H.G. WELLS: 9 Predictions That Have, And Haven't, Come True

H.G. WELLS: 10 Predictions That Have--And Haven't--Come True
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H.G. Wells envisioned the sliding automatic door in his 1899 book When the Sleeper Wakes--more than a half-century before the first such door came into being (above, a sliding door in a shopping mall in Doha, Qatar, in an undated photo).

The doors H.G. Wells wrote of, however, zipped upward into the ceiling rather than sideways, like their modern counterparts.

"Like most science fiction authors, he made it needlessly complicated," said Oltion, the Oregon writer. "To whisk it out of the way means you have to have room for the door to move into, and its not room you would normally have free in a house."

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