Throughout history, we can see many surprising predictions. Those works that predict the future may “hit the bullseye” or digress. From Nostradamus’ prediction of the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the Maya’s prediction of the destruction of the earth in 2012, there has never been a lack of prophets in history.
In fact, these predictions are too common. Since the Middle Ages, there have been almanacs and textbooks preaching the imminent end of the world, and some contemporary publicly published fictional works have also made many predictions. People often dismiss the prophecies in literary works, thinking that these are purely coincidental. However, some of these predictions are indeed deeply disturbing.
1 The Wreck Of The Titan: Or, Futility By Morgan Robertson Morgan Robertson “Titan sinks, or in vain”
In human history, the tragedy of the sinking of the “Titanic” is probably the most written event by writers. This does not include news reports, features, documentaries, movies, and songs related to it. However, there is a work related to the “Titanic” that is the most eye-catching because it was created before the sinking of the “Titanic”.
On the cold night of April 1912, the “Titanic” crashed into an iceberg, but Morgan Robertson wrote a novel as early as 14 years ago. The plot is very similar to the real “Titanic” crash.
In 1898, “Titan Sinks, or in Futility” was put on shelves in American and European bookstores. “Titan” is described in the novel as “the largest water vehicle and the greatest masterpiece of mankind, comparable to a first-class hotel.” The book starts from the perspective of a hapless sailor John Laurent. A tragic shipwreck.
The name of the ship in the novel should be surprising, but more is yet to come. The “Titan” in the novel is a miracle of modern industry and the largest ship ever built by mankind. “Titanic” is 244 meters long, “Titanic” is 269 meters long; “Titan” has 24 lifeboats, and “Titanic” has 20. People can’t help but suspect that the White Star Shipping Company built the “Titanic” after referring to Morgan Robertson’s book. The similarities between the two are not over yet: they both hit an iceberg on the starboard side while sailing in the North Atlantic.
It’s all April.
2 The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket By Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe “The Story of Arthur Gordon Pym”
At one time, Edgar Allan Poe’s popularity was not half of what it is now, and people would not associate his name with horror novels when he saw his works (which had not been written yet). In short, apart from his friends, his name does not make any associations, but his first and only novel “The Story of Arthur Gordon Pym” was published in 1838 and immediately He was promoted from an unknown author to a well-known author.
Compared with Poe’s more well-known short stories, this novel is an odd number, because it neither writes about ghosts seeking revenge, nor about ravens. The novel tells the story of the young man Pim’s sea adventure. Pim secretly boarded a whaling ship and experienced crew mutiny and murder in the Atlantic Ocean.
Any story related to cannibalism will not have a happy ending. Therefore, it is not surprising that the “Orca” whaling ship was overturned by a storm and the crew was drifting at sea. In despair, the crew member without food and water was dying, and decided to draw lots to determine who was the unlucky person-he would sacrifice himself and become everyone’s food. The 17-year-old Richard Parker unfortunately won the lottery.
46 years later, the last trial of cannibalism at sea in British history caused a sensation, and the creepy details made the hearers fear. In 1884, the small yacht “Mignonette” set off from England for Australia. It accidentally sank in the South Atlantic. The four people on board escaped on a small sampan. By the 20th day, everyone was dying, so they began to discuss drawing lots to sacrifice one person to save the lives of others, but no consensus could be reached. During this time, the 17-year-old male servant drank sea water because of thirsty and became ill. Captain Dudley and First Mate Stephen saw that the manservant was dead, so they killed him.
What is the name of that unfortunate child? Richard Parker. Two days later, they were rescued by a passing German ship.
Does Poe really have the ability to foresee the future? In fact, after his short story gained popularity in the literary circle, the novel “The Story of Arthur Gordon Pym” was slowly forgotten.
