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

The Wonderful Future That Never Was by Gregory Benford
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Jun 09, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, cover-love, science-fiction, science, future
Read in June, 2011

Essentially, this is a collection of past predictions of what future advances in technology would bring, as originally published in Popular Mechanics. Think Tomorrowland, at least the new version: the future of the past. It is really neat to read through some of the predictions. Some are true, or close enough to be considered so. Some just barely missed the mark. And some are so far off you have to wonder who ever thought it would be a good idea. Milk made from kerosene? An entirely washable house that can be cleaned by hose?

Two problems, though. The original art is awesome, but it's mostly been cropped or blown up to the point of making it impossibly grainy. Not a great way to treat what is really great art. Also, it wasn't clear to me if these were the original words from the magazine, or rewritten for the book.

Probably only of real interest to science and science fiction nerds, which covers me nicely.
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