Books That Predicted the Future

Books often create a world of their own, with their own society, inventions, rules, cities, etc. When these books are written it is a work of fiction totally dependant on the imagination of authors. But, sometimes, books mention some things and it feels like the author had a sneak peek into the future. Here is a list of books that predicted the future:

Sultana’s Dream

In her book, The Sultana’s dream, Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Muslim feminist social reformer from Bengal described a place called “Ladyland”. It is a land in which men were locked away so women could actually get things done without having to deal with distractions like violence and war. Though that part hasn’t happened (yet), Hussain does predict a variety of technological developments, including solar power and video calls in her book.

The Machine Stops

In this 1904 book, E.M. Forster imagined a future in which people live and work exclusively in their own rooms, communicating with each other entirely through electronic means. This is exactly what is taking place right now. The people in the book create and sustain their “friendships,” “groups” or “teams” entirely through electronic communications, and eventually become positively phobic about leaving their rooms or meeting other people in the flesh. The most interesting part is that while the telephone did exist at this point, the radio was virtually unknown and television not yet invented.

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The Wreck of the Titan

The Wreck of the Titan is one of the most well-known examples of books that predicted the future. Written by Morgan Robertson and originally published under the title Futility in 1898, the novel tells the tale of a massive passenger ship named The Titan that hit an iceberg and sank in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean, killing thousands of people. In the book, The Titan was also glorified and named ‘unsinkable’ before it sank in April; just like the Titanic did.

A Song for a New Day

Sarah Pinsker’s novel published on September 10, 2019, was written two or three years prior. The book takes place in a society dealing with a combination of domestic terrorism and a lethal pandemic. “That causes the government to outlaw gatherings beyond a certain size, and to radically alter the economy, such that nearly everyone works full-time from home, wearing protective gear at all times when away from home.” This book really does feel like it was a prediction of the time we are going through right now.

The Parable Series

Octavia E. Butler created a dystopian world in Parable of the Sower. Even though she died before completing the third book in the trilogy they have struck a chord with readers more recently, given some stark similarities between the society Butler created and our reality today, including global warming, extremely influential corporations, and social inequality. The strangest parallel came in Parable of the Talents, where she writes about a conservative evangelist who runs for president using the slogan “Make America Great Again.”

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