There are books that are set in the past, present, and the future. The authors of fiction have the ability to create their own societies, and the rules, technologies, and social and political situations that come with the fictional world and sometimes they come up with a plot that is too close to the unforeseen future. There are many stories that have been written that have strangely predicted the future events whether the author had the intent or not. Here are 10 authors who eerily predicted the future in their books:

George Owells in 1984

George Owells classic dystopian novel ‘1984’ was published in 1949. The novel talks about high-tech surveillance and Big Brother ( the Party ) who are constantly watching and outlawing free thoughts and individuality. In the book Orwell has described many technological advancements that exist today in some form. Like the ‘Telescreen’ which in the novel is a large television that is used to monitor people’s private lives and is able to identify a person based on their facial expressions and heart rate which is roughly like today’s facial recognition software. There is ‘versificator’ in the book which is a machine that can automatically produce music and literature pretty much like some of the artificial intelligence technology that is used today.

Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a masterpiece of science fiction literature by Ray Bradbury which was published in 1953. The novel predicted the future of the technology that exits today. Bradbury’s dystopian world had flat-screen TVs, ‘seashells’ and ‘thimble radios’ which are portable audio devices much like today’s earbuds and bluetooth headsets.

Morgan Robertson in The Wreck Of The Titan, Or Futility

Morgan Robertson wrote ‘The Wreck Of Titan’ aka ‘Futility’ which was published in 1898. The book is about a large ocean liner Titan, that is considered unsinkable. In the book Titan sets sail in the month of April only to hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sink. This story is similar to Titanic, which was the largest ocean liner declared unsinkable by the White Star Line. Titanic also began its sail April and was hit by an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic Ocean before it sank. Robertson wrote 14 years before Titanic but there are eerie similarities between the novel and the reality. For example: Many passengers on both the Titan in the novel and on the Titanic in reality died because there were not enough lifeboats on the ship.

Jonathan Swift in Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most popular novels that predicted the future. Gulliver’s Travels is a social satire published in 1726. It follows Gulliver as he travels into different worlds like one inhabited by tiny humans and another by the giants. In the book, when Gulliver is on the island of Laputa, which is a floating world filled with scientists, the astronomers notice that Mars has two moons in its orbit. Over 150 years later in the year 1877, it was discovered that Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Mary Shelley in Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classic Gothic novel. The novel was published in 1818 and is based on the science of 1800s, when there was a rage among the people to perform experiments with the human organs. Mary Shelley’s book predicted the future in medicine, like organ transplants that became reality many years after the book.

H. G. Wells in The World Set Free

H.G Wells is a well-known science-fiction writer. In his book he has made many accurate predictions. In ‘The World Set Free’ published in 1913, he described a destruction made by powerful bombs that are now called Atomic bombs. He also predicted about the inevitable fallout of the atomic bombs. The atomic bombs in Wells’ fictional world were uranium hand grenades unlike the regular bombs, they also had more radiation but the science behind the idea was still roughly three decades ahead of time.

Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Douglas Adams book published in 1979, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ perhaps has predicted many things about the galaxy that were not confirmed when he wrote about it. However, one noteworthy thing that the author predicted was a real-time audio translation through a Babel fish. Now 34 years later we have translation apps on our smartphones that do the same thing.

Arthur C. Clarke in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’  published in 1968 is about an alien civilization creating intelligent life on earth. The novel contains serious themes of nuclear wars, evolution and the effects of artificial intelligence. The most accurate prediction in this novel is that of HAL 9000, which is an artificially intelligent computer which is quite similar to today’s Siri or Cortana. The book also predicted an electronic newspaper which has features similar to today’s iPads and tablets.

Jules Verne in From Earth To The Moon

Jules Verne’s novel ‘From Earth To The Moon’  was published in 1865. The major  prediction in the book by the author was obviously the moon landing. It is the story of three men travelling to the moon from the United States. More than 100 years after the book was published man travelled to the moon in real life too. Verne also tried to do rough calculations even though there was lack of data on the subject at his time. Some of the calculations he made were surprisingly close to reality. He even predicted the exact location of the take off in Florida which is now called Kennedy Space Center.

Martin Caidin in Cyborg

Martin Caidin’s science-fiction novel was published in 1972. The novel follows a former astronaut turned pilot Steve Austin, who crashes during a flight. The crash leaves him with destroyed limbs, blind in one eye and other minor injuries. Later a secret branch of the government working in the bionics field develops an interest in Steve and replaces his body parts with mechanical prosthetics such as a removable eye with a camera, and a bionic arm, making him a ‘cyborg’. The book predicted the transplant of bionic body parts which has become a reality now.

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