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.
He wrote one book called, “The Time Machine”, a novel in which a man traveles through time, recording future events, and then brings back the information to the past.
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 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,
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.