The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer. These electronic brains govern everything from meal preparation and waking up the household to assembling shopping lists and keeping track of the bank balance…handle travel reservations, relay telephone messages, keep track of birthdays and anniversaries, compute taxes and even figure the monthly bills for electricity, water, telephone and other utilities.

science fiction writer James Berry, writing In the November 1968 issue of Mechanix Illustrated

November 1968: will the gap between then and the same time last year (November 2008) seem wider or narrower than the gap between 2010 and 2050 (taking this year of great economic upheaval, crisis, turmoil and restructuring as a “fulcrum point” between the two trajectories)?

More interestingly, perhaps: I wonder who will reveal themselves as the most accurate visionary of our time?