Top 10 Books That Predicted the Future With Eerie Accuracy

Top 10 Books That Predicted the Future With Eerie Accuracy


When authors write about the future, they
have to predict what technology and life might be like decades down the road. While the books are often written as a metaphor
for their contemporary society, some authors have made amazingly accurate predictions about
what modern life has actually become. These are all fiction books that, somehow,
managed to predict the future. 10. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? By Horace McCoy They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a relentlessly
bleak book that was published in 1935. It’s about a young man named Robert who
moves to Los Angeles to get into the film industry. When Robert tries to get work as an extra
on a movie, he meets Gloria, a young woman who wants to be an actress. After failing to get jobs, they decide to
join a dance marathon. The problem is that these marathons are death
marches that can go on for weeks. The only breaks that the contestants get are
10 minute time-outs after an hour and fifty minutes of dancing. The couple that lasts the longest gets $1,000,
and all the contestants are fed. Throughout the contest, new gimmicks are added
to liven up the marathon. Like at the end of the night, there’s a
speed walk and the couple that comes in last is eliminated. Another twist that is added to the marathon
is two contestants get married, and are saved from elimination. Other times, celebrities show up at the marathon
for cameos. Published in the mid-1930s, They Shoot Horses
was written as a metaphor of the plight of people during the Great Depression. However, today it can be seen as a frightfully
accurate precursor to reality TV shows. In reality shows, people voluntarily do things
that are physically and mentally grueling and/or humiliating, all for money and their
15 minutes of fame. Reality shows are also known for using gimmicks
to make the show more exciting. Finally, celebrities of varying degrees of
fame are known to pop up on all types of reality shows, from Big Brother to MasterChef. The question is, is a grueling dance marathon
any more dehumanizing than making someone eat something like horse rectum or blended
rats, like some contestants on Fear Factor had to do? 9. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest is a long and unwieldy book;
the story is nearly a thousand pages and there are over 100 pages of footnotes. It’s believed that the book takes place
around 2009, in an alternate timeline where the years aren’t numbered. Instead, they are sponsored by companies. For example, there is the Year of the Whopper
and the Year of the Depends Adult Undergarment. Due to the scope of the book, the plot is
impossible to summarize in a few sentences, but it’s mostly set at a tennis academy
and a halfway house for addicts. Both are in Boston, which is part of the Organization
of North American Nations, or O.N.A.N. In this reality, the United States forced
Canada and Mexico to join America as one big super state. There are several groups of characters in
the book and some of those people are looking for a lost film called “Entertainment.” The film is supposedly so entertaining that
if someone starts to watch it, they can’t stop. They will do nothing else but watch the film. This includes stopping eating and drinking,
and eventually, they will die while watching it. In many ways, Wallace’s novel predicted
contemporary life fairly accurately. Most notably, he predicted the way people
would consume media and their obsession with entertainment. In the book, people watch teleputers, which
are combinations of televisions, phones, and computers. People can get movies and TV shows off the
InterLace to watch whenever they want, and then they listen to their teleputers with
white ear plugs. Of course, all of those inventions are now
commonplace, albeit not exactly the way that Wallace envisioned it. Teleputers sound a lot like smart phones,
Wallace just didn’t predict that they would be mobile and fit in the palm of your hand,
while the InterLace is a lot like Netflix. However, Wallace thought that a system like
the Interlace would be the death of TV advertising. Finally, the earplugs are, of course, Apple’s
earbuds. Wallace also wrote about video phones, which
had been predicted by many other writers before him, but Wallace had an interesting insight. In Infinite Jest, videophones were just a
fad because people don’t like seeing themselves on the screen. In real life, there are many reasons people
don’t use video chat as frequently as texting. One reason is that people don’t like seeing
pictures of themselves. Finally, Wallace predicted the rise of Donald
Trump. In his book, the President is the loudest
and brashest right wing sensationalist of the mid-1990s – Rush Limbaugh. 8. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke Childhood’s End,
by famed sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke, is about an invasion of Earth by a group of aliens
called the Overlords. The Overlords aren’t violent, but they hide
themselves from human eyes. Through a spokesperson at the United Nations,
