So, last week Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun. As a result the passing of renowned science fiction author Ray Bradbury was sort of lost amongst the news. It actually shocked me that I haven’t heard much about his death, especially as it happened during a real once in a lifetime astronomical event. The New York Times’ obituary correctly stated that Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream but it was The Washington Post that hallmarked several modern day technologies that Bradbury had envisioned much earlier in his writing, such as the idea of twenty-four hour banking with ATMs (robot tellers in the book) and earbud headphones and Bluetooth headsets from Fahrenheit 451, and the concepts of artificial intelligence.
As you can see from the infographic above (click for a larger version), Bradbury predicted several other scientific developments accurately in the stories he wrote. He truly was a visionary and the world is lesser for his passing.