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Where's My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson
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Nov 05, 07

bookshelves: science, reference
Recommended for: The Jetsons' robot whore.
Read in November, 2007

It doesn't matter how old you are, at some point when you were young, you probably thought that when you were older, you'd have a personal jetpack, your own robot slave and you'd be able to have sex with a toaster that looks like mom. Or something. But those wonderful developments we were all promised never came to pass. Daniel H. Wilson wants to explain why. To that end, 'Where's my Jetpack' is a mixed bag of nuts. It tackles ideas from science fiction and reality, ideas that fifty years ago seemed like a forgone futuristic inevitability, and then tells us what the present state of research on each subject is. Teleportation, for example; he starts with Star Trek then tells us about old men in a labratory teleporting a photon of light in 1993. Etc, etc. It's a fun book, and revealing, but people interested in a deeper examination of stuff like this might look to The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence Krauss. Where's My Jetpack is fun, you'll be able to read it in a day, and it doesn't hurt your head. But for what it is, and for how its presented, it is remarkably unfunny...

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