SH Archive 1893: Electric Life in 20th century. The past dressed as the future?

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Stumbled across this today and had a brain fart.

Le Vingtième siècle. La vie électrique: 1890 by Albert Robida Usual

'The twentieth century - the electric life'

A celebrated artist and writer, lived through photography, no images, perhaps another pseudo character.

The book:

It is a ‘Science fiction’ story, which predicts future tech in France (some 65 years in the future)

Main character is an inventor, with a bio weapon and cure. Develops TV and secretly records people...

What struck me outside of the story is the obvious prediction of future tech.

TV, Flight, Electricity, Battleships, all sorts of modern stuff everywhere, but not only modern stuff (If you read through this forum)

Having read the Waki version of this, it struck me, what if this story, which is said to be set in the future, is actually a reference to 65 years prior….
To be able to guess at these inventions is ridiculous, IMO.

Here are some illustrations (by the author) which incidentally were omitted in the later satirical version....

Remember this is 1890... minus 65 years, = 1825... Fits the discussed time of reset....


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TV Skype

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this, does not look like a futuristic vision to me... What is that big gun at the bottom?

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We have also, seen some of these 'predictions' before: Floating church

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Here is a bunch of illustrations : pdf

It goes on, this guy, had to have had an insight?

Could this be the past, being past off as a possible future?

Love to hear your thoughts!

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