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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 8 years ago

Why didn't Arthur C. Clarke predict the 9/11 attacks in his book "2001: A Space Odyssey"?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    He also predicted a space-elevator (Fountains of Paradise). Don't see one if them either.

    Perhaps he forgot to take into account zoning regulations, Union labor costs, and insurance burdens.

    Made a good story though.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Mr. Clarke was a scientist. Apparently scientists aren't too good in predicting the future. Since many of the events in the book didn't turn out in real life.

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  • 8 years ago

    Did you bother to consider, in your question, whether there was a HAL 9000 in 2001 and whether we had actually sent a 5-man-mission to Jupiter? Or having a lunar station? Or a large orbitting station, capable of comfortably accomodating people in light gravity?

    At which point are you going to figure out that science fiction books do not have the pretense to predict the future?!

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Well since we weren't having space odyssey's in 2001, I don't think he predicted anything.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    OMG The original stories that Arthur C. C;arke based the BOOK AND THE MOVIE on were writTen more than 50 years BEFORE 9/11. Arthur C. Clarke had a B.S. in PHYSICS. HOW INSULTING AND DISRESPCTUFL AND ABUSIVE CAN YOU POSSIBLY GET? THE MAN IS DEAD.

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  • 8 years ago

    1: Because he's not blessed with precognition

    2: Because 2001 is a work of fiction, written decades before the events in question

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  • Irv S
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    8 years ago

    Errrrrrr

    We had a manned mission to Jupiter in 2001 ?

    And I missed it?

    It was science FICTION.

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  • 8 years ago

    I dont think Clarke actually predicted anything !! he merely extrapolated from known present day facts as anyone can do.

    Source(s): research
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  • 8 years ago

    The book was about space, yes? Not Manhattan terrorism..?

    Source(s): Logic
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  • He apparently didn't predict the demise of our manned space program either.

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