Ever wonder what the future has in store for us? We feel that the truth is that nobody will know but God or some other Superior Being. However, strangely, there have been a few people who have been able to predict the future, for eg, the Johnny Bravo episode that showed the World Trade Centre on fire, or the time The Simpsons showed Donald Trump being nominated for President.
Incidentally, there were instances in the past where writers predicted the future quite accurately. Here is a list of the writers, with their works and their predictions:
1. The World Set Free (1914) by H.G Wells
First recorded reference to the Atomic Bomb which would create carnage in Japan during World War 2
2. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift
Successfully predicted the presence of two moons orbiting the planet of Mars in 1726, discovered only in 1877. It is still one of the most famous children’s books to date.
3. Looking Backwards (1888) by Edward Bellamy
Edward Bellamy introduced the concept of Credit Cards way back in 1888, a good 80 years before the first credit card was used. ‘Looking Backwards’ follows a journal that explores time from the year 2000 and goes backwards until the year of 1888.
4. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870) by Jules Verne
Electric Submarines were predicted far earlier than when they were invented in the 1960’s. Jules Verne could have only been a genius to come up with the concept close to a century earlier. He even predicted the first moon landing in ‘From The Earth To The Moon’ in 1865.
5. Ralph 124C 41+ (1914) by Hugo Gernsback
Back in 1914, Gernsback put out theories of radar, solar energy, space travels, video phones and much more. The radar was the earliest to have been discovered among these predicted inventions, that too in 1935, 20 years later.
6. 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
Known as one of the most intellectually famous writers in the world, George Orwell spoke about government surveillance way back in 1949 as ‘The Big Brother’ that always has its eye on the civilians with no privacy whatsoever. Snowden’s leaked documents reveal a similar conspiracy in 2013 by the U.S. Government. Even ‘Animal Farm has been widely credited with the prediction of eradication of several species of animals.
7. Stand On Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner
One of the most forward thinking books of its time, Stand on Zanzibar covered topics such as Satellite TV, On Demand TV, Laser Printers, European Union, the fall of Detroit City and much much more.
8. Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson
Neuromancer spoke about the widespread use of the World Wide Web back in 1984, introducing concepts of hackers and cyber crime which were popularised only in the early 2000’s.
9. Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley
Known as one of the most advanced Sci-fi writers of his time, Huxley was obsessed with utopian and dystopian civilisations. He brought about the concept of anti-depressants in Brave New World, way back in 1932. Anti-depressants were made public only in the 1980’s.
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1948)by Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke, who along with Robert Heinlein is known as the father of modern Science Fiction introduced to us one of the most accurate depictions of Space travel as we know it now, way back in 1948 as a short story called Sentinel. A few years later, Clarke together with Stanley Kubrick made the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey that became one of the most advanced movies ever made with present day critics still revering the book and movie alike as one of the greatest works of fiction. Space Travel is so accurately described before the moon landing even communication satellites back in 1948.
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