More Future Stuff: Over 250 Future Products That Will Change Your Life by 2001

Malcolm Abrams, Author, Harriet Bernstein, With Penguin Books $10.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-14-014523-6
This sequel to Future Stuff is not so much a book as a catalogue for products already created or in the process of development but not yet on the market, a ``window-shopping expedition to the year 2001.'' The volume is a testimonial to America's blind faith in technology as progress. Can't learn to park your car? Volkswagenp. vii will design one that can do it for you. Too lazy to exercise? An anti-aging chair will keep you in shape. In addition, the authors greet every new product with the same gee-whiz tone. Consequently, there is little difference between their reaction to edible food tape (to hold together those messy meals like burritos) and a drug that relieves the agony of migraine headaches. Moreover, for a book that pays a lot of lip service to environmental concerns, to trumpet the arrival of such instant solid waste as a disposable videocassette is nothing short of absurd. Most of the gadgets enshrined in this volume are merely useless toys. Worst of all, the author's only source of information on virtually all of the inventions is or are?pk is the inventors themselves. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
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