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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: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455186877
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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.”

    Oregonian

  • “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.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lis | 1/7/2014

    " Cute and amusing gift book--that's the aim, anyway. Written by a scientist, but it's impossible to tell from the idiotic write-ups and lame jokes that make some of the most interesting science-fictional ideas (jetpacks, robot servants, universal translators, teleportation) into the most impressively boring pablum. Don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 12/31/2013

    " A great book detailing all of the science and technology we've all waited to see for years. It's easy to read, funny and has some great nostalgia references throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohit Mohan | 12/27/2013

    " the book is good that answers those nagging questions that always pop up when reading or watching science fiction and full mysteries. but i feel "the boy who played with dark matter" is better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siskoid Siskoid | 12/5/2013

    " It's a quick read, both amusing and informative, about the technology promised by 40s and 50s sci-fi that isn't around yet. Or if it is around, how advanced is it, where is it going, and why am I not using it? Good fun, and nicely illustrated by Richard Horne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Lewis | 11/13/2013

    " It read like a quicker, streamlined version of Physics of the Impossible with lots of humor thrown in, but that's not a bad thing at all. It's a quick and very enjoyable read, and my favorite Daniel Wilson book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 10/21/2013

    " A cool concept (writing a book about things that sci-fi writing/movies assumed would exist by now) executed somewhat poorly. It wasn't a really neat discussion as much as just a bunch of small features on things that anyone with an interest in sci-fi already knows. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 10/15/2013

    " Poor choice in audiobook. Delivery loses all tongue in cheek tone. Will have to read again later when my ebook list isn't so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 9/7/2013

    " Funny. I mean laugh out loud funny. May even buy a copy funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Piechocinski | 9/4/2013

    " Great bathroom reading book ... tells you why popular sci-fi gadgets are somewhat impractical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/28/2013

    " An easy to read style combined with an informative tone and a glib sense of humor make for a great overview of things that could have been, still might be or (surprisingly in some cases) already are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 3/2/2013

    " There's some very intriguing information here that I would have enjoyed reading about in greater detail. Unfortunately, the author chose to sacrifice much of the science for very obvious attempts at humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zelly | 1/11/2013

    " Amazing and stuff. I'm so articulate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/8/2012

    " Fun, geeky science book. Super quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 5/8/2012

    " A fun and entertaining look at the shining future all those sci fi books and comics have been promising for decades. I laughed out loud a number of times and the narrator gives a great deadpan reading. Fun and frothy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Briantoby | 4/28/2012

    " Seems like a good concept, but I found this tiresome quickly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Schofield | 4/12/2012

    " All I can say about this book is why is it in the part "Robot Pets" they don't talk about K-9 from Doctor Who but show a drawing of him?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 4/8/2012

    " Shorter and more blurby than I was expecting. Like blog entries, go figure. Clearly-explained science for us non-science folks, with a nice sense of humor. Fun random factoids that are handy at parties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 3/13/2012

    " Disappointing fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arapahoe Library District | 10/26/2011

    " If you've ever lamented the fact that you don't yet have your flying car, this book is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Horatio | 5/11/2011

    " Read my review at The Beak! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Biggs | 3/20/2011

    " It was funny and informative. Also quite interesting to see how much things have changed since 2006 to today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/10/2010

    " A fun book at the future that never was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 10/27/2010

    " It read like a quicker, streamlined version of Physics of the Impossible with lots of humor thrown in, but that's not a bad thing at all. It's a quick and very enjoyable read, and my favorite Daniel Wilson book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " A cool concept (writing a book about things that sci-fi writing/movies assumed would exist by now) executed somewhat poorly. It wasn't a really neat discussion as much as just a bunch of small features on things that anyone with an interest in sci-fi already knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 6/8/2010

    " I listened to the audio version ... a very tongue-in-cheek guide to the developmental status of various technologies commonly associated with science fiction. It lagged at times, but overall it was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/28/2009

    " An easy to read style combined with an informative tone and a glib sense of humor make for a great overview of things that could have been, still might be or (surprisingly in some cases) already are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 8/16/2009

    " answers why we never did get that jetpack or our flying cars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arapahoe Library District | 6/7/2009

    " If you've ever lamented the fact that you don't yet have your flying car, this book is for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 8/26/2008

    " I was expecting a bit more depth of science & technology, plus a bit more humor. But not bad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/30/2008

    " Shorter and more blurby than I was expecting. Like blog entries, go figure. Clearly-explained science for us non-science folks, with a nice sense of humor. Fun random factoids that are handy at parties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zelly | 7/23/2008

    " Amazing and stuff. I'm so articulate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 3/13/2008

    " A fun and entertaining look at the shining future all those sci fi books and comics have been promising for decades. I laughed out loud a number of times and the narrator gives a great deadpan reading. Fun and frothy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey | 12/10/2007

    " This book answered a lot of my questions. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson has a PhD in Robotics from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center, and Intel Research Seattle.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.