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

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From the inside flap:

Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Now, this book-gorgeously illustrated with the original, futurist art-captures the most intriguing of those twentieth-century projections, ranging from the ruefully funny to the eerily accurate.

Gregory Benford, a Nebula Award-winning science-fiction author and former advisor to NASA, presents a modern perspective on why some of the predictions were made.

You'll read about:

Utopian cities with elevated sidewalks, sunken streets and skyscrapers composed almost entirely of synthetic materials.

*Relaxing at home with the latest gadgets such as: ultrasonic dishwashers, pneumatic armchairs, and durable asbestos dresses*Medical marvels like tooth transplants, heart boosters that plug into a power supply, and the cure for the common cold*

Personal aerial vehicles, nuclear-powered aircraft, and space suits made out of paperEven so, some predictions might still come to pass. Several--like weather control and space trips to the starts--could be within the reach of generations to come.

Book jacket folds out into a collectible poster.


Gregory Benford

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine in Very Fine dustjacket



Publishing Information

New York
Hearst Books

Physical Description

9.5 inches
7.5 inches
208 pages
color and black & white illustrations
pictorial boards