Thursday, August 15, 2013
15 August 2013
Jennifer Lawrence b. 1990 (The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class)
Ben Affleck b. 1972 (Daredevil)
Matthew Wood b. 1972 (voice of General Grevious)
Anthony Anderson b. 1970 (Transformers)
The Cute Girl = Picture Slot rule is used fairly regularly on this blog, but today I would argue Ms. Lawrence deserves the picture more than the other three because her best known role is in a genre movie. Mr. Wood is a voice actor and his face is not well known, and Affleck and Anderson both have long successful careers with very few roles in sci-fi or fantasy.
Many happy returns to them all.
Prediction: By 1965 it was no longer possible for an ordinary young man to get a living as a minister of any church.
Predictor: H.G. Wells in The Shape of Things to Come, published in 1933
Reality: This is not the first or the last prediction in speculative fiction that religion was on the way out. We've already had a similar prediction from James Blish, though he wrote his in the 1950s and assumed religion's expiration date would be in the 21st Century.
I am a little confused by the phrase "ordinary young man" here. Could "extraordinary young men" get jobs as ministers? Did you need to have webbed fingers or a lovely singing voice? Wells does not make this clear.
Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE!
An exact date from 2000 predicted in a movie from 1998.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!