John Brunner’s 1969 sci-fi novel Stand on Zanzibar, set in 2010, has proven uncannily accurate. As noted in an appreciation at literary Web site The Millions, the book correctly predicted random school shootings and terrorist attacks, a U.S.-China rivalry and the rise of a European union, sex-enhancing drugs, in-flight entertainment, and online interaction via avatars. There’s also one familiar sounding name: President Obomi, leader of the fictional African nation Beninia.
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This article originally appeared on Zola Books.