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The Word of the Future

Preview of Coming Attractions

What's going to happen... tomorrow... next month... next year? People have always been curious about the future. But today, things are changing so rapidly that it's hard to imagine what the future will be like. Your parents and grandparents have experienced many changes during their lifetimes. They've seen faraway cities linked by fast jet planes. They've witnessed the beginnging of space travel, the discovery of atomic energy, and the invention of television. These changes have been amazing. But the changes you will experience during your lifetime may be even more astonishing.

By the year 2010 -- when you're in your 30s or 40s -- you may live in a house that's "grown" from living plants -- or in an underground house -- or on the 500th floor of a mile-high building. You may be able to travel to any city in the world in a matter of two or three hours. And you may be spending your vacation at a resort on the moon or in a hotel orbiting the Earth. Does this sound like science fiction? It's not. This picture of a future world has been painted by scientists and other experts who study what is likely to happen in the years ahead. Living houses, mile-high cities and space hotels are just a few of the possibilities they foresee. In this book, you'll read about these predictions and many more.

Of course, no one knows for sure what the future will bring. Some things will come true. Some will not. And some totally unexpected things wll happen. When you read some of the predictions, you may think "That's impossible." Don't be too certain. If you keep this book and look through it 30 years from now, you may find that what really happened was even more fantastic than anyone imagined.


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