Adam Fisher is the author of Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom), named a top book for 2018 by both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the BBC. He lives near San Francisco and writes for Wired, MIT Technology Review, and the New York Times Magazine.
Evel Knievel, Astronaut
The strange but
true Truax story of the world’s first private space program.
The Mushroom Man’s Magic
Artist Phil Ross built sculptures, furniture, and houses with fungi. Now, his mycelium material is being used in Hermès bags, and his company is worth millions. The unlikely entrepreneur’s next idea: lederhosen, made from the fleshy plants.
On a Wing and a Prayer
With punk rocker audacity and aerospace bona fides, Dezső Molnár is out to build a street-legal flying car. The materials? Four wings, three wheels, a lipstick-red propeller, and duct tape—lots and lots of duct tape. Oh, and a little Jesus juice, too.