they say that they will reveal themselves to humankind in 50 years. During those 50 years, the Overlords improve
life on Earth in many ways – ignorance, poverty, hunger, and disease are all things
of the past. Of course, the Overlords also help advance
human technology. One of those technologies was a type of virtual
reality that is like a movie, but it is so realistic that you can’t tell the difference
between the movie and real life. “The program,” as Clarke called it, would
appeal to all the senses and would allow the person to be someone completely different
from themselves, or even a plant. Why someone would want to be a plant is beyond
us, but that isn’t the only head scratching prediction Clarke made. He also predicted that in the early 2000s,
people might watch TV for three hours a day. The only way someone would be able to watch
all the programming would be to never sleep, as opposed to it being impossible. So while Clarke didn’t foresee cable TV
or YouTube, he did correctly predict video games and virtual reality. This is pretty impressive considering that
when the book was published in 1953, televisions in homes were just becoming common. 7. The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth In Phillip Roth’s 2004 book, The Plot Against
America, a well-known celebrity gets into politics and starts to spew conspiracy theories
about minorities. Finding his niche, the celebrity, with no
political experience, panders to racists and anti-Semites. Surprisingly, he wins the nomination of the
Republican Party and then goes on to win the presidency. As president, he aligns himself with a notorious
and brutal world leader and this creates global tension and conflict. He also begins to persecute the minorities
that he villainized in his campaign. The Plot Against America takes place in an
alternate timeline and it starts in 1940. The celebrity who is running for president
is Charles Lindbergh, who uses a platform rife with anti-Semitism to become president. After he’s elected, the world leader that
Lindbergh associates himself with is Adolf Hitler. Of course, the parallels in Roth’s book
to real life should be obvious to anyone who wasn’t living under a rock in 2016. But if you were in a coma or something, let
us fill you in. Celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump ran
for the Republican ticket with no political experience. His platform included racist conspiracy theories
and he spouted offensive rhetoric about minorities. He found popularity among white nationalists
and people who were anti-immigration and then shamelessly pandered to them. Amazingly, he not only won the Republican
nomination, but he went on to win the presidency. So far, as president, Trump has alienated
several of America’s allies, but talks glowingly about
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government has a horrendous record of human rights violations,
which includes state-sponsored human trafficking. The final similarity between President Trump
and President Lindbergh is that after Trump became President, he started to persecute
those he villainized in his campaign, specifically Muslims and undocumented immigrants. 6. Neuromancer by William Gibson William Gibson’s 1984 novel, Neuromancer,
not only gave birth to the cyberpunk genre, but it also predicted cyberspace and the internet. The book follows Case, a former computer hacker
and drug addict. Before the book starts, Case was fired from
his job and his central nervous system was poisoned, so he couldn’t “jack in” to
cyberspace, which is called “the matrix.” Millions of people can jack into the matrix,
which is a 3D virtual world that appeals to all the senses. One day, Case meets a mysterious employer
who says he will help Case get back into the matrix, but in exchange, Case has to complete
an incredibly difficult hack. In 1984, there was an internet, but only a
handful of universities used it. Gibson foresaw that it would eventually connect
millions of computers. Of course, the internet isn’t as immersive
as the matrix Gibson predicted (yet) but he did predict the rise of technological addiction
and people’s need to be online. 5. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut’s debut novel, Player Piano,
was published in 1952, and it takes place in the near future, 10 years after the Third
World War. Since people were needed to fight the war,
factories were designed to be more autonomous. Also, the stock market is controlled by a
computer that tells the factories how many products the world needs. Unfortunately, this automation leads to massive
unemployment. Only managers and engineers, who have doctorates,
are employed and everyone else can either join the Reconstruction and Reclamation Corps,
where they do meaningless work like fill potholes, or they can join the army. However, being in the army has kind of lost
its meaning as well, because there is nothing to fight for. Essentially, Player Piano is about how automation
could make life purposeless for many people. Of course, we are a long way from the world
of Player Piano, but Vonnegut did correctly predict the rise of automation in society,
