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

Author(s): Gregory Benford

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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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  • : 9781588168221
  • : Hearst Communications, Incorporated
  • : Hearst Communications, Incorporated
  • : October 2010
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  • : books

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  • : Gregory Benford
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 609
  • : 208