HG Wells, from science fiction to reality: the novelist’s predictions that came true
Science fiction has H. G. Wells to one of his titans. Born Herbert George Wells, the British writer passed away on August 13, 1946 in London, United Kingdom. Today’s world has many of the author’s predictions in his works.
The Time Machine, The First Men on the Moon, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, Ana Veronica, Floor Games and Little Wars are some of his most recognized books.
anticipated from the space travel and biological engineering to satellite television, between the situations that came true, and alien invasions, time travel and invisibility among others that have not yet been finalized.
The atomic bomb
According to the BBC, Wells coined the term atomic bomb in his work The World is Liberated, from 1914. They were weapons that could explode continuously, using the power of radioactivity. Leo Szilard, who worked on the Manhattan Project, credited Wells for the name. English also foresaw biological conflicts in The War of the Worlds.
The arrival of the human being on the Moon
His work The First Men on the Moon, from 1901, showed how Mr. Bedford and Dr. Cavor reached our natural satellite, 68 years before Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made it happen. However, there is no subterranean civilization of selenites.
As the Very Interesting magazine recalls, in Wells’s day there were post, telegraph and telephone, but in When the Sleeper Wakes (1899) he wrote of a system of communication resembling television, while in Men Like Gods (1923) he wrote of a similar service to email.
In The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) Wells tells the story of a doctor that creates hybrid beings with animals and humans, a basic idea of genetic studies for animal organ transplantation.
the laser beam
Wells anticipates the use of lasers in war conflicts in The War of the Worlds (1898), but in the work they are used to fight aliens seeking human extermination. Although the former has been experimenting with, at least, since the 1980s, fortunately the second has not happened… and let’s hope it doesn’t happen.