Science fiction writers guessed at 2012

A group of American science fiction writers imagined what 2012 would be like in 1987.  Their predictions were buried in a time capsule, and just now hauled into daylight.

It’s a fascinating, short read.  Partly for the things these guys got wrong:

the most plausible future scenario is all-out nuclear war.

Probate and copyright law will be entirely restructured by 2012 because people will be frozen at death, and there will be electronic means of consulting them. Many attorneys will specialize in advocacy for the dead.

America and the U.S.S.R. preserve an uneasy accord, each testing the other’s will within well-defined limits

it is very good at last to see this much industry located off-planet, this many permanent space residents and increased exploration of the solar system.

And the occasional near hit:

Oil is running out, but shale-extracted oil is getting cheaper. The real shortage in much of the world is…water.

The one which moves me is from Jack Williamson:

GREETINGS TO 2012:

If we had a time-phone, now in 1987, we would beg you to forgive us. We have burdened you with impossible debts, wasted and polluted the planet that should have been your rich heritage, left you instead a dreadful legacy of ignorance, want, and war.

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