3 The Plot Against America By Philip Roth “Anti-American Conspiracy”
As soon as Philip Rose’s 2004 masterpiece “Anti-American Conspiracy” was published, it was listed as one of the “N Books in Life” by many important book reviews around the world. The reason is not only the literary value of the novel itself. The striking thing about it is that the protagonist’s participation in the presidential election is surprisingly similar to Trump’s election. You know, Trump’s presidential campaign only happened 12 years after the publication of “Anti-American Conspiracy.”
In the novel, Rose describes how a celebrity who speaks provocatively conducts a presidential campaign. In the eyes of another party, the celebrity was a joke, but he won. The celebrity in the novel is not Trump, but Charles Lindbergh (there is a man in history, he is a famous flying hero and a fanatical isolationist). In the 1940 election, he relied on Republican and right-wing supporters defeated Roosevelt.
Lindbergh won the election with an overwhelming advantage by exaggerating the deficiencies of his opponent’s party rather than propagating his campaign platform. Trump’s campaign was the same.
Both the president in the novel and the president in the real world have distorted moral standards: Lindbergh supported Hitler and publicly condemned Jews for being warlike; Trump blamed Muslims and Mexicans. Today’s American leaders advocate the theory of foreign threats and create panic among Americans, and Lindbergh can indeed be seen in him.
4 Debt Of Honor By Tom Clancy Tom Clancy “U.S.-Japan War”
After the “September 11” incident, Condoleezza Rice, then US President George W. Bush’s security affairs adviser, said that no one could have expected that someone would use airplanes to carry out terrorist attacks. She was wrong. Long before the tragedy happened, Tom Clancy predicted similar acts of terrorism in the 1994 thriller “War between America and Japan”.
The terrorists in “A War Between America and Japan” hijacked a jetliner and crashed into the Capitol in Washington, killing the U.S. government and all the command system. This certainly reminds people of the “9·11″ incident, but the novel is written After this incident, the US government has undergone major changes.
”US-Japan War” may seem to be predictable, but not many people are eager to point out the similarities between fiction and reality, and even Tom Clancy himself is unwilling to call himself a prophet. Regardless of whether he has the ability to predict, the real source of the similarity between fiction and reality is actually two: one is the author’s related research before creation, and the other is the author’s understanding of human nature.
5 From The Earth To The Moon By Jules Verne Jules Verne “From The Earth To The Moon”
It is no surprise that science fiction works appear on this book list, because it is ahead of the times. Science fiction works are attractive because of the futuristic city, society, technology, and transportation described in it. However, it is never easy to accurately predict a hundred years before something actually appears. Jule Verne, the father of modern science fiction, possesses this ability. In the book “From the Earth to the Moon”, Verne predicted that humans would land on the moon, which aroused the world’s interest in space travel. According to the state of the art at the time, such a prediction was impossible to achieve.
The protagonist in the novel, Barbican, chairman of the Baltimore City Cannon Club (this is the cannon inventor’s club), believes that he can launch a cannonball to the moon to establish a connection between the earth and the moon. Although everyone expressed suspicion, Barbican managed to raise enough funds to build a shell. Surprisingly, it looks a lot like the real Apollo rocket, with enough space inside to hold three people. This is exactly the same as what happened a hundred years later. The protagonist in the novel referred to the cannon as the “Columbia Cannon”. Later, perhaps it was to pay tribute to Verne’s work. The space shuttle in the real world was called “Colombia”.
Another prediction of Verne is the launch site. Both Texas and Florida were vying to be the cannon launch site, and finally Florida was determined as the launch site and Texas as the command center.
6 Stand On Zanzibar By John Brunner John Brunner “Stand On Zanzibar”
It is never easy to predict someone will become president, but John Bruner did it in “Standing on Zanzibar.” This science fiction novel revolves around two roommates, one of them is Norman, vice chairman of General Technology, and the other is spy Donald.
