Who doesn’t love reading science fiction novels? I like them very much and I also watch movies made on them with interest. These novels talk about many new devices that we never thought possible.
We live in an age where technology is advancing very fast. We now have access to equipment that could only have been dreamed of 30 years ago.
Let us tell you about such science fiction novels. In which the novelists have predicted the technology we are using today.
From the Earth to the Moon
In the book “From the Earth to the Moon”, written in 1865, Jules Verne predicted aspects of the Apollo 11 landing that occurred 100 years later.
French author Jules Vern wrote about launching the spaceships in the Aluminum Capsule from Florida. Even his predictions include a book of calculations on how much power will be needed to get the spacecraft out of the earth.
Large-Scale Surveillance Equipment
Maybe that’s what you’d expect.
George Orwell’s 1949 novel, 1984, predicted many aspects of today’s modern world.
Today in London alone there is one CCTV camera for every 14 people. One can be inclined to draw comparisons with Orwell’s dystopian state within which the general public is monitored by “Big Brother”.
Credit and Debit cards
Even the payments you make on a daily basis were predicted a century ago.
Edward Bellamy introduced the term “Credit card” to the world in his 1888 novel Looking Backward. The people of his utopian future did not need any paper money. They all had a card that allowed them to spend credit with a central bank.
Wireless Headphones and Earphones
In his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury wrote about a world he called “Thimble Radios.”
Also represented as “little seashells”, these were moveable audio devices not too dissimilar to wireless headphones, that didn’t become offered till over half a century later.
In today’s world of 4G networks and broadband in every home, it’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet.
William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, published in 1984, predicted, among other things, the World Wide Web, hacking and virtual reality.
The Internet we use today was predicted almost a decade ago.
After looking at the solar panels on each roof, would you be surprised that solar energy was predicted a century ago?
In his 1911 novel, Ralph 124C 41+, playwright Gernsback wrote of his adventurers visiting alternative energy installations.
This was written over sixty years before the introduction of the primary solar-powered calculators
In 1942, author Robert Henline wrote a short story about a physically challenged inventor named Waldo F. Jones.
In this story, Waldo created and registered the “Sancronis Redplicating Pantograph” of Waldo F. Jones. A technical hand that can be operated remotely.
In acknowledgment of this story, the important life remote manipulator arms employed in the nuclear business are known as “Waldos”.
Artificial intelligence, virtual assistants and tablets
In the 1968 novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (30 years before the invention of the first-ever table computer), Arthur C. Clark wrote about an electronic copy or a “news pad” that people in this world read.
He conjointly visualized the voice-activated super Computer HAL 9000, not too dissimilar from the voice-activated virtual assistants that are currently an everyday feature of the many homes and businesses, and warned of the risks described by computing.
He also warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
This is a topic that is still regularly discussed in science fiction novels.
Satellite TV and electric cars
John Brunner’s novel Stand on Zanzibar, first published in 1968, is about the year 2010. This novel is full of accurate predictions of the future.
This includes predictions about President Obama, the popular Leader of the United States.
And this is just the beginning.
Brunner wrote about vehicles that run through recharging electric fuel cells.
He also predicted that TV news channels would be launched globally via satellite.
Even medical miracles were expected. Martin Caidin’s 1972 novel machine follows pilot Steve state capital, who gets seriously slashed from bloody throughout a flight. He’s left with just one limb and blind in one eye.
During the novel, a gaggle of scientists are ready to offer state capital with new legs, a bionic arm and a removable eye with a camera, creating him a mix of human and machine or a ‘cyborg’.
This novel was written over twenty years before the primary bionic arm transplant.