Sixties Sci-Fi Novel's Uncanny Predictions

by Linus Edwards


Ted Gioia writes about the prescient 1969 science-fiction novel, Stand on Zanzibar, which made numerous accurate predictions of what current day life would be like.

Other science fiction books have occasionally made successful predictions, from Jules Verne's Around the Moon (1865), which eerily anticipated many details of the Apollo program, to William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) with its descriptions of cyberspace and hackers. But Brunner's work stands out as the most uncanny anticipation of what would actually change and what would stay the same in the decades following its publication.

Amongst the many correct predictions are random acts of school violence, computer avatars, and sexual performance enhancing drugs being widely used and advertised.