For a while this was my chosen reading matter for Reading in the Smallest Room.
Daniel Wilson looks at all the gadgets and suchlike promised in science fiction books and films. Stuff like ray-guns, flying cars and underwater hotels. The tone is light-hearted, sometimes the humour seems a little forced.
There are thirty or so chapters each exploring a different item.
A chapter was usually sufficient to distract me from my early morning ablutions. There are illustrations by Richard Horne for each chapter in black, white and blue.
The book published in 2007, already seems a little dated as some of the technologies like self steering cars, have made great advances in the past decade. Also, in architecture, the Burj Khalifa has sailed past Taipei 101 as the world’s tallest skyscraper.
I found the book nether sufficiently serious nor sufficiently humorous for my taste. It was at best mildly entertaining.
My rating 3 out of 5 (and feeling that maybe a little generous)