Life imitates Art in Undercurrents: Future Tech Predictions in Science Fiction

Over the years, the books of the Orphanage/Jason Wander series and the Orphan’s Legacy series that followed them have predicted some things with surprising accuracy, although plenty of people saw them coming.  But lots of those predictions came true decades before I, or lots of others, thought they would.

Sci-Fi channel called Orphan’s Destiny “positvely prophetic” when the book, depicting abysmal government response to disasters, appeared contemporaneous with the Hurricane Katrina debacle.

America was going to elect an African-American President, but not for another thirty years or so.

When Orphanage’s manuscript was sold back in the dark ages of early 2002, I thought that a miniature “personal assistant” carried on the wrist or in a pocket from which one could email, access the Internet, and be tracked by GPS so well that privacy concerns would arise, was decades away.  Say hello to my smartphone.  Hybrid cars?  ditto.  The demise of paper books?  Yep.

As for the predicted continued atrophy of manned spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit, however, I’ll stick to my guns.

The premise that some kind of victory in the amorphous war on terror would lead to reduced defense spending may be upon us, if recent headlines in the wake of Osama’s demise prove true.

So it should come as no surprise that Undercurrents , which officially hits the shelves July 5, 2011 features a free fall parachute jump from the edge of space, just as this article runs:

Alien invasion, not so much, but we still have a few decades to go.



2 Responses to “Life imitates Art in Undercurrents: Future Tech Predictions in Science Fiction”

  1. Mario Says:

    Mr. Buettner,

    Thanks for posting the article regarding space parachuting. I remember seeing the concept in an episode of The Universe called “Edge of Space.” One of NASA’s flight surgeons thought about it as a safety feature for shuttle crews after his wife died in the Columbia disaster. Of course, with the shuttle fleet retiring, I would think that has an uncertain future. Still, it’s always exciting to hear about this inching closer and closer to reality.


  2. robertbuettner Says:

    Thanks, Mario. Of course, because of the lack of atmosphere up high, the parachuting part follows the space part.

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