and that it would cause people to lose their jobs. Many people have blamed these job losses on
China, or immigrants, but that isn’t exactly the case. Since 2000, America has lost 5 million manufacturing
jobs, but American manufacturing output has increased during that time; meaning the jobs
are being lost to computers and robots, not to other countries or people. We’re seeing automation take over jobs more
and more every day. Just a few examples include with self-checkout
lanes at the grocery store or McDonald’s automated menus. In the future, more jobs are expected to be
lost to automation. Drones are already being tested for deliveries
by companies like Amazon. Notably, by 2020, self-driving cars are expected
to be the norm and this will eliminate all driving jobs. It is expected to get so bad that, over the
next 20 years in a country like Canada, four out of 10 jobs will be lost to automation. So what do you want to do? Join the army or the Reconstruction and Reclamation
Corps? 4. Earth by David Brin David Brin is best known for writing the book
The Postman, which was made into one of Kevin Costner’s worst movies (and that is saying
something). In 1989, Brin published the novel Earth, which
takes place in the year 2038. While the novel does have a plot, the book
is more or less Brin’s predictions about the future. If you’re curious what the plot is, it’s
that an artificial black hole has fallen into the Earth’s core. Scientists have a year to fix it, or the Earth
may be destroyed. The book has a large cast of characters and
through these characters, Brin explores what life might be like in the future. Currently, there is a website that keeps track
of his predictions, and there are 14 predictions confirmed to have come true and another eight
that are likely. Some of the predictions that Brin did get
right are global warming, rising sea levels, and the breaking of the levees on the Mississippi
River. Another natural disaster that is postulated
in the book that came true was the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. In 1990, people knew about the internet, but
Brin accurately predicted the World Wide Web that was invented by Tim Berners-Lee a year
after the book was published. On the “net,” as Brin calls it, there
are pages full of hyperlinks. Brin also thought that the net would be used
by major news outlets and citizen reporters, along with everyday people who wanted to express
themselves. Finally, he also foresaw spam and Trojan horse
viruses. At the time of this list, Brin still has about
21 years to be proven right on the rest of his predictions. So far, only one prediction from his book
has been disproven. In Earth, the characters haven’t discovered
any Earth-like planets and they didn’t think they would be found any time soon. In reality, we have found several Earth-like
planets that are in habitable zones around their star. The first was Kepler-186f; its discovery was
announced by NASA in 2014. 3. The World Set Free by H.G. Wells In The World Set Free, H.G. Wells predicted
atomic bombs, even going as far to use the term “atomic bomb” in his book. His bombs are uranium-based and they are about
the size of an orange. The explosion is caused by the splitting of
atoms and after the explosion, there is corrosive radiation left over. What is so impressive about this is that Wells
wrote the book in 1913, 32 years before the first nuclear bomb was tested. The World Set Free also has an interesting
role in the technology it predicted – it helped inspire its invention. In 1932, English scientists had successfully
split an atom through artificial means and the experiment didn’t show any evidence
that splitting an atom would cause a huge release of energy. Later that year, Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard
read The World Set Free and thought that Wells was correct. Splitting an atom would probably release a
lot of energy; the question was how to split the atom. A year later, he had a eureka moment. Szilard said, “It suddenly occurred to me
that if we could find an element which is split by neutrons and which would emit two
neutrons when it absorbed one neutron, such an element, if assembled in sufficiently large
mass, could sustain a nuclear chain reaction.” Szilard patented the idea in 1933, but he
was disturbed by The World Set Free. He didn’t want the patent to become public
because it might fall into the wrong hands. Something else that worried him was the rise
of Nazism. So in 1939, he drafted the letter that was
sent by Albert Einstein to Franklin Roosevelt, saying that Germany was stockpiling uranium. This letter, in turn, gave birth to the Manhattan
Project. Szilard and some British scientists worked
with the Americans, and this eventually led to the first nuclear bombs. Two of those bombs were dropped on Japan in
August 1945 at the tail end of World War II. Wells died in 1946, after having seen the
weapon that he warned against used on civilians in a war. 2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Yeah, you knew this one was coming. Published in 1935, Brave New World takes place
in the year 632 A.F., which is actually 2540 A.D. (A.F. stands for After Ford, as in the industrialist
