How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

Category: Book
By (author): North, Ryan
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
  HUMOR / Form / Trivia
  REFERENCE / Personal & Practical Guides
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Get ready to make history. . . better.

What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past . . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat?

Don't worry: in How to Invent Everything, bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North has figured out the answers to those four questions - and more - just for you. This guide contains all the science, engineering, mathematics, art, music, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Your new world will be one in which humanity matured quickly and efficiently, instead of doing what we did (i.e., spending 200,000 years stumbling around without language, thinking disease was caused by weird smells, and living completely oblivious to the fact that tying a rock to a string would unlock navigating the entire world).

How to Invent Everything is a deeply researched history of the key technologies that made each stage of human civilization possible (from writing and farming to buttons and birth control), but it's as fun and entertaining as a good time-travel novel. It will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to thrive - in any point in history. And, on the off chance you don't one day find yourself stranded in time, this fascinating guide to the ideas and technologies that made us who we are today will at least allow you to make some really interesting cocktail-party small talk with a complete stranger.
Review Quote*Praise for Ryan North and his books:

"[Romeo and/or Juliet is] Shakespeare with even more sex, cryptography, time travel, and alternate endings than the original! Ryan North is the only writer I know who's smart enough and funny enough to pull this off." -Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy

"[Romeo and/or Juliet is a] ridiculously fun book. . . . Ryan North is awesome. . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . so crazy, so much fun. . . . It's fantastic." -Book Riot

"[The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl] was freaking hilarious . . . it's the closest thing the Marvel universe has to a classic screwball sitcom." -Nerdist

"Reference mixed with irreverence-that's what makes To Be or Not to Be so much fun." -Slate

"Ryan North's The Best of Dinosaur Comics: 2003–2005 A.D. had me howling with laughter and passing the book around to whomever I could lay hands on to point out particularly good strips. Dinosaur Comics is an unlikely gem of a webcomic." -Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Machine of Death is a marvelous collection, riddled with intelligence, creative reach, and a frankness that makes the best use of the central gimmick." -Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club

"This Is How You Die is a brilliantly addictive book that reads like a series of existential, death-obsessed Twilight Zone episodes. Very highly recommended." -Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Biographical NoteRyan North is the New York Times-bestselling author of two chooseable-path Shakespeare books, Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not to Be. He's the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Adventure Time, Jughead, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics, and he has a master's in computational linguistics from the University of Toronto. Ryan lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.