Posted by Alana T.
It has often been said that science fiction foretells the future. Certainly, there are many examples of seemingly fantastical inventions (for their time) that are commonplace today: videophones (Skype, anyone?), instant foods and stretchy clothing. Then, there are the things that are supposed to be everywhere in the 21st century, but haven't yet materialized (darn) - a colony on the moon and my own personal rocket jetpack.
Sometimes though, science fiction is more subtle. It isn't the do-dads that are important, it's the political or cultural atmosphere imagined in a novel that foretells the future. Think of our lives today, electronic everything, corporate this & that, mixed with a general feeling that things were somehow better in the past. Three of the best examples of this are described below. If you don't usually read science fiction, give one of these a try.