I could not help but think of Isaac when I watched the successful launches of passenger rockets developed by Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson soar into the sky in the summer of 2021, carrying the first passengers into space on privately funded spacecraft.
|H. G. Wells|
Not only that, however, he described many other things that came into existence in a form quite consistent with his descriptions. For example, in 1959 he wrote about a 'personal transceiver' small enough to carry, with which personal communication worldwide would be possible and global positioning could avoid getting lost. These are the things we take for granted now with our smart phones. In an interview five years later he described telecommuting and telemedicine.
|Arthur C. Clarke|
Clarke's stories have predicted what he called 'automatic control cars;' the potential of enabling a satellite to remain in a fixed orbit to transmit radio and television signals; and remarkably, he predicted in 1947 the year of the first moon rocket to be 1959.
Some of his predictions remain unfulfilled, like settlements on Venus and Mars by 1980. But, that does not belittle the potential influence he may have had on the dreamers of today, like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.