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7 Books That Might Have Predicted the Future

There’s been a lot of talk over the past several years about all of the spooky ways The Simpsons television show seems to have predicted the future, but what if I told you their writers are not alone?

Because it certainly seems like the authors of these 7 books had a good idea of what was coming for us all, too.

7. The Machine Stops

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This is a good one! For a short story written in 1909, this sci-fi was way ahead of its time! If you haven’t yet read it’s a really quick read! The story, set in a world where humanity lives underground and relies on a giant machine to provide its need, predicts technologies similar to instant messaging and the internet! #bookclubofinstagram #themachinestops #emforster #shortstories #junebookclubbook #readinggoals #readmore #scifibooks #thingswelove

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In this 1909 novella by E.M. Forster, characters have to stay home to keep sickness at bay.

They only interact virtually, and the entire story is a pretty crazy accurate take on life in the now.

6. The Wreck of the Titan

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Finished books number 8 for the year. Met my goal. Gonna try and squeeze one more in before the end of the year. #thewreckofthetitan #reading #books

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In 1896, author Morgan Robertson penned a novel about Titan, the “largest craft afloat” running into an iceberg in the Atlantic, sinking, and causing mass loss of life due to her lack of adequate lifeboats.

14 years later, Titanic sank in an eerily similar manner, and newspapers at the time called the book “an amazing prophecy.”

5. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe, 1986, Penguin Books, $6. Comment “sold” to purchase. #edgarallanpoe #poe #thenarrativeofarthurgordonpymofnantucket #arthurgordonpym #novel #whalingship #stowaway #mutiny #shipwreck #famine #butchery #discovery #calamity #adventure #pym #augustus #grampus #whalefishing #jameswilsoncarmichael #coverart #gothicfiction #nauticalfiction #bookstagram #booklover #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #usedbookstores #opensea #instabookfinder #instabookstagram

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This is Edgar Allen Poe’s only novel, published in 1838. In it, several sailors are left adrift and starving after their whaling vessel is hit by a storm. The crew draw lots to decide who will be sacrificed and eaten, and one poor soul named Richard Parker drew the short straw.

50 years later, a man named Richard Parker was killed and eaten by his starving shipmates after the Mignonette sank.

4. The World Set Free

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Il termine "bomba atomica" fu coniato ben prima che anche solo si immaginasse la fissione nucleare. Come accaduto già altre volte, lo scrittore Herbert G. Wells aveva la vista lunga e immaginò che un giorno si sarebbe potuta sfruttare l'energia contenuta nei nuclei atomici radioattivi. Nel romanzo "La liberazione del mondo" (The World Set Free, 1914) descrisse gli effetti di questo nuovo ordigno particolarmente distruttivo e incontrollabile. Wells non indovinò il meccanismo di azione delle armi nucleari, dato che anziché prevedere un'unico rilascio di una gran quantità di energia, immaginò un'esplosione di potenza paragonabile a quella delle bombe tradizionali, ma estremamente prolungata nel tempo. D'altro canto è impressionante notare come, secondo Wells, gli uomini sarebbero riusciti a estrarre energia dall'atomo nell'anno 1933. Proprio in quell'anno, il fisico Leo Szilárd concepì l'idea di reazione a catena mediata dai neutroni, alla base sia delle armi atomiche, sia dei reattori nucleari a fissione. #scifi #nuclear #atomic #bomb #nuke #wells #atomicbomb #nuclearweapon #radioactivity #fantascienza #hgwells #theworldsetfree #nucleare #bomba #atomica

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In this novel by H.G. Wells, the author predicted that the problem of extracting energy from the atom would be solved by 1933…the same year Leo Szilard did, in fact, posit a nuclear chain reaction.

Wells also described the idea of “atomic bombs,” right down to the fact that battlefield would remain radioactive for years afterward.

He published the novel in 1914.

