James Blish b. 1921 died 29 July 1975
(won 1959 Hugo for A Case Of Conscience)
Doing a little digging, Mr. Blish also wrote some near future histories and though out of print, they are available at my local public library (yay, socialism!), so his predictions will start showing up on the blog in the next few weeks.
There are several pictures of Blish on the Internet, most of them taken when he was older. He shaved off the pencil thin mustache, which is a damned dirty shame. A man in a sharp suit with a pencil thin mustache is a man who is going places.
Predictor: Arthur C. Clarke in 2010: Odyssey Two, published 1982
Reality: If Clarke gets any points for this one, it's that he sees China will be a major player about thirty years into the future. Writing in 1982, the shuttle program is boosting interest in space exploration, so he can be somewhat forgiven for assuming things were going to start moving again in a big damned hurry.
Even with excuses, he was wrong about the future of space exploration. And as for the reason, water is still plentiful enough that we don’t have to import it from off-world. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
A French postcard foresees the future of education... in the year 2000!
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!