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Published on Feb 19, 2014

Why is some science fiction so good at predicting actual science?
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Do Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Philip K. Dick, Hugo Gernsback, Robert Heinlein, or Isaac Asimov hold a candle to H.G. Wells when it comes to correctly predicting the future of science via science fiction?

And why does some science fiction do such a good job of predicting the future in the first place?

Check out these other great H.G. Wells-inspired videos from our PBS friends:

PBS Idea Channel: "What Is Fiction?"

PBS Digital Studios/James W. Griffiths: "A Solitary World" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWJKLY...

Fun links to dig deeper:

Arthur C. Clarke's 1945 article "Extra Terrestrial Relays" http://lakdiva.org/clarke/1945ww/
Isaac Asimov's 1964 World's Fair predictions: http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/23...
Mouse memory "implantation": http://wapo.st/Md1gN3
Ray Bradbury hanging with Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyst-D...
Isaac Asimov talks to Bill Moyers Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CwUuU...
Isaac Asimov talks to Bill Moyers Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJAIER...

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Joe Hanson - Host and writer
Joe Nicolosi - Director
Amanda Fox - Producer, Spotzen Inc.
Katie Graham - Director of Photography
Andrew Matthews - Editor and motion graphics
John Knudsen - Gaffer
Isaac Hammons - Sound

Music:
"Ourobouros" by Kevin MacLeod
"Opening Theme A" by Kevin MacLeod

Produced by PBS Digital Studios: http://www.youtube.com/user/pbsdigita...

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