Those who, like me, grew up on the dreams of golden age science fiction writers like Robert A. Heinlein, might find some solace in these news from The Telegraph.

Ever dreamed of owning your own jetpack? It could soon become reality after developers of a personalised jetpack said aviation regulators had issued a flying permit for the device, which could be on sale in just two years.

And if they rage against the automobile now, imagine how much those who wish to control others will hate a personal transportation device with the range of a jetpack.

Of course, as far as I’m concerned it’s too little too late. I want a flying car, as in The Puppet Masters or even a flying whole house as in Clifford Simak’s works. It’s the ideal vacation for a writer — fly your house over there, and look vaguely out of the office window at your family enjoying themselves in new surroundings!

See also Charlie Martin today: “Where’s My Jetpack”


image courtesy shutterstock / Mike Heywood