It will be six years before we know if Kim Stanley Robinson
’s first colonial voyage to Mars is on schedule and 802,681 years before we can render a verdict on H. G. Wells’s Eloi and Morlocks
, but for many beloved speculative books, those far-flung years are now in our past, and their predictions are ripe for judgement. Some authors' prognostications have proven excessively bleak or excessively optimistic (we are still waiting for our hoverboards), while others make us wonder if there are secret time travelers in our midst.
From Ursula K. Le Guin’s gloomy 2002 Portland to John Brunner’s overpopulated 2010 NYC , here are eight of our favorite books that made predictions about futures past, with varying degrees of accuracy...