Henry Ford). In the future, babies are born in labs, meaning
the family unit is dead. When they are children, they are told in whispers
while they sleep to buy things and to love consumer products. When they are older, the state demands that
they be sexually promiscuous, and women wear their birth control on their belts. No one has any real worries about life because
mood enhancing drugs are widely available and its usage is encouraged. Of course, contemporary society isn’t quite
to the point of Brave New World, but in all fairness to its author, Aldous Huxley, we
still have over 520 years to go. However, he did accurately depict several
aspects of contemporary culture, including our consumerist-heavy society. He also predicted antidepressants and their
prevalence in modern society. What’s interesting about Brave New World‘s
relationship to contemporary society, is that in 1985, writer and media critic Neil Postman
published the non-fiction book Amusing Ourselves to Death. In the book, Postman accurately predicts the
rise of a candidate like Donald Trump and the prevalence of fake news in society. In the introduction of the book, Postman explains
that he got the idea in 1984, when he was participating in a panel on parallels between
George Orwell’s 1984 and real life in 1984. What Postman realized is that modern life
is becoming more like Brave New World than 1984. Postman wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would
ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be
no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of
information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much
that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed
from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in
a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.” Essentially, what Postman says Huxley was
warning us against is the dangers of being oppressed by our own amusement; meaning we
use endless streams of entertainment to distract ourselves and fail to engage with real life. 1. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner Stand on Zanzibar is probably the least well
known book on the list, but it is the most accurate prediction of what life would be
like in the future. The book, which was written in 1968, follows
a large cast of characters, but many chapters are backstory and information about the world
of 2010. According to the website The Millions, there
are at least 17 amazingly accurate predictions that Brunner makes about 2010 in Stand on
Zanzibar. In the book, a major problem in society is
that individuals are committing random acts of violence, often at schools. Terrorists also threaten American interests
and attack American buildings. Between 1960 and 2010, Brunner predicted that
prices would increase six fold because of inflation; it actually increased sevenfold. America’s biggest rival is China, and not
the Soviet Union. It’s also a different dynamic because instead
of warfare or a weapons race, the competition is seen in economics, trade, and technology. As for the rest of the world, the countries
of Europe have formed into one union. Britain is part of it, but they tend to side
with the United States, while the other European countries are critical of American actions. Africa is behind the rest of the world, while
Israel’s existence is still a source of tension in the Middle East. When it comes to the lives of everyday people,
marriage still happens but young people prefer to have short-term relationships instead of
committing to someone long-term. Society is also much more liberal. Homosexuality and bisexuality is accepted. Black people are in a better position in society,
but racial tension is still prevalent. When it comes to technology, Brin predicted
that cars would run on electric fuel cells. Honda and General Motors are the two biggest
manufacturers. And even though General Motors is a Detroit
based company, Detroit is a rundown ghost town, but they have a unique techno music
scene, which really did emerge in the 1990s. TV channels are played all over the world
thanks to satellites and the TV system allows people to watch shows on their own schedule. Inflight entertainment on planes is in the
back of the seats and they feature videos and news. Also, in the book the characters can phone
each other on video screens, but instead of a picture of themselves, they use avatars,
which can look like the caller or someone completely different. There are also laser printers, which print
documents. Pharmaceuticals are used to help sexual performance,
and they are advertised. Due to a societal and political backlash,
tobacco has been marginalized and marijuana has become decriminalized. Finally, the President of the United States
is President Obomi, which is an amazing fluke or actual evidence that Brunner somehow saw
or experienced 2010. In all, Stand on Zanzibar is a pretty remarkable
vision of the future. Unfortunately, the author, John Brunner, did
not get to see many of his predictions come true – he died in 1995 at the age
of 60.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Books That Predicted the Future With Eerie Accuracy

