The Currently Reading Super Topic

#228

Okay this is rediculous.


Are we sure time travel isn’t a thing? Because my Google Home does all those things listed.
Edit: 2 pages later, the book predicts the Roomba.

Parked out of sight in a closet would be your robot vacuum cleaner. According to a preprogrammed schedule, it would roll out of the closet, cruise over a premapped course on the floor, and do the week’s cleaning.

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#229

What the… How the… Excuse me? This was written in 1986? Man’s a wizard. Only explanation.

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#230

Well George Orwell predict the future in his book 1984

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#231

I should probably say that he didn’t get everything right, but what he does, he is very specific about. He seems to have overestimated our travel speeds (cars running at Mach 3) and is really certain that videodiscs will be very common and useful, but there’s something every few pages that just hits me with a sudden
“This is how it is! How could he know that!?!”

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#232

I’m very, very thankful that cars don’t go Mach 3.

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#233

I think while he gave pretty realistic (and scarily accurate) predictions for everyday life, he is quite certain that we must start colonizing the moon by 2019 and so I think that’s accelerated his timeline transportation-wise.

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#234

I think I heard something about trying to Colonize another celestial body but I think that’s in the coming years according to whatever it was. I’ll look for it and maybe create a topic for sciencey stuff if we don’t have one.

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#235

Do you guys remember the smart TV scare a couple of years ago? Well Orwell predict that telescreens would be found in everyones homes for entertainment. But that the TVs would also watch and listen to everything you did which is exactly what happened with Samsung and a few others.

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#236

I actually don’t remember that, although then again ive always had the mindset that if a company wants to watch me sit on my couch watching Top Gun, Ladder 49 or Lord of the Rings etc. for the 749th time so be it.

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#237

@Ignatius: there’s serious discussion about the colonization of Mars, even to the point that NASA is holding a closed competition for prefab home designs.
@Rimor: Remember the movie Batman Forever? Remember the TVs?

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#238

I don’t believe I’ve seen the film :laughing:

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#239

Speaking of colonizing Mars, there’s a phone game, TerraGenesis, that simulates colonizing other planets. It’s kinda neat, if people wanna check it out.

And @Sellalellen it’s alwats interesting to see what older authors get right and wrong about the future. Discs seem especially prominent in older fiction, which tells you just how unpredictable cloud storage was in the common perception. :smile:

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#240

I’ve played TerraGenesis, but it couldn’t hold my attention.

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#241

This looks like such a good book! I’m excited to find myself a copy.

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#242

Also, finished Flora and Fauna and starting Cosmos and Time. After that, I might take a swing at The Hate U Give.

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#243

I just picked this up while I was on a road trip. It’s both familiar and new, and it’s a lot of fun to read aloud.

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#244

Just finished Sarah Gailey’s Magic for Liars. Anyone else read it?

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#245

I have a couple of Shakespeare Star Wars books that’re similar, they’re such a fun time!

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#246

For all the medieval fantasy lovers here if you haven’t already please, please read the Throne of Glass series. I beg you. Although do be warned that there are some pretty well described sex scenes so if you aren’t into that I guess don’t read it.

Dear Mala this series is amazing. It hit me in the feels. All the feels. Even though Books, shows, movies (excluding Ladder 49) don’t really move me. Even though my favorite character only came in the third book I feel at least some connection to all the characters. Even those horrible characters, I respected what and why they were.

Just please, if you like medieval fantasy I’m damn near certain you’ll at least enjoy this series.

Edit: I’m finishing up the last book that’s why I put it here rather than Favorite fantasy

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#247

Please tell me someone else has read Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I’m 90% done and I love it and I’m suffering.

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