1. When Dean Koontz predicted a lethal virus made in Wuhan
In his 1981 crime-thriller ‘The Eyes of Darkness’, writer Dean Koontz wrote a couple of lethal virus known as Wuhan-400 made in Wuhan, China which had the ability to kill tons of of individuals. Now 40 years later with the Coronavirus pandemic originating from Wuhan in China, readers are amazed on the errie similarity between Koontz’s fictional world and the pandemic.
2. When Peter Could wrote in regards to the world being underneath lockdown because of a plague
Former journalist-screenwriter Peter Could wrote a crime-thriller titled ‘Lockdown’ 15 years in the past in 2005. Within the e-book, Could imagined London because the epicenter of a plague which quickly spreads to the entire world. Because the title suggests, international locations go underneath lockdown to include the illness. The e-book was earlier rejected for being “unrealistic” again in 2005, however now as we’re coping with an analogous scenario because of Coronavirus pandemic, ‘Lockdown’ by Peter Could lastly acquired printed in 2020.
3. When Arthur C Clarke predicted the web
In a 1974 interview, science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke had predicted in regards to the creation of the web within the 21st century! The interview was not too long ago printed once more by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). On being requested about how life can be in 2001, Clarke mentioned within the 1974 interview that computer systems and the web would grow to be fairly frequent. Though Clarke does not name it the web again then in 1974, he mentioned that computer systems will give “all the knowledge he wants for his on a regular basis life: his financial institution statements, his theater reservations, all the knowledge you want over the course of dwelling in a fancy fashionable society”. Is not that incredible?
4. When Amitav Ghosh wrote a couple of cyclone hitting Mumbai in his 2016 e-book ‘The Nice Derangement’
The yr 2020 has seen many conditions which not often occurred before– be it a pandemic or cyclones hitting Kolkata and Mumbai. Whereas folks had been shocked to know that cyclone Nisarg is about to hit Mumbai, that too within the midst of a pandemic, award-winning writer Amitav Ghosh had warned in regards to the calamity in his e-book ‘The Nice Derangement: Local weather Change and the Unthinkable’ which was printed in 2016! Speaking about it he advised Mumbai Mirror in an interview, “It’s uncanny and disturbing that one thing you had foreseen performs out in actual life. I’ve been attempting for years to warn Mumbaikars that this (a cyclone) was an actual risk.” He additional mentioned, “Mumbai has not been hit by a significant cyclone in additional than a century, so folks have simply forgotten that the chance exists. However that is only a historic anomaly- between 1618 and 1854 Mumbai was hit by 5 main cyclones, a few of which destroys a lot of the town. In ‘The Nice Derangement’ I’ve written about Mumbai’s vulnerabilities, that are certainly distinctive as a result of it’s fully uncovered to the open ocean.”
5. When George Orwell wrote in his e-book ‘1984’ a couple of world the place residents are continually underneath Authorities surveillance
In ‘1984’ George Orwell writes a couple of dystopian world the place corporations and governments preserve a relentless eye on folks’s private information and (mis)use it. Through the years with technological developments, it looks like Orwell’s fictional world has come true. With most issues going digital– be it transactions and financial institution particulars, on-line purchasing, opinions and private life shared on social media, etc– there’s little digital privateness left which may usually backfire for customers.
6. When Roald Dahl wrote about an assault on the tall buildings within the US, years earlier than the 9/11 assaults
Beloved youngsters’s author Roald Dahl wrote a captivating and fairly innocent scene in his 1961 e-book ‘James and the Large Peach’ whereby James and a bunch of misfits float away to New York on an enormous peach. Onlookers assume the enormous peach to be a bomb and they’re scared considering there’s an assault on the tall buildings in New York. “Far beneath them, within the Metropolis of New York, one thing like a pandemonium was breaking out. An incredible spherical ball as huge as a home had been sighted hovering excessive up within the sky over the very centre of Manhattan, and the cry had gone up that it was to blow the entire metropolis to smithereens.” If the outline does not ring a bell, then Quentine Blake’s illustration would certainly remind you of the lethal 9/11 assaults in 2001 that shook not simply America however the world. Take a look:
Actually literature not solely makes us perceive ourselves higher and be empathetic in direction of others, it additionally helps us make sense of our world which is continually altering. Furthermore, in case you are a believer of Karma or the legislation of attraction within the Universe then you definitely’ll agree that our intentions by our ideas, deeds and phrases – spoken or written- do have the aptitude to come back true, even subconsciously.