Jetpack Dreams by Mac Montandon

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Jetpack Dreams chronicles the colorful pop history and science of that most amazing and mysterious of machines: the jetpack. Fueled by a fascination and lifelong obsession with the power of flight, journalist Mac Montandon goes on a vastly entertaining search of the elusive invention. He examines the jetpack’s inspiration from the first shoulder-mounted wings to Bill Suitor’s 1984 Olympic flight, even uncovering a gruesome jetpack-related murder in Houston. From the earliest days of the ’pack to its enduring role in popular culture—with Buck Rogers, James Bond, Boba Fett—Montandon seeks to answer two simple questions: Where is the jetpack that was promised to him, and to all of us, years ago? And if it’s out there, can he catch a ride?

About Mac Montandon

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Mac Montandon is the editor of Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader. He has written for the New York Times, Radar,, and Interview. He lives in Brooklyn.
Published October 28, 2008 by Da Capo Press. 276 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A breezy niche history of a staple of pulp adventures.

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Generations of boys, inspired by characters from Buck Rogers to Boba Fett, have dreamed of flying with jetpacks strapped to their backs. Freelance writer Montandon, editor of <EMPHASIS TYPE=ITALIC

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SF Signal

REVIEW SUMMARY: Jetpack Dreams is a book I really wanted to love, but in the end it just became a collection of interesting anecdotes about the slightly odd people who are still pursuing the idea of a personal flying device (aka, jetpack or rocketbelt.) I enjoyed the writing style and the indivi...

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Ars Technica

On April 20, 1961, "a date that for jetpack obsessives carries as much significance as July 20, 1969 carries for space nuts," Bell Labs first launched its Rocket Belt prototype at New York's Niagara Airport.

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