So much for the prognosticative abilities of science-fiction novelists. As Sarah Robinson of the Web site AlterNet explains,
Back in 1987, L. Ron Hubbard created a time capsule of sorts. He challenged his fellow science-fiction writers, along with a smattering of famous scientists, to write letters to the people of 2012 offering their visions of what the world might look like in another 25 years. (Yes, that Hubbard–the Scientology guy. But he was a well-known SF writer before he started the church, and it was in that guise that he threw down this challenge.)
So here we are, in the high summer of 2012, and it’s time to go back and see just how much they got right–and wrong.
Check out Robinson’s assessment of the results here.