Science Fiction takes us into a universe of complex and futuristic worlds that may seem unrealistic. In recent decades, humanity has made incredible technological advances. Many of the ideas predicted by science fiction have become reality. In the adaptation of Philip Dick's sci-fi novel "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?", Which was released in 1982 and bears the title "Blade Runner", cars fly in November 2019, powerful corporations rule the world, and replicas work in Factories. Although replicants and machines flying outside the window are invisible, some companies have really achieved a resounding success. Let's see how sci-fi writers described the year 2020 and try to understand which of their assumptions were true and which were not.
1 Science fiction predicts the future?
2 Settlement of Venus in 2020
3 First man on Mars
4 The human brain is connected to the internet
5 Return to Mars
6 What to expect in 2021?
Is science fiction predicting the future?
Some technologies predicted by science fiction authors, such as autonomous vehicles, are still at an early stage of development, but scientists around the world have achieved a great many. Remember Jules Verne's novel "Directly in 97 Hours 20 Minutes from Earth to the Moon"? The moment when humans landed on the surface of our planet's satellite has actually taken place, even though there were times when this idea seemed as unrealistic as possible. It is also strange that in the novel of 1865 Vern described the mission of three Americans who had started on a spaceship to land on the moon. Even more surprising is that some parts of the novel looked like the first real moon landing of a robot apparatus that took place 104 years after the writing of his cult novel by Vern.
And in 1990, the novel "The Spirit of a Giant" by one of the most famous representatives of the genre of Sir Arthur Clarke describes the rise of the most famous wreckage in history – the Titanic. The year 2012 is long past, but the remains of the passenger ship still rest in 3800 meters depth in the North Atlantic.
Although some predictions for science fiction have not come true, we can create a calendar of future events based on a variety of science fiction works (including works as well as science fiction and fantasy). Note that some works do not have a specific date. For example, Mary Shelley's novel "The Last Man" tells of a futuristic world plagued by the plague. However, we will focus on the predictions that authors have described in 2020. Are you ready?
Settlement of Venus in 2020
The movie The Journey to the Prehistoric Planet by Curtis Harrington was shot in 1965 and describes a future in which the colonization of the moon is behind us and people pursue a more attractive goal: the settlement of Venus. The most unusual thing about this whole story is that colonists on Venus are confronted with a prehistoric world full of dinosaurs and a strange civilization. The film will of course be in 2020. Absolutely unrealistic prediction, looking at today's knowledge of the second planet from the sun, with a real hell on its surface.
First man on Mars
Many people believe that moment is fast approaching, but the reality draws a different picture: Although Space X Ilona Mask and NASA have announced plans to colonize the Red Planet, this task can be extremely difficult in practice. In Kim Stanley Robinson's novel "Red Mars", published in 1993, the American John Boone was the first to enter Mars in 2020. By the way, "Red Mars" is the first part of an excellent Mars trilogy.
The human brain is connected to the internet.
And this is one of the latest predictions – in 2004, writer Jeff Rayman wrote in his Air novel that our brain will be constantly connected to the Internet by 2020. Incidentally, Elon Musk dreams of developing Neuralink.
Return to Mars
The movie "Mission to Mars", directed by Brian De Palma, tells the story of the heart of the Red Planet when a rescue team goes in search of an astronaut lost in a previous mission. In orbit is the Earth Station that prepares the ship for a rescue operation: Mars II. What astronauts discover is fascinating, but has nothing to do with reality – the film tells of a mysterious face on Mars that, like you probably already know, is not there. But in general the movie is really good.
What can be expected in 2021?
Do you remember the movie "Child of Man", which was released in 2006? This is a film version of the eponymous novel by Phyllis Dorothy James, in which the events in 2021 take place. According to the story, the last child on earth was born 25 years ago because all the women on the planet can no longer have children.
A rather gloomy scenario for humanity that has nothing to do with reality. As of November 4, 2019, the world population has 7, 741, 511, 723 people. What other predictions of science fiction do you know? Let us discuss these in the comments and with the participants in our telegram chat.