Future Anachronism-Science Fiction Gone Wrong
In writing about 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the plausibility of most of its concepts, I also thought about the most obvious problem with Arthur C. Clarke's prediction: the year in the title.
Unless I've been on an acid trip for the past 5 years, the human race does not have a regular base on the moon and we have not sent manned space craft to Saturn.
This made me think of other problem concepts: like Jules Verne's bullet rocket to the moon, and, of course, that other year-in-title view of what was then the future: Orwell's 1984.
Can you guys think of any other novels and their predictions of the future that never came to pass?
This strange second in a life, that unusual event, those remarkable coincidences of environment, opportunity, and encounter...all of them have been reproduced over and over on the planet of a sun whose galaxy revolves once in two hundred million years and has revolved nine times already. There has been joy. There will be joy again.