One of the things that drew me to science fiction as a reader and eventually as a writer, was the idea of seeing the future, not just imagining it, but predicting it.
Veteran science fiction authors like Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov took their knowledge of science fact and created fiction that gave readers a glimpse into the future. I always wondered if these authors were simply able to predict the future or if it was just inevitable that reality would one day catch up with their imaginations.
Reader and fellow author JW Cleland sent me the link to this article yesterday:
[Caution: the topic may not be completely work safe!]
I had to laugh because it was always a secret fantasy of mine to be able to predict the future…and it seems like maybe reality is catching up with my imagination, or at least the part of my imagination I channeled when I wrote SEVEN DAYS IN SYDNEY.
In SEVEN DAYS, the robotic body given to my protagonist Tess Ronson is technically a medical device, designed to give people with debilitating illnesses or injuries a temporary ‘home’ for their consciousness while their organic body heals. Of course, one of the first things Tess experiences with her borrowed body is mindblowing sex, thus paving the way for a whole host of ‘extracurricular’ uses for robotic bodies.
I’m pretty sure my story didn’t inspire the invention of the sex-bot, but I may have to give the company that created the prototype credit for inspiring one of my stories in the future.