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, Humor, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Popular Science, Physics, Unfinished, Abandoned

Reviews Soonish

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Q:Fortunately, predicting the future is pretty easy. People do it all the time. Getting your prediction right is a bit harder, but honestly, does anyone really care? (c)Q:There was a study in 2011 called “Are Talking Heads Blowing Hot Air,”* in which the predictive abilities of twenty-six pundits were assessed. Predictive powers ranged from mostly right to usually wrong.*For most people, the pleasure of reading this study was the discovery th...
  • 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 husband and wife pair, the former, a cartoonist and the latter, a noted Rice University 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, ...
  • Jenna
    "You promised me Mars colonies, and all I got was all of human knowledge indexed and available to everyone on Earth for free." Remember watching "Back to the Future" and thinking we'd have hoverboards and self-tying shoes by now? Does it ever frustrate you that technology doesn't progress FASTER than what it does? Like, "What the heck are those scientists doing? They can't grow us new bodies yet?? What's the big hold up, this one is falling apart...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Imagine you are at a dinner party and you meet a new person, let’s call him Bob. Now you quickly realise that Bob is super intelligent, and you start having the most interesting conversations. The problem is Bob spits when he talks. Its highly annoying (and unhygienic) and you end up cutting the chat short.Reading this book was something like that. The content is highly interesting, but the way it was told was off-putting.If you can ignored the...
  • 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 ...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    SoonishTen Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everythingby Dr. Kelly Weinersmith; Zach WeinersmithThis is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.This book is an informative and fun book to read. Not only does it give the reader ideas for what might be coming along in the future and what that might mean for mankind (good or bad) but it is done in a very humorous way! It sure got a few chuckles and giggles ou...
  • Carlos
    This was such an interesting book, I have to admit that some of the information is a little bit too complex for the average person but the humor imbedded into the book helps the reader to process all the information a little better. There were some amazing ideas explored in the book (such as a elevator to an asteroid to make space exploration cheaper, meteor mining and advances in medicine) , but there were some crazy ones that seemed a little to...
  • 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...
  • Tim
    This book is looking at our world and tries to make predictions where science and technology will lead us. The book is split into sections: ‘the universe’, ‘stuff’, and ‘you’ containing a range of topics such as asteroid mining, augmented reality, brain-computer interfaces, and space elevators. As well as diving into the science, Soonish explores some of the economic and ethical implications around these technologiesThe skills of a sc...
  • Bryan Alexander
    A delightful and deeply researched look into the possible future of certain technologies, Soonish is a fine feast for the mind.We read this for my online book club. Several posts have tons of material: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (tk).
  • 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 ...
  • Meow
    I’d been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it and finally got my hands on a copy. It was well worth keeping it at the top of my “wanna read desperately” books.This husband and wife team have put together an amazing thing here. Each chapter really reads like a short story. All you’ve heard, all you have thought of, for future realities can be found here along with the obligatory “robot” . Expertly researched, fantasti...
  • Joaquin Garza
    Increible, emocionante e interesante. Asi deberian ser todos los libros de divulgacion. Cumple su cometido de tal manera que deja a uno asombrado y contento de haber leído un libro de ciencia de 335 paginas, amen de darle una serie interesantísima de temas de conversación.Creo que el libro funciona tan bien porque mezcla y balancea la posibilidad de tecnologías e investigaciones en desarrollo con un humor y una accesibilidad sumamente finos. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jeff
    This was a fun and interesting read. Soonish is about “ten emerging technologies that’ll improve and/or ruin everything”. Dr. Kelly Weinersmith does the heavy lifting with the science writing while her husband, Zach, adds the mostly humorous, sometimes scientific cartoons found throughout the book. I’ve read my share of future science books which present the “oh, wow” and “shiny-happy” version of the future, and I think what sets ...
  • Jack Heath
    This is the perfect book for people who find most pop science either too gloomy or too optimistic. The authors have gone to enormous trouble to explain emerging technologies in a cautiously hopeful way, with plenty of little-known details and some gleefully childish jokes along the way.Even if you already think you know what a space elevator is, or who Dr Gerald Bull was, or what augmented reality can do, or how 3D printers might revolutionise ho...
  • Noah Goats
    This was pretty good. The Weinersmiths have a knack for explaining technology in terms that can easily be understood by the layman, making Soonish a very readable book. I noticed several other reviewers here have praised this book for being funny. I would say that it’s written in a light and humorous tone, but it’s not really “funny” because the individual jokes never quite land. But that’s okay. It’s interesting.I listened to this in...
  • 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.
  • Chintushig Tumenbayar
    Ирээдүйг өөрчлөх 10 технологийн нээлттэй танилцах таатай байлаа. Эрдэмтэд зохион бүтээгчид төдий л ил гардаггүй, бүтээл нь биеллээ олсны дараагаар хүрдэг учир энэ төрлийн ярилцлага материал шинэ харах өнцөг өгдөг юм шиг санангддаг шүү. Энэ ном ч ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Let's Geek
    Read the full review here: Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything is a surprisingly entertaining and educating book about space travel, asteroid farming and other future technologies. A must read for the curious geek. Total Rating: 9.4/10 Originality: 9/10Language: 10/10Atmosphere: 9/10Education: 10/10Illustrations: 9/10Fun: 9/10Creativity: 10/10Believable: 10/10Relevancy: 10/10Cover: 8/10...
  • 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...