Only a small percentage of readers are interested in the truth. Most want their biases or brainwashing vindicated. They want to read what they already believe. It is comforting, reassuring.
Snow Crash also codified the Digital Avatar. The fella who invented the waterbed in Real Life was unable to patent it because it had already been thoroughly described by Robert A.
Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land. Likewise, one fella Margaret thatcher emancipated woman tried to patent a method for lifting sunken ships ran into trouble because it was described thoroughly earlier - in a Carl Barks comic!
As ofdevelopment is at the stage of strength-amplifying mechanical exoskeletons. No word yet on bulletproof plating and Arm Cannons. Aldous Huxley kinda made up embryonic stem cell research in his dystopian novel Brave New World.
At the time the book was written, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was not known to exist. Huxley made up a condition that later turned out to be real, and even managed to get the symptoms right.
See also the two-way radio watches of Midnight, Dick Tracy, and Doc Savage who debuted after Dick Tracy but used a radio watch before the other two.
The T-Minus countdown system 10, 9, 8, etc. Wernher von Braun was known to be a fan of the film and used a countdown in every launch he participated in, possibly as an homage. In Morgan Robertson wrote a novella named Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan about an ocean liner named Titan which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg.
In the novella, Titan was one of the largest passenger ships of the time and considered indestructible, and had way too few lifeboats for its passengers, over half of which died in the accident.
His "hand computer" predates the calculator. And the story was initially rejected by publishers because it was deemed ridiculous that people could forget how to do arithmetic. However, when his idea became reality, educators wasted little time taking this fiction as gospel - insisting that students learn how to solve problems on "paper paper".
It is worth speculating however, on how long it will be, if that day is not here already, where calculators are viewed in the same light as rulers, compasses and protractors.
When Douglas Adams died of cardiac arrest inhe was at a gym, so he actually did have a towel with him at his time of death. Go reference-spotting in Idoru.
Notably, Japan now has at least one virtual pop singer. Yes, idoru are real. Dale Brown predicted low-observable external weapons pods well before Boeing made it possible. Not content with writing about a detective, Doyle actually ended up becoming something of a detective himself, proving the innocence of two men who had been wrongfully convicted in separate cases.
In it, he describes a networked computer system in homes across the country that allows people to learn how to cheat on taxes, find hangover cures, kill their spouse using hard to trace household chemicals, and most of all allows young children to discover porn.
He not only predicted the internet, but he predicted search engines, online porn, filtering software, and the sinister uses people have for Google.
In March of The same story also predicted online television, on-demand television, online video chat, the various other mundane uses that people would use the internet and home computers for, and even made a pretty good guess as to what desktop computers look like.
A throwaway reference in the backstory of John W. He published this in July Contrary to some reports, their orbital period and diameter do not match what is described in the book. Actually, as soon as it was discovered Jupiter has four apparently moons, people started speculating Mars has two.
He was only one year short of when that milestone was actually reached. Louisa May Alcott based Little Women on her family, with a few changes. As Gabrielle Donnelly wrote her modern-day sequel to the Little Women trilogy, The Little Women Letters, she sent her manuscript to a young London friend, Harriet, to ensure the spoken language was up to date.
In s Soviet satirical novel The Twelve Chairs a con man sold tickets to access the Proval lake literally "gap", "collapse", "fall-through". And then closed the access for a while to clear away the debris and reinforce walls. And in a statue of the con man with tickets was installed by the tunnel entrance.
In his novel The Marvels of the Year 2, Emilio Salgari better known as the author of Sandokan described a world eerily similar to the current one, including high-speed electric trains, television, off-shore platforms, and, less happily, nuclear weapons and the fear of them forcing the world to peace he described a powerful chemical explosive capable of shattering mountains that somehow ended in the hands of pretty much all countries, forcing them to redraw the borders as the first measure to prevent the last war.
InRussian writer Mikhail Belozerov wrote Ukrainian gambit: as a speculative novel set 20 Minutes into the Future. EE Smith described a command and control system he invented for the Lensman setting which allowed the heroes to direct the movements of thousands of starships all across the galaxy in a manner that was comprehensible for a single commander to understand what was happening and coordinate.
InSouth Carolina teen Alexis Manigo found out that her mother actually kidnapped her from the hospital as a baby from her real mother and her birth name is Kamiyah Mobley. Live Action TV The "And one more thing" catchphrase, from Columbowas used by Steve Jobs to announce products at Stevenote speeches, and was used at the Horizon indie game press conference to announce Fez 2.
Star Trek imagined quite a few inventions that people made real, like automatic sliding doors.Leonardo da Vinci didn't invent the helicopter, but he did draw a picture of one..
Throw enough hypothetical inventions and scenarios out into the world and the chances are that some of them will eventually become reality. I. Introduction. In the early years of the nineteenth century, Americans’ endless commercial ambition—what one Baltimore paper in called an “almost universal ambition to get forward”—remade the nation.
1 Between the Revolution and the Civil War, an old subsistence world died and a new more-commercial nation was born.
Americans integrated the technologies of the Industrial. INCONVENIENT TRUTHS "You can either be informed and be your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you.". GLOBAL KLEPTOCRACY Self-serving leaders throughout the world increasingly assume power with the goal of becoming rich at the expense of the majority of their population, and of the commonweal.
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