“It’s hard to make predictions – especially about the future.”—Robert Storm Petersen
Prediction shape course of events. Sci-fi authors have been predicting the future for hundred years. The kind of predictions that may keep changing; the present time is managed with beliefs about how much is worth to know about the future. Tom Clancy was considered a famous predictor who had ability to predict the future events through his writings. We have collected some books that discuss consequential shifts about predictions.
Does Sci-fi predictions inspires for future discoveries? This question is still unsolved.Tom Clancy described 9-11 like attack in his book “Debt of Honor” published in 1994. These are unforgettable predictions which are not common. Many times, we can’t even guess how accurate the descriptions of the future world in sci-fi books are. Some authors have written fiction books with certain knowledge of surpassing limits of common understanding.
Is modern Transplant inspired by Marry Shelley’s “Frankenstein”?
In 1818, when Shelley published her book “Frankenstein“, science was concentrating to find the new field of dead tissue reanimation through electricity. This fiction gave new ideas for future medical like organ transplantation.
Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” described the future electric submarine
Jules Gabriel Verne was a progressive thinking author. He predicted lunar modules to solar sails a century before its inventions. In 1870, Jules Verne ‘s popular book “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” was published, the novel predicted electric submarines around ninety (90) years before of its invention.
H.G. Wells ‘s “The World Set Free” describes about the atomic bombs
The World Set Free is one of the books written by H.G. (Herbert George) Wells that had changed perspective of the history with predictions. In 1914, the novel was published. He predicts nuclear warfare times before invention started and he also describes the chain reactions and radiation. He mentions a weapon with boundless demolition power, used from air that would annihilate everything for miles. He used term “atomic bombs.” H.G. Wells earlier imagined atomic bomb as a uranium-based hand grenade that may explode indefinitely.
“Ralph 124C 41+” by Hugo Gernsback predicted solar Energy
Hugo Gernsback was a man with forward thinking. The title itself have a meaning on words, (1 2 4 C 4 1 + ) meaning “One to foresee for one another.” You may wonder to know that this novel has contained predictions of many devices including television (and channel surfing), remote-control power transmission, video phone, transcontinental air service, solar energy (solar power) in practical use, sound movies, synthetic milk and foods, artificial clothes, voice-printing, tape recorders, and spaceflight. Amazing! The story of the novel had weak plot but it was great story in aspect of Sci-Fi.
Satellite TV and Electric cars predictions in John Brunner’s “Stand on Zanzibar”
This famous novel was published in 1968. Brunner describes about struggle of US with overcrowd. The book was based on imagery rather than reality. It gave imagination of intelligent computers, on-demand TV, laser printers, Satellite TV and laser printers. This novel was very popular; it was winner of two famous awards: The Hugo Award for best novel, 1969 and Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1969.