Soonish by Kelly Weinersmith


What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Za...

Details Soonish

Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreNonfiction, Science, Technology, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Humor, Comics, Physics, Adult, Abandoned, Did Not Finish

Reviews Soonish

  • Marie
    This book delves into technological realms that the authors feel could see gigantic leaps in our access to and use of in the future.  This novel was written by a brother and sister pair, the former,  a celebrated cartoonist and the latter, a noted researcher.  They interviewed many scientists across various fields of study to learn about up and coming technologies.  They start each segment by explaining where we are with a certain technology,...
  • Paperclippe
    If you're a citizen of the internet, you've seen Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Trust me, you have. If you think you haven't, go google "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal," and then be like, "Oh yeah, that," and then come back to this review.So, Zach and Kelly wrote a book.Pals, it's fantastic. So, it's funny. You were probably expecting that.So, it's got comics. You were probably expecting that.What you might not have been expecting was one ...
  • Virginia
    This is a really fun collection of ten technologies currently in R&D. The Weinersmiths combine fact and humor to create a book that's so informative and silly you'll want to read it again and again. Zach Weinersmith is the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a popular geek webcomic great for fans of XKCD. His wife, Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, is an accomplished scientist whose work has been featured through many popular science venues. They ...
  • Patrick
    I was bamboozled.I read a fantastic book called “Filmish” which uses a comic-book format to discuss the history of cinema.When I saw a book called “Soonish”, which promised “a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies”, I imagined a science-focused “Filmish”.This was not that book.The illustrations were sparse and amateurish, the humor falls flat in most places, and although the science is accurate enough, the...
  • Jose Moa
    It is about a indeterminate but near in time future,it extrapoles but not too much already existing technologies ,for in some way depict the world of tomorrow,mainly in the biological,medical,astronautic and information and comunication tecnologies,all with its advantages and dangers,the book also explains the today situation of technologies as astronautic,nuclear fussion reactors,3D printing,augmented reality,brain-computer interfaces,sinthetic ...
  • Sintija Buhanovska
    "Soonish" ir grāmata, kurā autori zinātniski asprātīgā veidā pastāsta par 10 šobrīd aktuālām tehnoloģiju tendencēm, kas, iespējams, jau drīz mainīs vai vismaz ietekmēs mūsu ikdienu. No Visuma izpētes līdz iedzimtu slimību izskaušanai - tik plaša ir grāmatas tematika. Lai lasīšana būtu aizraujošāka, darbā ir gana asprātīgas karikatūras, turklāt visnotaļ sarežģītās zinātniskās idejas autori prot izklāstīt...
  • Lisa Kucharski
    Enjoyed the book and the humor involved. It's nice to see what different people are seeing as the "on the horizon" tech. It's written with humor but also explains the reality of where things are and how far they are from happening be it, costly to well... we haven't worked out all the bugs yet... hmmm.The book covers 10 "areas". 1. Space Traveling. 2. Asteroid Mining 3. Fusion Power. 4. Programmable Matter (my fave) 5. Robotic Construction. 6. Au...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    I had problems with the layout and illustrations but that may have to do with the way I approach books. fairly good on the science with one misstep. i think she underestimates the prospects for quantum computing which might be on the verge of taking off as I write. Anyway not a book for me but that doesn't mean it is a bad book.
  • Matty-Swytla
    Well, this is a good book for people who know very little about latest technologies and developing scientific fields, but it may fall a little short for those who know more. It's still a good overview of most promising technologies and I'd recommend it, but somehow I expected a little more. I understand science had to be brought to a very simple level, but a little trust in readers wouldn't go amiss. The humour, though, didn't just fall flat but ...
  • Vegantrav
    Soonish is a rarity among popular science books on the technology of the future: it addresses but moves beyond the scientific aspects of the technology and asks and largely answers questions of feasibility and economics. Sadly, the answer for many of the fields that the authors address is that the technology is still so primitive that it is not feasible in the near future and may not be feasible for even many decades hence or even ever, and even ...
  • Drobinsky Alexander
    I failed to learn anything new from this book , probably because this book is a compilation of known latest technologies so any person who are follows up science news already familiar with most of content of this book besides jokes of doubtful quality.Also I found a bit offending an oversimplified explanation of basic science terms combined with nice while not exactly correct metaphors provided for easier understanding. On another hand I would li...
  • Cristina
    Power couple SMBC cartoonist & Rice University professor pick apart ten burgeoning fields of research: from space elevators, nanorobot swarms, 3D organ printing to brain-computer interfaces... and beyond! It’s no small feat predicting how upcoming technological advancements will play out -- both accidental discoveries and the complex dynamics of interacting fields of research can really throw a wrench in timelines (we were promised self-tying s...
  • Chris
    If you’ve paid any attention to the technologies in this book (AR, 3D printing, space elevators, etc), you won’t find much that’s new. The authors go on about each technology at excessive length, with no real overarching narrative nor any new reporting. Not recommended.
  • Kyle Bunkers
    If you enjoy SMBC, then you will enjoy this book. The authors do a good job of injecting their humor into well-done explanations of possible future technologies. They do a very fair job of evaluating what a possible future technology will do, its benefits and possible downsides, and they get a good spread of experts. The topics covered range from energy to biology to space travel.I didn't notice any major errors in any of the areas I was familiar...
  • Gregory
