24 books that predicted the future


A history of books that forecast future events

Part of Science Fiction’s appeal is its invention of the future. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells famously wrote about technological breakthroughs that hadn’t happened yet… but would.

Are these instances of prediction, or did the writing itself set the future in motion?

In this fun infographic from Printer Inks, we can see 24 books that somewhat accurately described future gadgets, tools, practices, and events:


Have you made any predictions in your fiction that came true?
Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. […] BookBaby borrowed a graphic from Printer Inks on books that forecast the future. It’s a fabulous graphic, listing the likes of Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon predicting lunar launches from Florida, which happened over a century later in 1969. And Edward Bellamy’s 1888 book Looking Backwards, which predicted credit cards before they were invented in 1950. And one of my personal favorites, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy predicted real-time automatic audio translation in 1980, and this year, there’s an app for that. […]

  2. In my book The VIP published in 2016 a politician loathed the Nigerian prison system and suggested some reforms. The first was to rename the Nigerian Prison Service to Department of Corrections.

    In 2019 the Nigerian government changed the name of the organization to Nigerian correctional Service.


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