Live like the Jetsons!

Future Travel coverFuture Travel

Submitter: This book is nonfiction.  Yes, really.  It was in our 629s, and now it is at my desk so I can show it to all the teachers who wonder where all the “lovely books” have gone. The lovely ones are still on the shelves.  Books like these, however, …

This book circulated a total of four times in the mid-1980s.

Holly: These future forecasting books are always so much fun! They are great choices for middle school libraries. Let’s just make sure that the future of which they speak isn’t supposed to be the present. Also, no matter how cool a book looks, four circulations 30+ years ago makes it an awful library book.

Side note: Can you just imagine some of your more “needy” patrons using jet belts? I can totally get on board with automatic highways, though. Could someone please make that happen?

Auto control highway

Personal jet packs

Family flying car

Travel to other planets


  1. I love the crazy steering apparatus coming out of the chest of the guy with the personal jet belt. “It’s just like hang gliding, Ma!”

    Also, I think the artist must have been a Star Trek fan. That interplanetary starship is a dead ringer for the Enterprise!

  2. That sentence about fossil fuels is just so sad! I wish that had been their future/our present. Although I’m not sure I’d like jet packs.

  3. This was part of a whole series of “Future …” books. While awesome to read, many of them are dated.

  4. I look at the last picture and I hear William Shatner saying, “Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. . . “

  5. The illustrations are beautiful. You should just move this to the fiction section or something.

  6. the Jet pack may take some training and some lives! I recall a book from the 1960s about 2000. There would be time travel or something. One thing did happen though: video phones!

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