    I thoroughly enjoyed this silly romp through emerging tech. The science isn't too heavy, the humor is my style, and the authors aren't hype-machines (a common issue with future tech). The authors were right to trim each chapter and section to keep the pace moving (though it does slow down a little near the end).My biggest gripe is that the comics are mostly single-panel. That's fine, but the true strength of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (the...
  • Sarah
    I am interested in finishing this, but it had a hold. Understandable and fun. Not sure what's up with the formatting-- frequently there is a big chunk of blank space after a paragraph, which the reader might assume is the end of the chapter, but it's because there is a cartoon at the top of the next page, with additional text after that. The illustrations aren't so sensitive that they make sense one or two paragraphs out of context.
  • Deb Diner
    I don't read as much nonfiction as I should, but I'm very glad I got this as a Chanukah gift; it's an engaging, humorous, well-researched look at where the world may be heading in the next few decades (or not). Reading it also introduced me to the "Science... sort of" podcast, which is informative and delightful. Highly recommend them both!
  • Laci
    Really good. The authors provide an overview of state of the art in every field, outline some difficulties that will need to be overcome, and make some potential prognoses. It seems to be pretty down-to-Earth, no sci-fi fantasies or such. And it really is written in a way that ensures no scientific background is necessary.
  • Peter Tillman
    I didn't like the smartass writing style, the humor left me cold, I didn't much like the cartoons, and I wasn't learning anything. 1.5 stars, rounded up.Note that this is a minority opinion, and I'm unusually grumpy around the holidays. I'm giving up after skimming about halfway. Back it goes!
  • Paula Lyle
    This book is entirely entertaining and funny. Real science with irreverent humor and great stories. I'm not sure that I really got all the science, but that is not the fault of the authors. Very interesting.
  • Richard Townsend
    This book brings together two of my favorite things to read: pro-and-con debates on upcoming tech (along with a guestimate of whether the tech will ever happen) and cartoon strips scattered throughout with a "far-side" viewpoint of each topic. Bonus points for an extensive Bibliography at the end. This is the type of paper I always wanted to write when I started in academia.
  • Ryan
    For a science/technology read, Soonish is great. The authors go through various in-development technologies from cheap space travel to automated construction to personalized medicine. They do a good job of describing the current state of the technology, the future outlook/feasibility, how it could improve the world, and some of the troubles it could cause. The whole book also includes a level of humor I found entertaining. My only complaint is th...
  • Amber
    As a self-described "future optimist," I quickly engrossed myself in Soonish, which I won in a Goodreads Giveaway.Each chapter was laid out in a similar structure, with a layman's term description of an emerging technology, the current state of progress, concerns, and finally the expected benefits. Plenty of interesting thoughts and puns were riddled throughout, causing me to "hm!" out loud, to the bane of my husband who had to endure my constant...
  • David Schwan
    This book looks at some existing technologies and makes predictions about how they will develop in the future. The early chapters explained som things that are not neccessarily obvious. Airplane engines have quite different characteristics depending at what speed they work. You can build your own device to fuse atoms (yes nuclear fusion), it will randomly and on a very infrequent basis create helium and emit a neutron.Mostly this books shows how ...
  • David
    Available as a 10-hour audio download, read by the authors (scientist wife, cartoonist husband). If you acquire the audio version and wish to see the illustrations done for the print version by the cartoonist husband, get the 118-page .pdf download for free here.This book is full of ideas that are both fascinating and worth knowing about, so listening to it is an excellent way to make driving/exercising/cooking/etc. into a time when you try to ca...
  • Rachel Noel
    I picked this book up because I'm a fan of Zach Weinersmith's web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC). I actually pre-ordered the book because I liked his writing and non-fiction about technology is usually a big win with me. I was not disappointed!The potential technologies brought up in Soonish were not just computer science based. They cover many areas of science including medical, world enhancements and energy. Many of the topics c...
  • D.L. Morrese
    Technological advances can change the world. They have before. Human civilization was significantly altered in the not-so-distant past by indoor plumbing, steam power, and the assembly line. Imagine how different your life would be without electricity, automobiles, computers, and the internet. One can argue about the costs and benefits, but no one can dispute that such things have had wide-ranging impacts on how we live. Innovations like these we...
  • Adam
    This was a fun and interesting book, but it wasn't exceptional in my opinion. Somehow I guess I thought the technology they'd be exploring would be more fascinating or exceptional or obscure or something like that. As an avid reader of sci-fi (the good stuff, I think), almost all of these potential technologies were fairly familiar to me. And as an occasional follower of science news, I had a somewhat decent idea of "where we are now". Still, the...
  • Terry
    The Weinersmith's do an admirable job of outlining both the promise and problems of a set of future technologies. The research seemed to come from a combination of interviews, books, and academic articles and is largely intended for an audience with a low level of prior understanding. Where topics are explained from first principles, they are done so with fresh metaphors and examples. The jokes don't get in the way. The end of chapter notes are s...
  • Tony
    Some of these emerging technologies are things with which I was already acquainted. In all cases, though, they taught me things of which I was unaware. And that's a good thing; this book was well worth the time.The only problem I see with this book is that it's going to have a rather limited shelf life. The problem with documenting the current, bleeding-edge of technology is that, in a year or so, it's no longer the bleeding-edge. So, they're eit...