  1. Why are people defending number 7? Can someone explain? Because the reality of trumps presidency, comparing that to the paragraph provided, does align. He is a celebrity with no political experience, kkk members do support him as well as anti-semites and white supremacy groups. He also wins Republican party nomination and wins the presidency. Maybe he's more a joke than a "notorious and brutal world leader" but people do fear his reckless behavior and how he tends to cause tension and conflicts between countries. He wants to build a wall and tried the Muslim ban, through out his campaign he was against Immigrants and Muslims(wanted Muslims to wear identification cloth so people could see them marked as muslim, kinda like how hitler marked the Jews..). I'm not saying he's going to millions of people like adolf did. I'm just wondering why people are so against this basically spot on description..

  2. There is also a book which wasn't mentioned. Hundreds of predictions that all came true. Well, except for those which simply haven't happened yet. It's called the Bible. Check it out.

  3. Eww. If Canada was ever forced to join the United States, I'd be claiming asylum in Europe.

  4. I have watched your videos for years but no more, never again. If I wanted to hear political nonsense I would have turned on the news not your channel.

  5. The fact that 1984 is not on the list, but just mentioned is telling of Simon’s political leftward bent.

  6. The fact that you left 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 off the list is very revealing about the team at Top
    Tenz.

  7. You left out the book that accurately predicted the sinking of the Titanic.

  8. After number 7, this is the last time I will ever watch TopTenz, with all the lies spouted about Trump there is no way to trust this channel any further. Prove ONE of the lies, go ahead, I dare you, creep…..

  9. Trump is not against immigration , He is against illegal immigration …..
    You are a liar ……

  10. You really should have included the short story "The Machine Stops" by E.M.Forester

  11. A clueless brit trashing my president, that earns an unsubscribe.

  12. wow

  13. trump didn't win the election-
    the democrats lost it

  14. F u Simon, no more top 10 videos for me

  15. 17:07 the president's name is "Oh bomb me"? Let me guess: the book has a happy ending.

  16. Okay, that last one though. 😱

  17. Whistler showed his leftist bias in this video

  18. Keep believing the liberal media about Trump.

  19. Rise of automation taking jobs wasn't a prediction. Look at the 18th and 19th century.

  20. Futility (or the wreck of the Titan).

  21. Even though you touched on Orwell’s 1984 you conspicuously leave it out as predicting the current social media companies who ban speech that does not conform to the doctrine of the progressive left and their creation of “thought crimes” in their characterization of hate speech as anything against the Party’s platform.
    Orwell accurately predicted the combined power of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram’s power as the Big Brother whose control of thoughts and speech is overreaching. I’d say it is more accurate than Huxley’s Brave New World.

  22. The author is a liar and a fraud, calling Trump a racist is just sooo 2017. Grow up. I feel bad having watched your vids, ah well. At least that can now change…

  23. I'm going with John Brunner was psychic.

  24. The problem with number 7, The Plot Against America is, NEITHER TRUMP OR 99% OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT HIM ARE RACIST ANTISEMITES. 👎

  25. I thought the Postman was an underrated movie.

  26. I DONT KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FAR FROM A RACIST BUT UNLIKE THE UK AND EUROPE MOST AMERICANS DONT WANT TO BE INVADED BY MUSLIMS OR ILLEGALS.

  27. I don't think the self check-outs are taking away jobs, they are there because supermarkets don't find enough people to work for them, same for McDonalds.

  28. #7 Phillip Roth predicts Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    You were seriously reaching till you got there, but I didn't realize you brought a ladder!

  29. Number 1 better be 1984!

  30. Why isn't Mein Kampf here

  31. Wankers cry over Trump, lol.

  32. Well that sucks. I used to like your top 10 so you decided to attack the president in your own subliminal way. Trump neither spouted racial crap or sided with bad dictators. As of now you need to kill your Channel

  33. Dude you are screwed-up.

  34. So the only president who finally had the US Embassy in Israel moved to it's proper spot in Jerusalem is an anti-Semite? And then you start adding in things that weren't part of the book.

  35. Talking politics was the worst thing you could’ve done. Showing you did little research on trump. Probably use the info for other things off the first webpage you click on

  36. The greatest pride for a science-fiction author is seeing his fiction turn to reality with his own two eyes.

  37. Orwell & Huxley are not mutually exclusive.

    There is a segment of the population which just isn’t interested in the information they should be paying attention to and that same information is being hidden and it is a constant battle to get the info out via Indie Journalist.

  38. honorable mention to Stranger In A Strange Land which had a first lady who ran the country using astrology

  39. I will have you know that while it has it's challenges, Detroit is NOT a deserted wasteland and is actually a haven for creative artists and activists. It has always been a place that fosters style and hustle. I encourage you to come for a visit.

