Friday, June 21, 2013
21 June 2013
Minority Report released, 2002
I know it's Tom Cruise, but it's also Steven Speilberg and Philip K. Dick, so I don't that bad saying I actually liked Minority Report, though it did feel like it could have ended thirty minutes earlier than it did. The world looked both futuristic and a little run down, which adds to the realism.
The action is supposed to take place in 2054, which is too far into the future for me to consider it to be verifiable or falsifiable.
Prediction: People in diving suits will ride giant mutant sea horses for entertainment.
Predictor: French postcards published in 1900
Reality: In a recent comment thread, I said that John Elfreth Watkins was good but tended to be on the cautious side, and his record is better than the later sci-fi writers who are making predictions decades later about 2000 because of his caution and not being enamored of space travel like Clarke, Niven and Heinlein. Space travel didn't exist and did not even look like an option in 1900, and Watkins was not a fiction writer who enjoyed flights of fancy.
I could compare him to the French and German postcards, who are making predictions from 1900 about 2000.
Watkins whips them like red-headed stepchildren.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We get a look at a racist's future wet dream.
No, I'm not talking about Paula Deen on a sugar and butter rush.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!