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, 2008 - Social Science - 261 pages
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Jetpack Dreams chronicles the colorful pop history and science of that most amazing and mysterious of machines, the jetpack. While exploring our collective fascination with flight, the tale takes readers from the first flimsy, shoulder-mounted wings to Bill Suitor’s 1984 Olympic flight in front of billions of viewers around the world; from a gruesome jetpack-driven murder in Houston in the mid-1990s to the secret laboratories and government facilities of today. Journalist Mac Montandon also explores Hollywood’s fascination with the subject, from the 1949 serial King of the Rocket Men to Lost in Space, The Jetsons and The Rocketeer to the cultural jetpack phenomenon represented by Buck Rogers, James Bond, and Boba Fett. He travels the world to meet jetpack enthusiasts who are readying their own personal flying machines for takeoff. Ultimately, it’s the search for an answer to 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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User Review  - chrisod - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - Barry Bridges - Goodreads

I always wanted a jetpack. So did every young man growing up in the 60's. We got a pocket computer, and a wristwatch phone, why not a jetpack? Montandon explores the dream and why the science just can't make it happen (yet). 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, Salon, and Interview, among many others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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