Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was

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Da Capo Press, Oct 28, 2008 - Science - 304 pages
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Jetpack Dreams chronicles the colorful pop history and science of that most amazing and mysterious of machines: the jetpack. Fueled by a fascination and lifelong obsession with the power of flight, journalist Mac Montandon goes on a vastly entertaining search of the elusive invention. He examines the jetpack's inspiration from the first shoulder-mounted wings to Bill Suitor's 1984 Olympic flight, even uncovering a gruesome jetpack-related murder in Houston. From the earliest days of the 'pack to its enduring role in popular culture—with Buck Rogers, James Bond, Boba Fett—Montandon seeks to answer two simple questions: Where is the jetpack that was promised to him, and to all of us, years ago? And if it's out there, can he catch a ride?

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One man's quest to answer the question, where the hell are those jetpacks that the future promised us? The answer, unfortunately, is far, far away, but we get to meet an oddball assortment of dreamers along the way that refuse to wait on the future. Read full review

JETPACK DREAMS: One Man's Up and Down (but Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was

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A breezy niche history of a staple of pulp adventures.Mid-20th-century science-fiction fans took for granted that another 50 years would bring a cure for cancer, interplanetary travel, world ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Mac Montandon is the editor of Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader. He has written for the New York Times, Radar,, and Interview. He lives in Brooklyn.

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