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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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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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