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When I picked this book it was because I wanted to know about nanotechnology, and skipped to Part 4 of 9. I ended up reading the rest of the book because it’s a treasure trove of ideas that makes it impossible for anyone searching for writing inspiration to be bored, whether it’s adding spice to a main meal or creating the meal ideal. Physics of the Future is a recipe book for sci-writers. It’s not specifically designed for us and won’t teach you craft or character etc, but it is written by a theoretical physicist who’s seen some of the world’s most exciting stuff. What’s cooler than that when you’re an aspiring geek? The 9 ‘future’ topics Michio Kaku deals with are:


  1. The Computer
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Medicine
  4. Nanotechnology
  5. Energy
  6. Space Travel
  7. Wealth
  8. Humanity
  9. ‘A Day in the Life’


Here’s what I like about this book:


  • It’s designed to be read in chapter order, but you can dip in and out of it just as easily if you just want to look up one or two ideas
  • There’s a certain amount of acknowledgement that predicting the future is speculative and often very imprecise, yet the author does form firm opinions about where we’ll be by the 22nd century
  • The science is accessible without the reader needing an overly heavy knowledge of any of the things involved (although in places background knowledge does help)
  • There’s a recommended ‘further reading’ section at the end
  • The ‘Day in the Life’ section at the end is fun – it’s a re-cap of some of the ideas talked about in 1-8, and it’s written in the 2nd Person, which we all know you hardly ever see….and it’s entertaining! Michio Kaku is actually a pretty decent fiction writer, even though it’s really designed not as a short story but a creative science lesson.
  • The whole book provides an interesting idea of timescale when thinking about the ‘evolution’ of human inventions – always useful for futuristic worldbuilding
  • There are some pretty good history lessons in this book as well as science ones