At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled “General De Gaulle” in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany “sometime in the 1930s.”
Jules Verne’s wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish.
26 years before Titanic, William Thomas Stead wrote a story called “How the Mail Steamer Went Down in Mid Atlantic by a Survivor.” The title’s pretty descriptive, with the concern of the story being a lack of adequate safety precautions, specifically lifeboats. Stead himself would die on Titanic.
When he was 26, Pete Maravich said “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at age 40” in an interview. He went on to play 10 years in the NBA, and died of a heart attack at age 40.
A novel was written in 1999 about an African man carrying Ebola that arrived unhindered in Dallas.
Philip K. Dick, the author of the science fiction novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, published in 1968, said “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” His novel was adapted into the 1982 film “Blade Runner”.
A 1969 SciFi novel accurately predicted the current state of world affairs of 2010 including a popular leader called President Obomi(R.5) Misleading
Jules Verne wrote the novel “Paris in the Twentieth Century” back in 1863 and described a world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network. “There are no such things as women anymore; from mindless, repetitive factory work and careful attention to finance and science, most women have become cynical, ugly, neurotic career women.“
In 1995 Newsweek published an article scoffing the future of the internet. It laughed at the idea that people would gets news, learn, or buy airline tickets online. It is still available on their website.
In 1989, CIA original operative, wrote that in the future, World War 3 would occur when “Soviet Russia” dupes the United States and Israel into waging a self-destructive war with the Muslim/Arab world.
Multicellular life only has 800 million years left on Earth, at which point, there won’t be enough CO2 in the atmosphere for photosynthesis to occur.