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Sometimes a fiction can be a way to find out the eternal truths about world, it can be an insight into our humanly state or it can just be a way to escape the real world. In order to achieve the above, a writer may use the future as the backdrop to his story; he might also be very assertive about his predictions of the future.

Sometimes their predictions can be envisaging for example how future generation will be communicating or travelling. The imaginations of a novelist John Brunner, from the era when radio was the only wireless communication device, have proved to be quite astonishing in the matter of being precise in predicting the future.

John Brunner in his 1968 novel ‘Stand on Zanzibar’, his depiction of life in 2010 were found to be shockingly accurate e.g. same-sex marriages, wearable technology. The way Brunner painted the picture for his future left people surprised in its resemblance with the actually happened.

John Brunner was only six years old when discovered the world of science fiction. During the rage of World War II, the Brunner family moved to Herefordshire, where Brunner’s father started a farm in effects of playing his part during the war.

During the chaos, his grandfather’s 1898 copy of ‘the War of Worlds’ by HG Wells was left in a shelf in the playroom. Brunner found it, read it and was imprinted by the genre “as permanently as one of Konrad Lorenz’s geese” which he later explained in his autobiography.

The way that Brunner made Zanzibar’s crystal-ball-gazing predictions so mesmerizing is based on his careful observations, reading, listening and most importantly his imaginations. His writings show that his insights of the future were based on his immersing concentration on the present which allowed him to see the future with unnerving clarity. He died in 1995 when he was attending a science fiction conference.

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