Bruner predicts that frequent school violence and terrorist activities pose a huge threat to the United States in the novel. Although the novel was written in the 1960s, Bruner successfully predicted young people’s “hookup culture”, sex drugs, electric cars, inflation, and even same-sex relationships. The author predicts that these futures are very close to our current reality, but what is really strange is the following coincidence-a president named Obomi, he is simply Obama’s predecessor.
7 Looking Backward: 2000 — 1887 By Edward Bellamy, “Review: 2000—1887 AD”
Edward Bellamy lived in the late 19th century, when the society and economy were in violent turmoil. The establishment of the labor association was slow. The working class, which accounts for the majority of the population, was threatened by violence. The poor class was full of hatred against a few privileged classes. Against this background, the American writer put forward through “Review: 2000-1887 AD”. To understand their own views on the future.
The protagonist of the novel, Julian West, was hypnotized into his dreamland. He did not wake up until 2000. At this time, the world has changed drastically and turned into a socialist utopia: some major European countries, Australia, Mexico and Some areas of South America have achieved socialism. The United States is at the forefront of socialism, and its products are equally distributed among all citizens. Bellamy first proposed the concept of credit cards to the world in this book. Before the real credit card was invented, the characters in the novel used something similar to a debit card in the store. Although the credit cards in the book are not exactly the same as those of banks around the world today, Bellamy’s forward-looking performance through this concept is surprising.
8 Gulliver’s Travels By Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift “Gulliver’s Travels”
In the world literary masterpiece “Gulliver’s Travels”, Swift takes readers to explore the hidden corners of the earth. The protagonist of the novel, Gulliver, has experienced the adventures of the Lilliputian, the grown-up, and Lepitar. . In the chapter on Flying Island, Swift began his prediction.
The book states that the astronauts on Lepitar Island discovered that Mars has two satellites, which is 150 years before Assaf Hall observed these two satellites in 1877. What’s impressive is that, unlike others who have been well-educated or mastered the information before making predictions, Swift’s predictions are purely guesses. Moreover, Swift wrote about the distance and orbits of the two satellites in the novel. It is also quite accurate.
Hall named these two satellites “Phobobos” and “Demos”. They are the names of the two sons of Ares and Aphrodite in Homer’s Epic. To pay tribute to “Gulliver’s Travels,” an impact crater on the Damos satellite was named “Swift”.
9 2001: A Space Odyssey By Arthur Clarke “2001 A Space Odyssey”
Although many people think “2001: A Space Odyssey” is and only a movie, there is actually a book of the same name and the movie’s script that were released at the same time. Both are based on Arthur Clark’s short story “Outpost” (” The Sentinel”). “2001 A Space Odyssey” is hailed as “a milestone in modern science fiction film technology.”
The plot of the book is basically the same as the movie, and can be regarded as a revised version of the script. A tablet computer is mentioned in movies and books. This device allows people to read newspapers and information from all over the world at any time. The shape and function of this tablet are a bit like an iPad.
The book was published in 1968, and Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, 42 years after the movie was released. Therefore, it is no wonder that the film’s director, Stanley Kubrick, is regarded as the prophet of science fiction in that era.
However, it may not be Kubrick who predicts the future.
10 Super Sad True Love Story By Gary Shteyngart Gary Shteyngart “Super Sad True Love Story”
The book “Super Sad Real Love Story” was published in 2010 and mainly describes the love and hatred of Lenny Abramov and Yunais Parker. This dystopian novel takes place in New York in the future. People are trapped by debt and their lives are completely controlled by technology. Personal credit status is released to the world through an electronic device similar to an Apple mobile phone.
In the novel, the United States owes China a huge debt, the economy falls into chaos, and the dollar depreciates. The United States has failed to repay its debts due, and China publicly condemns the United States. The same scenario appeared in reality: In 2011, the International News Channel reported that China believed that Washington must “get rid of debt addiction.”
Gary Sterngart also successfully predicted the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in 2011. Although his predictions are purely ironic, most of them have become reality, which may prove one point: in the world we live in, reality often learns from fiction.