Books are often a source of inspiration and introduction to a world different from the one you live in. Sometimes books or rather authors unwittingly make predictions of the future in their books which come true. Some of these predictions could be significant while others might not be but they did come true nonetheless. 8 such books, which made accurate predictions, are listed below.

Gulliver’s Travels

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Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver’s Travels of 1735 had written about Mars having two moons which were found to be true about 142 years later in 1872 when the discovery was made.

From The Earth To The Moon

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When Jules Verne in 1865 wrote the book From The Earth To The Moon he mentioned the idea of solar sails being used and about 145 years later solar sail was used successfully in 2010.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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Jules Verne also wrote 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in 1870, 5 years after From The Earth To The Moon. He mentioned about “electric powered” submarines being used as means of exploitation and such submarines were put to service in the 1960s, 90 years after he visualised.


Looking Backwards

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The use of credit cards was predicted way back in 1888 in Edward Bellamy’s book Looking Backwards and they were invented in 1950, about 62 years later.

In The Year 2889

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The concept of skywriting by planes was first mentioned in Jules Verne’s 1889 book titled ‘In The Year 2889’. The first attempt at skywriting was done 26 years later in San Francisco in 1915 at an air show.

The Sleeper Wakes

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In the book When The Sleeper Wakes, author H. G. Wells, in 1899, had mentioned use of motion sensing automatic doors, which were invented 60 years later in 1960.

The Land Ironclads

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H.G. Wells in his book The Land Ironclads wrote about tanks back in 1903. And the first tanks were used 13 years later during the First World War.

The Achievements of Luther Trant

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The lie detector test was first mentioned in 1910 in the book The Achievements of Luther Trant written by Edwin Balmer and William MacHarg but the first polygraph test was actually carried only 14 years later in 1924.

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