H.G. Wells was born in England, 1866, a time before light bulbs were invented, before airplanes, and when horses were used primarily for travel. Even dynamite had not been invented yet.

What makes this even more strange is that one of his books was called, “The Time Machine”, a novel in which a man traveles through time recording future events and bringing the information back to the past to tell others as a warning.

The novel was first published in 1895 and was considered to be one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. The term “time machine” was coined by Wells and is now universally used in science fiction.

Here are 9 of the most astonishing predictions made in those supposedly fictional stories.

Prediction 1: Fourth Dimension
Book: The Time Machine (1895)
H.G. Wells famously employed the concept of a higher temporal dimension, his explanation of a Fourth Dimension. He did this before Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity which describes time as the fourth dimension.

“There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time.”
― H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

Prediction 2: Second World War
Book: The Shape of Things to Come (1933)
Wells correctly predicted that a global conflict would break out within a decade, erupting in Eastern Europe before sucking in all the world powers. His descriptions of carpet bombing raids and gas attacks proved factually accurate. The book was adapted for a 1936 film Things to Come, which, when seen by the people at the time, was so unbelievable that they were heard laughing in the theaters. He warned that air warfare would consistently win the ground battle. This was not realized when H.G. Wells conceived it, and it took many years for people to accept the idea.

Prediction 3: Nuclear weapons
Book: The World Set Free (1914)
He predicted the breakthrough of nuclear chain reactions. Wells used the phrase “atomic bombs” in his book during an age of steam engines. He described a weapon that could explode continuously using the power of radioactivity. He also foresaw the problem of nuclear proliferation.

Prediction 4: Windfarms
Book: The Sleeper Awakes (1910)
From the book: “And all over the countryside, he knew, on every crest and hill, where once the hedges had interlaced, and cottages, churches, inns, and farmhouses had nestled among their trees, wind wheels similar to those he saw and bearing like them vast advertisements, gaunt and distinctive symbols of the new age, cast their whirling shadows and stored incessantly the energy that flowed away incessantly through all the arteries of the city.”

Prediction 5: NWO
Book: The New World Order (1940)
Wells said a NWO, (New World Order), would come about by the elite controlling the air and sea lanes, as well as energy production, which indeed they have done.

Prediction 6: Genetic engineering
Book: The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1896)
The book talks about creating human-animal hybrids known as “chimeras“, which are now routinely conceived for medical research, such as the very real GMO cross planted “Spider Goats”, “Human Cows”, and “Human Pigs”.

Prediction 7: Heat-Ray
Book: The War of the Worlds (1898)
The book describes a weapon which fired streams of energy powerful enough to set fire to flesh and incinerate buildings. Laser weaponry is now a reality and is a central element to shoot down enemy missiles. The US military literally called the first lasers heat rays after they created them for warfare.

Prediction 8: Television
Book: The Sleeper Awakes (1910) 
A man who comes out of a coma two hundred years in the future is forced to deal with a world that now has mass communication. Wells’ prescient understanding of technology, especially his detailed description of the television, was eerie.

Prediction 9: Invisibility
Book: The Invisible Man (1897)
In the book, he spoke of a human being given the same “refractive index” of air. A scientist recently improved a cloaking shroud, created in Japan, that has this ability. The British military has also recently created tanks with this new cloaking system to make them physically invisible.

Where did H.G. Wells get all of this future information?

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  1. Science fiction guides the human exploration. It just shows how much influence he had to steer public discovery. It could have gone a number of ways, but we followed the ideas and made them happen.
    He was also very observant and trusted his instinct. “ Indeed Christianity passes. Passes—it has gone! It has littered the beaches of life with churches, cathedrals, shrines and crucifixes, prejudices and intolerances, like the sea urchin and starfish and empty shells and lumps of stinging jelly upon the sands here after a tide. A tidal wave out of Egypt. And it has left a multitude of little wriggling theologians and confessors and apologists hopping and burrowing in the warm nutritious sand. But in the hearts of living men, what remains of it now? Doubtful scraps of Arianism. Phrases. Sentiments. Habit

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    • You Stated — “science fiction guides the human exploration”

      My Response — I agree with that statement; with the exception of this particular observation from his writings, which seems to be too precise to be simple inspirational coincidence.

      “Nuclear weapons
      Book: The World Set Free (1914)
      He predicted the breakthrough of nuclear chain reactions. Wells used the phrase “atomic bombs” in his book during an age of steam engines. He described a weapon that could explode continuously using the power of radioactivity. He also foresaw the problem of nuclear proliferation.”

      You Stated — “Christianity passes…”

      My Response — I don’t see any religious connections to this article or his precognitiv insight. If I’m following you correctly then I would respond that precognition does not disprove belief systems.

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      • This is the interesting part. HG was able to convince you he could see the future, possible so astute as an observer he could see it coming years in advance, but you doubt his assessment of religion.
        On the other hand, I think we forget how intelligent and what type of conversations were taking place about science 2-300 years ago even. We haven’t really gone that far from the natural philosophy of his time.

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        • You Stated — “HG was able to convince you he could see the future”

          My Response — There is no evidence or claim that I am aware of that points to HG being able to see the future, on the contrary, his books were published as fiction, which indicates he was either not aware or deceptive in his delivery. My post is on the predictions his writings made outright not the origin of the data.

          Also keep in mind that I had already conceded that some of the writings may have driven the discovery, with the exception of, the “nuclear” fiction, which was to precise to be coincidence (but still origin unknown).

          I think it’s safe to say that we don’t (for sure) know where the information is coming from, but we may be getting closer though various methods of observation and technology.

          You Stated — “but you doubt his assessment of religion.”

          My Response — I am not aware of his religious position. I rarely take interest in personal beliefs unless that is the subject of the research. In his case I was studying unstructured data and it’s practical use with current events, something I am working on: https://realitydecoded.blog/category/fragments-and-future-data/

          As you are aware there are more beliefs than rain drops when it comes to human understanding of just about any topic, religion, politics, culture, etc. I doubt his position on religion has the power to sway my beliefs one way or the other, but they shouldn’t have any bearing on his writings having persistent precognitive information.

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  2. What a great imagination did H.G.Wells had!!
    He imagined and talked about so many things then, and so many of them proved right.

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