  40. Bruh where are the Simpsons

  41. The Plot Against America sounds really familiar 🤔

  42. I generally really enjoy your videos and dont really have any reason to fact check your work. However, the stuff you said about Trump has been debunked for quite a while now, but i know this video is a couple years old. The claim of state sponsered human trafficing.. wheres the proof? You mean what happens at the boarder? Those people are trying to enter illegally. They US isnt obligated to give them asylum just because they say so. There is a process in which they can apply for to become citizens of the US and there is a waiting period involvled. Its not a fundamental right and the US isnt obligated to house these people on the taxpayer dime. That should always be clear.

    I would also like to point out that the same things happened under Obama… But oh.. Its obama and this is trump. Say what you want. Economy is booming, unemployment at an all time low. Whatever hes doing is working.

  43. Brunner's other novels are also amazingly prescient

  44. You forgot Geoerge Orwell's "1984"
    It's happening RIGHT NOW!!!
    "WAR is PEACE; FREEDOM is SLAVERY; IGNORANCE is STRENGTH!"
    Thought Crimes; Hate speach; New Think; New Speak; The INNER Party, The Outer party; the '"2-minute Hate" Mobs;
    Vid creens everywhere spewing 'The Party Line'; ( ClintonNewsNetwork, ETC)
    Don't even mention that Winston Smith's JOB at the 'Ministry of TRUTH' was altering History to conform with the current diktats of "The Inner Party….And HE"S the Main Character!!!
    PLUS: GEORGE ORWELL WAS A COMMUNIST!!!

  45. David Foster Wallace is amazing but his books are almost unreadable.
    The Broom of the System is a smaller version of infinite jest. Both are essentially a thesis of a psychological viewpoint.
    R.I.P.

  46. Maybe John Brunner was a time traveler?

  47. This didn’t age well lol

  48. Pause at 8:36 – if you think we’re are a long way from Player Piano, look into what’s happening at Amazon right now…

  49. Did you have to practice to talk that fast?

  50. So let me get this straight Trump is anti somatic but his son-in-law and daughter are Jewish & Israel named a city after him…. Hmmm he's racist but has not said the amount of racist things Bernie or Joe has said and finally even though there's no proof he colluded with Russia keep in mind most Republicans and no democrats like him he's able so skirt the law….. Well ok then 😕

  51. Time travellers are real. 😳
    Hand me the soma.

  52. Do you not know how to make a video without a left leaning bias? I swear you haven't made a single video without bashing right wingers and trump. So childish

  53. careful simon…..your sjw card is showing again….but thanks for describing me in such a disgusting way for not thinking like you. i like how your description of trumps base and his supporters in the picture are two exact opposites. typical liberal. deny reality and cry about how you feel and calling those who dare have a differing opinion "racists."
    also his win was not "amazing" in the surprise manner you used it. i was posting 6 months before the election he had no chance of losing. and you know why trump is 73 and doesnt wear glasses? because hes got #2020.
    edit: 8:51 lmao you seriously are butthurt about trumps win! that cnn kool aid must have tasted so good when they told you hillary had a 95% chance of winning….
    edit 2: the reason zanzibar was number one was because of the obama thing lol….

  54. your political bias is showing…

  55. Wow, What a bunch O crap. Some may agree that Trump isn’t Hitler, but still whine that the resemblances are frightening; this is nonsense. While Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is absolutely un-American and deserving of censure, trying to prevent ISIS operatives from entering the U.S. (who are trying to pose as refugees) cannot be compared to Hitler’s ideas and decrees. There is not a modicum of evidence to suggest Trump would immediately call for a boycott of all Muslim businesses and bar Muslims from holding civil service, university, and state positions (like Hitler did with the Jews) if he were to be elected. The mere existence of the “Jewish race” was what acutely troubled Hitler, while Trump has never even hinted at having a problem with those of a “Muslim race”. While I disagree with the rhetoric Trump uses when discussing immigration, he is plainly distressed with the large numbers of Hispanics and Latinos who have entered the U.S. illegally (as was President Clinton); he has never implied that he has a problem with the mere existence of their race. If he did, one in four Hispanic registered voters would probably not support Trump. However, I do realize that facts often don’t matter to the social justice warriors who desperately want to feel that they are just as valiant as those who stood up to the real Hitler.

