SoonishEmerging Technologies That'll Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Author(s): Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith


The instant New York Times bestseller!


A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year!

A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year!

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D 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 hold-up?

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, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, 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 ten 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.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays!


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This is an excellent, funny book. If you like SMBC then you'll love this book, and if you've never heard of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal you should check it out after you buy this book. They do a great job of melding science and humour. I'd recommend this book to anyone.

Alicia, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780399563829
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Press
  • : January 2017
  • : 23.00 cmmm X 17.90 cmmm X 2.60 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 601/.12
  • : 368