Trump’s Fate Predicted by MI6 Officer 36 years ago?
January 15th, 2017
“What if the Soviet Union gained control over the US Presidency? SIS agent James Mackay fears that this may already be happening…” so wrote ex MI6 Colonel Ted Alleubry 36 years ago in his novel The Twentieth Day of January. I suppose it’s an obvious plot but it raises the interesting question of how often fiction predicts fact.
Do you know of any fictional works that have ended up being predictive – describing events that subsequently happened?
And guess how many people are now scrambling to buy the film rights to Ted Allbeury’s book?!
There was a book written in 1935 by Sinclair Lewis entitled ” It can’t happen here”. It described the rise of a right wing demogogue. Good Reads quotes, “It Can’t Happen Here is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression when America was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a President who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, rampant promiscuity, crime, and a liberal press”
Thanks Scott.”It Can’t Happen Here” sounds like the theme tune for both Britain and the USA for 2016!
I find myself thinking back to Fletcher Knebel’s 1960s political potboiler, Seven Days in May…
Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, the 1898 novella by Morgan Robertson, is one of the classics.
Thanks Tracy! That’s amazing. Wikipedia says: “Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan is an 1898 novella written by Morgan Robertson. The story features the fictional ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg.” 14 years later we had the Titanic sinking. What’s happening here: chance? or is the author tuning in to the future?