Robert J. Sawyer b. 1960
(won 1996 Nebula for The Terminal Experiment)
(won the 2003 Hugo for Homonids)
Kate Mulgrew b. 1955
Irvin Kershner b. 1923 died 11/27/2010
Many happy returns to the writer Mr. Sawyer and the actress Ms. Mulgrew. Mr. Kershner is gone, but he gets full marks as the director of The Empire Strikes Back. I wouldn't give him as high a grade for Robo-Cop 2, but they can't all be gems.
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982
Prediction: the robot population in the top ten countries.
West Germany 3,600,000
East Germany 1,000,000
United Kingdom 820,000
Reality: According to a report from the International Federation of Robotics, the world robot population in 2000 was about one million worldwide. Adding up the predictions in the top ten list, we get just a little under 34,000,000, which is nearly double the number reported in 2011 after a decade of remarkable growth.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
I did some more research and you won't guess what I found. More stuff from Sensible Bob Heinlein! I know, I was shocked, too!
Of course, if I give the full prediction, there's some Ridiculous Bob mixed in as well, but that sort of thing is just to be expected.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!