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Prophets of Science Fiction - New Series on Sci Fi Channel

Robert Heinlein

Science fiction legend Robert Heinlein is a walking contradiction. His stories address themes of patriotism and duty while at the same time stressing the importance of personal freedom and expression.

In Robert Heinlein's 1952 novel The Puppet Masters, the world is taken over by mind-controlling invaders. Is this mere science fiction? Not when an actual cutting-edge magnetic device has been proven to alter the outcome of decisions when trained on the human brain.

With 1960's Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein writes of a military equipped with strength-enhancing power suits. Today, electronic exoskeletons are being developed for the U.S. Army, to create the super soldiers of tomorrow.


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Comment by Ed Price
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What is extremely interesting to note is, a high percentage of SciFi writers from the early-mid 1900s, predicted that America and earth as a whole would have operational bases on the moon by as early as 1970, but by the early 2000s for sure. Do we have any bases on the moon whatsoever? If we do, they are shrouded in a total military secrecy blackout - if such a thing is even possible.

The point is, once anybody gets into the mode of inventing, he can invent all kinds of things. And ANYBODY can make predictions. So what about these SciFi authors' predictions? Perhaps they were part of the driving force behind much of what has been invented in recent years. But they were farther off with most of their predictions that the ones that have come true.

Two additional points:

1. The vast number of SciFi writers' marvelous inventions have NOT been invented, while a host of inventions they never mentioned have.

2. The base of the background setting for over 99% of the famous SciFi writers' stories, is evolution. Almost every famous SciFi story has at its basic core, even if not directly written about, the idea that all life sprang from evolution. Yet, modern science has proven that every form of evolution that has been imagined so far, is completely impossible to have happened in reality, at least in any way that we understand clearly.

SciFi writers aren't anything special. They are simply romantics who happened to be extremely able to put their mouth where their money should have been.

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