Check out this great post by Jaq D. Hawkins via the Story Reading Ape blog on the topic of Science Fiction Reflecting Real Life
It’s fairly widely known that much of today’s technology started with ideas put forward in science fiction novels. Rockets into space for example. They first appear in novels in 1874 (Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon), but the first actual space launch didn’t happen until 1957. 1958 for manned flight.
A lot of people have expressed disappointment that we haven’t got hovercars or even hoverboards yet as promised by 2015 by the film, Back to the Future II (1989), but hey, sometimes the timing is a little off. It gives us something to keep looking forward to. According to books and film, we should have routine space travel by 2001 (2001: A Space Odyssey), World War III by 1970 (The Door Into Summer, 1970), Interstellar travel and androids by 2019 (Bladerunner, 1982), The world dominated by megacorporations by 2020 with…
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