Re: Future Anachronism-Science Fiction Gone Wrong
Originally Posted by neglet
I believe so. Heinlein's story collection "The Past Through Tomorrow" has all sorts of predictions for the future, most of which occurred by the turn of the century. There were all sorts of cool things besides space travel and lunar colonies, like rolling roads.
The Clarke anachronism I think is closest to becoming reality is the space elevator (from "The Fountains of Paradise"). I'm pretty sure I'll see that within my lifetime, before any lunar colonies or regular intra-solar system space travel.
I liked some of the more mundane aspects, like the velcro shoes and the "space plane."
One of my favorite chuckles from 2001 was when he was talking about the advances in education through the 1990's to allow the characters in the book to hold the equivalents of several doctorates in a few years.
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.