Celebrate Popular Mechanics' most glorious visions of the future pastS

A new book by Gregory Benford will celebrate the amazing innovations that Popular Mechanics promised us over the first seven decades of the 20th century — but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite Popular Mechanics whizbang moments.

The book The Wonderful Future That Never Was just went up for preorder on Amazon, and it looks like it'll be jam-packed with awesome pictures and cool ideas you'll wish had come true. Here's the blurb from Amazon:

This reveals the predictions made in "Popular Mechanics" magazine between 1903 and 1969 about what the future would hold! The forecasts range from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Snippets culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, stunning retro art, will capture the imagination of futurists. Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in "Popular Mechanics" magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here, the very best snippets culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art, will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford.

We can't wait to see a copy! But for now, here are some awesome Popular Mechanics predictions, some of which actually came true.

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