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Publisher's Summary

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilarious investigation into future technologies - from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3-D organ printing.
What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the holdup?
In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research and interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.
New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, Soonish investigates 10 different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.
©2017 Zach Weinersmith and Kelly Weinersmith (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By See Reverse on 04-16-18

Really Good-ish!

This book does a great job of walking through the technology trends of the current age, diving in to the consequences without getting as deep into it as Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book is technically sound, interesting, well-written, and funny.

Fair warning: As an audiobook, you'll hear "footnote" a lot during the performance. You'll probably get used to it, but if you can't get past the steady interruption you'll be annoyed.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Terrell on 01-17-18

Foot Note . . . Hell, Oh God, Damn it, Dumbass!

This book had a humor level that would have been great for my nine-year old, science loving son. The language, though not too offensive, was riddled with phrases that I'm trying to prevent from creeping into his vocabulary. For me that put it in an awkward space that reminded me of being read to by my sixth grade teacher only with mild swearing. Still, bits and pieces of the content are worth contemplating.

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55 of 60 people found this review helpful

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