It’s odd how art sometimes imitates life, but it’s much, much worse when life imitates art.
I mean, in a sense, it’s good that life imitates Star Trek because we need lasers to ward off unfriendly aliens when they finally arrive, as well as having intergalactic warp-speed vessels.
But it’s very, very bad when a contagion pops up, and the scenario that follows is right out of the script for the movie Contagion.
Or Outbreak, not that any President would ever nuke a US City, which was the premise in that film.
Or follow along the lines of The Omega Man, where a virus turns everyone into a zombie-like creature, with the last surviving human finally running out of luck.
There’s been quite a few doomsday scenario films, the most interesting one involving walking plants (The Day of the Triffids) but scary as they might be, what’s happening now is equally scary.
And the thing is, with the benefit of hindsight, the COVID pandemic was predicted, so it seems sci-fi writers, and screenwriters knew long before us what was going to happen.
So, what’s the next thing sci-fi writers have in store for us?
It’s been getting a lot of reports, and photographs of people in the 1930s or 1940’s supposedly with mobile phones in their hands.
Were they just ‘visiting’ or were they there to change the course of history. It doesn’t seem like there have been any changes so maybe it’s just about interpretation.
How about travelling through portals, one minute you’re in Sydney, and the next you’re in New York, on the other side of the planet. That would be good, but then we’d be upsetting the plane manufacturers, so if there was such technology, wouldn’t they buy it and shelve it?
It’s what the oil people did every time someone invented a car engine that ran on water.
What else is there that people with vested interests have shelved – a cure for cancer maybe?
I guess that’s why we have science fiction, and how some authors’ ideas become reality. I’m guessing somewhere in a laboratory there is a spaceship with a warp engine capable of travelling at the speed of light.
And there might be colonies of humans living on the moon, or on Mars – we just don’t know about it yet.
Or that aliens from other worlds live on earth, or that a select group of people on earth have met people from other planets, not necessarily in this solar system, because we know there are livable planets out there.
But the thing is if they told us the truth, would we believe it?