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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts The Future From 1964 — How Well Did He Do?

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ClarkeIn addition to being one of the literary titans of the science fiction genre, Sir Arthur C. Clarke proved an adept hand at predicting the ways technology would evolve in the future, from game-changing communications satellites to visions of space flight that uncannily mirrored the eventual real thing. Of course, this sort of forecast runs the risk of you looking goofy a few decades down the line when we’re not all puttering around the sky in Jetsons vehicles. Or, as Clarke himself more eloquently put it:

Trying to predict the future is a discouraging, hazardous occupation, because the prophet invariably falls between two schools. If his predictions sound at all reasonable, you can be quite sure that in 20, or at most 50 years, the progress of science and technology has made him seem ridiculously conservative. On the other hand, if by some miracle a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so far-fetched that everybody would laugh him to scorn.

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The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes Joins USA’s X-Files Meets World War II Pilot, Horizon

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ElwesThis year marks the 20th anniversary of The X-Files, a series whose influence is still being felt two decades later in shows such as Fox’s Fringe. There was a huge anniversary panel at Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and that’s spurred yet another round of speculation as to when/if we might get another X-Files movie to take the vile taste of I Want to Believe out of our mouths, or how long it’ll be before Fox just decides to reboot the franchise. Regardless of whether either of those possibilities comes to fruition, in the meantime we may have another show in the X-Files vein to tide us over: a USA Network pilot called Horizons, which just added the Dread Pirate Roberts himself, actor Cary Elwes, to its cast.

We first reported on Horizon late last year, revealing that the pilot is being shepherded by The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd through her Valhalla Entertainment company. Irish actress Ruth Bradley stars in Horizon as Lauren, an FBI secretary who begins investigating the death of her husband, eventually running across a collection of strange files that seem to tie in to her husband’s fate, all of them stamped with the mysterious codename “Horizon.” All very X-Files-y, obviously.

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Aliens And WWII Finally Come Together In New USA Pilot From Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd

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If you’d ask a random sampling of the population, “What’s your favorite sci-fi show on cable right now?” you’re bound to end up with more jaws slacked open in genuine thought than answers at the ready. American Horror Story has aliens in it, among other things, but is clearly more horror than sci-fi. Haven has enough weird shit going on, but lacks a “wow” factor. And Blood & Chrome didn’t make it to network. So it pretty much has to come down to The Walking Dead, despite it also having all 10 toes in the horror genre.

USA, a network best known for wisecracking dramadies with two central male characters and their spouses/friends, is getting back into the speculative fiction game with Horizon, an hour-long genre mashup being executive produced by The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd, whose company, Valhalla Entertainment, is spearheading the project. The network has greenlit a cast-contingent pilot, so I’m guessing it’s bound to have someone from an early 1990s network comedy on it. Step by Step‘s Angela Watson, come on down!

We’re not saying this will happen, but it totally should.