High-Tech Highways and Super Skyways: The Next 100 Years of Transportation

9781491482667. ea vol: illus. by Alan Brown. 32p. (Our World: The Next 100 Years). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2016. lib. ed. $22.90.
Gr 4–7—Emphasizing how our past is crucial to determining our future, this unique set looks at how technology has changed over the last century and considers how continued technological advancements will affect life on Earth over the course of the next 100 years. Fictionalized futurologist Luna Li, the central character, helps a diverse group of students—and by extension, the audience—think critically about what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change in each volume's three distinct sections: "Where Have We Been?" "Where Are We Going Next?" and "By the Year 2120." The graphic format is both entertaining and highly accessible, demystifying potentially complex ideas. While the artwork appears hazy at times, it complements the uncertain nature of futurology. The inclusion of a sidebar at the bottom of some of the pages offers additional noteworthy material without diminishing the primary content.
In this graphic introduction to energy technologies, fictional "futurist" Luna Li and companions tour a present-day coal plant; travel twenty-five years into the future to examine the state of natural gas, wind, solar, and other power technologies; then jump to 2120 to look at possible future technologies. The comic-panel illustrations featuring cutting-edge technologies add interest to a contrived frame story. Reading list. Glos., ind.

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