Science fiction is a fun read for some and, with its general presentation of new technologies, can certainly inspire engineers and scientists to keep pushing toward new and greater improvements in our lives.
Sometimes science fiction authors are wildly off the mark about what society actually needs. At other times, their predictions come shockingly close to reality. Still more interesting is when writers directly inspire inventions or are even involved in their development. The following sideshow features six authors whose creativity was eventually turned into reality.
Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke may have been best known for authoring "The Sentinel," the short story that formed the basis of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In his writings, he was was able to envision several inventions that would later be implemented. His most notable concept, published in a 1945 paper, was for a geostationary satelite. The path on which these satellites now travel is known as the Clarke Orbit.