March 31, 2013

When Science Fiction Becomes Reality

One of the many reasons I like being a writer is that I get to create anything I want.  Anything.  There is no limit to your imagination.   And sometimes those "crazy fantasies" do come true, as in the following cases:
  • Jules Verne (1828-1905) predicted lunar travel in From Earth to the Moon (1865), and it became real in 1969.
  • Edward Bellamy (1850-1898) predicted the arrival of credit cards in Looking Backward (1888).  The first modern credit card was introduced in 1950.
  • H.G. Wells (1866-1946) wrote about Automatic sliding doors in When the Sleeper Wakes (1899).  Horton and Hewitt invented it in 1954.
  • Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) had individualized news reports in his Ralph 124C 41+ (1925), whereas Google News went live in September 2002.
  • Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) had test tube babies (amongst many other things) in Brave New World (1932).  In 1978, the first test tube baby was born (England, 1978).
  • Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) had full-wall, flat-screen TVs in Fahrenheit 451 (1953).  The first LCD panels were shown in 1971, and by 2009, many LCD and plasma screens were available to the general public.
  • Douglas Adams (1952-2001) included electronic books in his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  And we've all heard of those with Amazon's kindle, the iPad, Barnes and Noble's Nook, etc.
So, my question is, when do I get to do some intergalactic traveling atop my unicorn robot?
Artist: ProjectKuraiOkami
 Source: I Used to Know That: Literature

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