25 Books That Predicted The Future And Were Right

People love predictions, especially when they come true (that is, of course if the predictions are for good). Though predictions are normally associated with mediums and divination, there are other sources. Writers for example. Throughout history some of the boldest predictions ever made have come from the pages of authors who were eager to tell their stories to the world. While some of these predictions are more impressive than others, these authors nonetheless managed to have a strong sense of the future. From waterbeds to the internet, these are 25 books that predicted the future and were right!


Bionic limbs

Bionic limbSource: wikipedia

In his book Cyborg (1972) Martin Caidin predicts the use of bionic limbs. 41 years later, in 2013, the first bionic leg implant was performed.


Real time audio translation

translationSource: wikipedia

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (1980) by Douglas Adam’s, the concept of real time, automatic voice translation is mentioned. 34 years later, in 2014, Google updated its translate app to include this feature.


World Wide Web

World Wide WebSource: wikipedia

In his 1984 book Neuromancer William Gibson predicts cyberspace and hacking. 7 years later, in the early 1990s, the world wide web became extremely popular.


Best human chess player being beat by a computer before 2000

chessSource: wikipedia

Considering that his book The Age Of Intelligent Machines was written in 1990, Ray Kurzweil only had 10 years for his prediction to be fulfilled but he was right. Only 7 years later, in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue computer became the world chess champion.


Lunar modules would launch from Florida and then return to Earth as splashdown capsules

Apollo 16Source: wikipedia

A boldly specific prediction, in his book From The Earth To The Moon (1865), Jules Verne wrote about this scenario 104 years before the 1969 Apollo mission did exactly that.

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