Aside from being a very popular genre of entertainment, science fiction has always had this reputation of being somehow prophetic. As the influence of science on the world accelerated, science fiction seemed to develop a track record for predicting what was going to happen next.
And as that track record became more visible, some people began to attribute a sort of power and influence to these stories.
Correlations between them and real events were shown as evidence of causality:
Arthur C. Clarke invented the communications satellite
Star Trek invented the cell phone
Isaac Asimov gave us robotics
H.G. Welles invented the atomic bomb
Nobody can argue that there are clear correlations. But as any good scientist will tell you: correlation doesn’t always prove causality. So does sci-fi live up to the hype? Does it predict the future?
Does it have any kind of influence over our future?