Can human predict the future? Is foresight a superpower that exists?
Many people say “no” and we are inclined to agree. However, sometimes, certain events are predicted to such a shockingly accurate degree in books and novels that makes us wonder – are they really just coincidences?
Today on Topthingy, we present to you 5 books that very closely predicted the future!
1. The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility
Most if not all of us have, some way or another, heard of the movie Titanic. The movie was based on a real-life event that happened in 1912 where the cruise ship Titanic crashed into an iceberg and sunk to the depth of the ocean.
But you probably didn’t know that 14 years prior to that event, the book “The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility” was written about an eerily similar accident of a fictional ship called “Titan”. The ship also hit an iceberg and sunk.
It goes even further than that. Both the fictional Titan and the Titanic:
- Were moving at approximately the same speed before hitting the iceberg (22.5 to 25 knots)
- Struck the iceberg on the same starboard side
- On a night in April
- In the North Atlantic, approximately 400 nautical miles from Newfoundland, Terranova, Canada.
Coincidence or foresight? That’s for you to decide.
2. A Logic Named Joe
In the book “A Logic Named Joe” published in March 1946, the author – Murray Leinster – envisioned a world where everyone has a “logic” in their home. This logic connects to a network that allows everyone to ask questions, communicate, watch videos and do all sorts of things to and with other logics. Some people abused those logics to commit murder and even worse crimes.
Compare the narrative of the book to today’s world and it’s not too far off. We are very interconnected with each other through the Internet and we can do all sorts of things with it.
The Internet is also widely used for daily tasks, work, and entertainment. Abusing and exploiting the system for crimes and unlawful activities are also prominent.
The book is almost a prediction of our modern life.
Another coincidence perhaps?
3. From the Earth to the Moon
“From the Earth to the Moon”, a novel published in 1865, tells a story that is surprisingly similar to the first American Moon Landing event that happened more than 100 years later in 1969.
The plot of the book involved the launching of an American crew into space. In the book, they used a huge cannon called “The Columbiad” to launch a projectile containing the crew from the Florida coast to the moon.
The description of the entire process and the mathematical calculations were very comparable to those used for the real-life launching of the American crew in July 1969. Even the size of the fictional projectile was quite close to the size of the rocket used in the real launching.
It’s an interesting read if you’re into the mathematical calculation and engineering analysis of the time.
Perhaps some authors do have a knack for writing an amazingly accurate description of future events. Maybe it’s all a big coincidence and we’re just caught off-guard. Whatever it is, we may never know the truth. Check those books out and let us know what you think!