3. Stand on Zanzibar

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This book was written in the 1960s but set in 2010, and in it, author John Brunner predicts a popular politician and Obomi, random mass shootings, a European Union, and people looking up things on an encyclopedia on their phones.

2. Gulliver’s Travels

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"..there was universal shout of Hekinah degul. I confess I was often tempted, while they were passing backwards and forwards on my body, to seize forty or fifty of the first that came in my reach and dash them against the ground." – Ch-1, Part 1 A Voyage to Lilliput, Gulliver's Travel by Jonathan Swift. 🍀📚🍀 I borrowed this book from my cousin because I couldn't find mine which was in my syllabus back in school. Read a chapter yesterday and I think Gulliver's travel is quite unforgettable. My memory of reading this book 5 years ago is still vivid. What Im discovering upon this on going re-reading is how every inch of this book is a satire and how and where. 🍀📚🍀 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #gulliverstravels #jonathanswift #classicreads #classicbooks #bookphotography #bookcommunity #bookworm #biblophile #classicscommunity #englishliterature #literature #satire #englishliteraturestudent #irishliterature #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booklovers #readersofinstagram #currentlyreading #readingupdate #booktalk #bookaholic #booknerd #bookaddict #adventurenovel #adventure #classicfiction #reading #lilliput

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Author Jonathan Swift wrote this satire in 1726 and went after many aspects of British life. While making fun of scientists and their obscure research, he wrote about two moons with short orbital periods around Mars – and 150 years later, those moons were discovered.

Several craters on Mars’ moon Phobos are named after Swift’s characters.

1. Fahrenheit 451

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Distopias retratam com maestria a realidade do mundo, da sociedade, da política, cultura e tudo mais. Em um momento como o que estamos passando, não poderia deixar de falar sobre Fahrenheit 451, escrito em 1953 porém, mais atual do que nunca. Conhecemos aqui uma sociedade onde os livros são completamente proibidos, isso foi decidido pelos próprios cidadãos que pensam que abrindo mão da liberdade, podem proporcionar um mundo sem conflitos, onde o entretenimento e o consumismo prevalecem. Sabemos o quanto a literatura tem o poder de nos levar a reflexão e consequentemente a questionamentos, isso é o que as pessoas nesta distopia não querem. A ignorância é uma benção, não é mesmo? Montag, nosso protagonista, sempre se sentiu desconfortável com a realidade que vivia, principalmente por ser parte dos bombeiros. Os bombeiros aqui, são ao contrário do que se espera, pois a profissão consiste em colocar fogo em qualquer lugar que receba denúncias de que há livros circulando por ali. Isso leva Montag a buscar o porquê essas páginas são tão temidas pelo governo totalitário. Imaginem um mundo repleto de vigilância, onde tudo é controlado e as pessoas só têm conhecimento dos fatos por aparelhos de TVs instalados em suas casas ou em praças ao ar livre. Pessoas são robôs que não fazem ideia da lavagem cerebral que são expostos através de atividade bestificante que a isentam de pensar ou sentir. Certas cenas são tremendamente agoniantes, principalmente as da esposa de Montang que idolatra a televisão, enquanto o próprio protagonista, que deveria estar seguindo sua profissão queimando livros, está cada vez mais lúcido, buscando entender o que há naquelas páginas. Espero que o pouco que descrevi aqui, te leve a pensar o quanto estamos tão próximos de um mundo assim, principalmente agora onde a tributação sobre livros é uma desculpa para menos acesso à informação e história. Afinal de contas, o quão benéfico é pessoas que pensam e questionam para o atual governo? #defendaolivro #fahrenheit451 #raybradbury #distopia #classicomundial #literatura #ler

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Ray Bradbury’s dystopian future likely hits a bit too close to home, as the people in it consume entertainment and other media instead of talking to each other.

It’s pretty eerie, don’t you think?

Are they just good at guessing, good at reading the writing on the wall, or is time travel a thing in the future? Tell us your vote in the comments!