If you’re a science fiction fan at all, you’ve heard of Arthur C. Clarke and if you’ve read him, you know how prescient he was when it came to technological developments. A few of them are listed here on the BBC site. But one that wasn’t listed there was this quote from 2001 (the book)
I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty much like an iPad to me. It’s from Arthur C. Clarke’s, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, copyright 1968 and based on the screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Clarke.
He calls it a “Newspad.”
“When he was tired of official reports and memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship’s information circuit, and scan the the latest reports from Earth. One by one he would conjure up the word’s major electronic papers; he knew the codes of the more important ones by heart, and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad. Switching to the display unit’s short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he quickly searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him. Each had its own two-digit reference; when he punched that, the postage-stamp-sized rectangle would expand until it neatly filled the screen and he would read it with comfort. When he had finished it, he would flash back to the complete page and select a new subject for detailed examination.”
Fun stuff and there’s a surprise (like this one) around every page.
My writers notebook with other thoughts and tips can be found here.