Where’s My Jetpack?...is surprisingly informative.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Weidinger | 1/29/2014

    " the future is now and not impressed, hovercraft, dolphins, lots of fictional items still being refined or in development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chelsey | 1/14/2014

    " This book answered a lot of my questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marouzer | 1/11/2014

    " It's a little dated. I'd like to see an update on the things that were in progress when the book was published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 1/7/2014

    " A pleasant enough little book that I finished in a matter of hours. It reads more like a series of short, humorous articles out of Popular Science than anything else. The tone is light and breezy, almost funny in spots. Almost scholarly in spots. Don't expect too much and you won't be too disappointed. "

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