In 2000, when Thomas L. Brown wrote STRETCH! – 21 Events That Will Rock The Next Century, he celebrated the millennium in an H. G. Wells way: by predicting events that would happen over the next 100 years.
These faux news reports (on the imagined “FiveShadow News Network”) stimulate the reader’s thinking by foreshadowing radical and revolutionary scenarios that could happen sometime in the next century. Such as:
- A PolluPlague epidemic?
- Marrying — without ever meeting?
- Madam President?
- Terrorists forming a unified army?
- Goodbye to the British pound?
- An “I Spy” scandal in Japan?
- Babies — in space?
Preserved here as they were when first published at the dawn of the 21st century, Tom designed these projections to stir interest in the future. Think of it as science fiction for leaders.
Futurist Joel Barker says, “Clearly, Tom is not trying to be purely prophetic…. Take this e-book for what it really is — a catalyst to force you to think about the various ways things might be.”
The links to the left are PDF files and include stimulating digital art by Dave Pierson.
Was Tom wrong about what would happen in 2003 — or just premature? And what about all his other predictions? If nothing else, the H. G. Wells tradition lives on in a new century.