  56. Migrant deaths just over the border in the US have been rising since the mid-1990s and especially during the Obama administration. So in 1996, there were at least 87 deaths of migrants within the US border. In 2012, the year Obama was re-elected, to the whoops and cheers of liberals across the West, there were at least 463. In total, 7,216 people died crossing the US-Mexico border between 1998 and 2017. Where were the frontpage headlines? Why weren’t there massive marches when Obama visited London? Why was there no talk of ‘America’s shame’ or ‘America’s concentration camps’?

  57. Ender's game predicted laptops and tablet computers.

  58. *Illegal immigrants

  59. Bradbury "Fahrenheit 451" predicted huge TV screens, earbuds, the fall of newspapers, children and adults losing themselves in meaningless TV and activities (driving, pointlessly going nowhere, amusement parks where you could destroy things, senseless violence), people not reading, or reading "digests" and summaries, and finally, almost spot on description of the Nixon-Kennedy debate).

  60. I can't believe you didn't include "Futility", the book that predicted the sinking of the Titanic over a decade before it happened. I thought that would be your number one!

  61. President Trump is fixing the problems in America that we have been going through sense 2006.

  62. The drugs in Brave New World *did not* predict antidepressants. The drugs in his book made you extremely happy, changed your life, no matter who you are. Antidepressants are for people with mental illness, and they don’t just magically make you happy.

  63. Orwell’s 1984 is very prophetic and is happening now and is also a really go read!

  64. Interesting in that the only mistake in predicting Trump is that he was supposed to come in as a Republican. He has been (and still is) a life long Democrat. He had some interesting comments about Muslims, but has been a champion of minorities in America. OK, nobody is perfect.

  65. Jules Verne was ahead of his time with his science fiction books.

  66. You think some of these are accurate, the Simpsons have over 50 predictions that are true and some are animated exactly how it happened (the Trump at the mall scene)

  67. "The Postman" is one of my all-time favorite books. Read it back in the 70's.

  68. Stop bashing Trump ! He is the Best American President EVER !!!

  69. I wonder if some of the authors would have laughed at some of the predictions they got right?

  70. Deranged Trump syndrome show.

  71. VERY FAKE NEWS

  72. These books are beloved of 20 something males called Dave with no social life.

  73. What about Netanyahu and Israel. You can’t tell me that Trump defends Putin more than Netanyahu or Russia more than Israel. Nor does Russia commit more crimes against humanity than Israel, the only apartheid state in the world. The one most committing genocide and ethnic cleansing.

  74. And I see that you pinned another comment from someone who refuses to do any research and determine what is true and not just because you agree. Top notch, gotta say.

  75. I really enjoyed the first 2 vids I saw on your channel, so I guess I'm just disappointed that you decided to go off on trump and some racism conspiracy. I appreciated your objectivism, but I guess I was mistaken.
    If you truly feel that Trump is racist, you should to a top ten list of the times he was supposedly racist without taking anything out of context. I'm not saying Trump doesn't say things that are abrasive or things that may be blatantly inappropriate, I'm just saying that he's not racist. Show me proof and I will change my opinion – without proof, you saying it is just your opinion.

  76. Atlas Shrugged

  77. Ever since watching the Matrix I've periodically tried to remember what the book I read as an adolescent in the 80s with a "matrix" as a plot point was. Without expecting it, I found the answer watching this list…. Who knew?

  78. Brin's The Postman is also the most accurate portrayal with the breakdown of the US and the rise of hyper-survivalist with no loyalty to anything but their own desires. Consider the case of Clive Bundy as a prime example and groups like the Proud Boys.

    But I nominate Laurence Manning's "He Who Awoke" as the most presient. The story of a man who goes into hibernation and awakes in a time when mankind has used up all the metals and oil and has had to start over on a forest based economy, using wood and wood alcohol to replace what is gone. It was published in 1933 when such losses were inconceivable.

