Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything

July 20, 2019 - Comment

**The New York Times Bestseller**’Space elevators, gold asteroids, and fusion-powered toasters – who knew science could be so much fun? Soonish is hilarious, provocative, and shamelessly informative’ Tim Harford, author of Messy and The Undercover EconomistFrom a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation

**The New York Times Bestseller**’Space elevators, gold asteroids, and fusion-powered toasters – who knew science could be so much fun? Soonish is hilarious, provocative, and shamelessly informative’ Tim Harford, author of Messy and The Undercover EconomistFrom a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologiesWhat will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why don’t we have a lunar colony yet?In this witty and entertaining book, Zach and Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of the transformative technologies that are coming next – from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters – and explain how they will change our world in astonishing ways. By weaving together their own research, interviews with pioneering scientists and Zach’s trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these innovations are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

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Anonymous says:

Good book with plenty of interesting content but maybe a little too US centric Like many other reviewers, I am a longtime reader of SMBC and had high hopes for this book, pre-ordering it as soon as it was first mentioned and available on Amazon UK. However, like those reviewers, I was also a tiny bit disappointed too. It’s possibly my high hopes that are at fault here as the book has a load of good content, but I was expecting more from the cartoons/comedy, and it was quite US centric. Also some topics I would have preferred a deeper dive.Still, a good read…

Anonymous says:

Nice book, would be better if authors didn’t try so hard to be funny A nice book with useful background info not just on the current crop of hyped technologies but also a bit more insight into how well that hype is justified.Mostly a very enjoyable read, my two criticisms are:A) Authors are really trying VERY hard to be funny/ironic. Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t and it just grates.B) Often, especially later on in the book, authors descend into the kind of hype that the book ideally would help evaluate/demystify: that’s especially…

Anonymous says:

Easy to read, fun and informative This is one of the best science books for the general public I have come across. It is easy to read, in words any one from GCSE can understand. Peppered with cartoons, it makes for a light hearted read on serious subjects.I bought the book direct from the Authors when it came out.

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