Like Jules Verne, part of what made H. G. Wells so successful as a writer that lasted well beyond his time was his incredible imagination and ability to see into the future. The ability to predict what the future might be like (according to his turn-of-the-century view) was a world where trains and cars helped disperse people away from the big cities and out into the suburbs; increased sexual freedom for both men and women, a European Union, and a world were moral values were continually on the decline. But more striking then the hits that he scored in his vision of the future, are his misses. Most notably, he predicted that the airplane would have no place in the future and neither would the submarine, the latter he described as “my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocate its crew and founder at sea.”

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