  79. Listen up Simon : we appreciate that you are basically an empty vessel without any visible opinions of your own who reads a script prepared by someone else (in this case, Robert Grimminck, see 17:29 ), often hilariously botching what you parrot (like "Serbian" and "Siberian" being interchanged), but would you PLEASE go back to the guy who writes this stuff and ask him what evidence he bases the reckless hyperbole that "Trump is a racist" ??!! Extraordinary claims require extraordinary PROOFS – and that piffle up there SURE AIN'T IT.

  80. Nikola Tesla told of wireless communication over a hundred years before it was available.

  81. Infinite jest was scary close

  82. Childhoods end is now a movie and you should really see it

  83. Minorities are immune from criticisms. How convenient though. counterproductive and, racist.

  84. Dead Zone, Stephen King 1979

  85. If you are going to politicize your facts, you should get them right. Funny huh, leftist puppet

  86. I think I need to lay off of the peyote! Because all that crap went over my head.

  87. "Piano Player." Not so strange an alliteration but he did it twice.

  88. I’m more concerned about what people (government) keeps from us than an overload of information. Most people have the capacity to decipher for themselves what is important information and what is not.

  89. so in 4 months self driving cars are suppose to be the 'norm'? no way, even if they did hit the market in that time it would take decades to become the 'norm' because A) most people are wary of new technology and likely to chose what they know and B) the majority cant afford luxuries like brand new cars

  90. This channel has become a bore.

  91. Ohhhh shet! Watching this vid and reading comments made me think.. Is there really such a thing as science fiction as opposed to "projected" science? fiction: something that is invented.. or untrue. Isn't that redundant? If its invented wouldn't the truth lie in its invention = something that is un true, until invented. i already believed the saying "truth is stranger than fiction".. this is the first time I've applied it to this tho.. Projected science: (positive engineering) – using imagination with past and current obtained knowledge, wisdom, discoveries, (divine inspiration) and experience to create a vision of future affects deriving from the cause/s. It seems to me that the accuracy of "science fiction" is only limited by the amount of knowledge, wisdom, discoveries of the time, personal experiences, posible divine inspiration and depth of the imigination of the author. Hmm.. (butterfly affect projection). Its kinda proven true with the authors reference to A.F. (after ford) letting us know that was his focal point. If we "reverse engineer" from the date of the parts of his book that proved accurate and step it back, through dates in time leading back to the date of Henry Fords first factory… wouldn't that reveal the actual path of a "butterfly affect" and create a general formula for mapping "butterfly affects"? Am i making any sense? im reaching for imagination atm.. i beleive imagination = human "artificial intelligence" i need a joint to "boot up" my "AI" lol!

  92. Scientists have failed to figure out the mysteries of how the pyramids were built. Lets put our heads together. i would rather as a stone mason what they think about the pyramids. Lets see if we can solve it. If we all focus our knowledge and read/respond to everyones theories, write our own, agree or disagree. This little post will become more powerful than any current computer. If we agree and disagree we will find the answers based on our collective human knowledge and we will create a human singularity. All our communications are sharing and receiving information. Our power is in our sharing and obtaining knowledge through communication. Its why were here, its why we comment. We don't degrees to learn and or surpass scientist knowledge nor are we limited tonlearning 1 topic.. Lets try and amaze ourselves and possibly the world?

    FELLOW HUMANS: LETS FIGURE OUT HOW PYRAMIDS WERE BUILT?
    Don't limit yourselves to "stacked rock blocks". We would be pushing OUR technology to build a pyramid.

  93. President Trump has not once aligned himself with racists nor has he said anything racist. The democrats and other racists have repeated stupid lies about him.

  94. The fact that you left 1984 off your list shows your political bias TopTenz. Pathetic really I thought you were an actual educational channel.

  95. I’ll preface by saying that I did not vote for Trump in 2016. But I am so disgusted by people like Simon (and the channel as a whole) who repeatedly attempt to demonize they US President, trying to make him into something he is not. It has forever changed the way I vote. I watch this channel for entertainment, not manipulation.

  96. Is it Piano Player or Player Piano?

  97. None of the Trump stuff Simon said is true, all propaganda. Typical ignorant European liberal

  98. The number one and only book the BIBLE.

  99. Simon, what happened to you're entertaining lists?
    Your liberal agenda is doomed to fail.
    You are no longer one of my favorites as it is clear who you are working for.

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