Inventing the Future


I’m always a little sceptical about the idea of SF writers predicting the future, as is Harry Harrison, who compared prognostication in SF with astrology, saying that if you use a shotgun approach to fire out predictions, some of them will hit the target, and people only remember the hits…

However, I’ve come across a couple of snippets of information recently concerning HH’s ability to predict the future, so I’m going to share them.

The first is on the Technovolgy website, which seems to exist solely to list things authors have ‘invented’.  I don’t know my SF history well enough to know whether the entries here really do list the first ever appearance of each gadget, but the website is fun to browse…

Check out the HH entry:

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