Where’s My Jetpack? A guide to the amazing science fiction future that never arrived – Daniel H. Wilson, PhD.
Allen & Unwin Bloomsbury, 2007
Reviewed by Cat Sparks
I have to confess that I wanted to like this book long before I actually opened it. It’s a stylish-looking publication, all jet black and silver and shimmering electric blue. Author Wilson, whose previous title How to Survive a Robot Uprising also piques my interest, takes us through a selection of familiar SF tropes: flying cars, teleportation, unisex jumpsuits, space elevators, cryogenic freezing and ray guns, etc, outlines their position in our cultural consciousness, then explains where we’re at with them all, scientifically speaking, in terms of the here and now. Wilson writes with good humour and he knows his stuff.