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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sagan's futures

Nick Sagan, imaginative sci-fi writer and my onetime colleague at Space.com, has a new book out: You Call This the Future?: The Greatest Inventions Sci-Fi Imagined and Science Promised. Alan Boyle has a discussion here. Excerpt:
Think of "You Call This the Future?" as a pocket guide to the best (and the worst) ideas about future tech, with quick bites tracing the sci-fi roots of those ideas and gauging how close they've come to reality. Yes, there's the jetpack and the flying car, along with warp drives, time travel and marauding cyborgs. Even virtual
sex
, a la Woody Allen's "Sleeper," comes in for a reality check.
I haven't seen the book yet, but Nick is always interesting. My review of his earlier Idlewildis here.

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