Duncan Jones b. 1971
Mark Sheppard b. 1964
Colm Meaney b. 1953
Michael Piller b. 1948 died 11/1/2005
Jones is a director, Source Code and Moon his best known genre work. Sheppard is an actor and played recurring roles on Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse. Piller did a lot of writing for the Star Trek franchise and Meaney gets the picture slot for being the best known of all these guys.
Condolences to the family and friends of Piller, who died so young and many happy returns of the day to Jones, Sheppard and Meaney.
Prediction: 30 May 1887: Julian West falls into a coma, only to waken in the year 2000
Predictor: Edward Bellamy, in his 1888 novel Looking Backward:2000-1887
Reality: Unlike Rip Van Winkle who awakens with a long beard, West goes into a kind of suspended animation and wakes with no atrophy or aging whatsoever. If you want to know why this is so, I'll put it in the comments since it's technically a spoiler.
I waited until this day to mention Bellamy because it was the first exact date in his book. It is a hugely influential work and we will soon have predictions from books that were considered "answer novels" to this from several writers. Both Jack London and H.G. Wells acknowledge being influenced by Bellamy and several of the predictions of John Elfreth Watkins sound very much like descriptions from Bellamy's writing. Likewise, some pictures from the French and German postcards depict ideas found in this novel.
Without giving too much away, Bellamy envisions a socialist utopia but really does not discuss any struggles that would have had to take place to bring this paradise about. Almost all books influenced by his make the understandable artistic decision of actually having a plot, something Looking Backward lacks. We will actual predictions from the book later in the year.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We interrupt our regular Friday postcards with two names that have been known to make grown men shudder and wince in pain... Gerry and Sylvia Anderson!
You thought you could avoid them, that they were gone forever, didn't you? Foolish human.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!