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1st Jun '17 1:52:46 PM Amberlu
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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Jayfeather says "great, let's round up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them." regarding Brightheart and Longtail. [[spoiler: This happens to Longtail 7 books later.]]
30th May '17 6:33:56 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Jake is shown a BadFuture in which the Yeerks have taken over Earth. The only part of the New York skyline left standing? The World Trade Center.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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Jake is shown a BadFuture in which the Yeerks have taken over Earth. The only part of the New York skyline left standing? The World Trade Center.



* A rare {{in-universe}} example in ''Triggers'' by RobertJSawyer, where a character wonders whether an {{Expy}} of {{The West Wing}} will continue to be set in the White House even though the real building was recently destroyed by terrorists.

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* A rare {{in-universe}} example in ''Triggers'' by RobertJSawyer, where a character wonders whether an {{Expy}} of {{The West Wing}} ''Series/TheWestWing'' will continue to be set in the White House even though the real building was recently destroyed by terrorists.
17th Apr '17 5:05:46 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) opens with the Shuttle ''Columbia'' suffering an accident on re-entry, which causes the death of an astronaut and the loss of the orbiter. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_disaster Cue 2003]].

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) opens with the Shuttle ''Columbia'' suffering an accident on re-entry, which causes the death of an astronaut and the loss of the orbiter. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_disaster Cue 2003]].
13th Apr '17 6:30:18 AM erforce
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* In Dame Creator/AgathaChristie's ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', the German Lady's-Maid comments on the kidnapping and murder of a child, then adds: "We are not so wicked as that in Germany." The novel was written in 1933.

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* In Dame Creator/AgathaChristie's ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', the German Lady's-Maid comments on the kidnapping and murder of a child, then adds: "We are not so wicked as that in Germany." The novel was written in 1933.
31st Mar '17 3:59:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Since the beginning of his career as a writer, Verne has being accused by critics of being [[ScifiGhetto "only" a HardScifi writer that paid little heed to the social ramifications of technology]]. But with ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'' Verne wrote in 1869 about Captain Nemo, a man from an oppressed country who [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy had training in the west]], and has [[{{Fiction500}} money enough to pay a country’s national debt,]] who decides to create an [[NGOSuperpower organization strong enough]] to [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters fight ]] an [[TheEmpire entire Western country]] [[MoralEventHorizon through terrible acts of violence]], [[TheWarOnTerror and therefore is chased as a menace by all established countries in the West.]] After OsamaBinLaden, 9/11 and TheWarOnTerror, we must admit that Verne really knew much more than anyone ever suspected about how the world will turn in the next 130 years!

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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Since the beginning of his career as a writer, Verne has being accused by critics of being [[ScifiGhetto "only" a HardScifi writer that paid little heed to the social ramifications of technology]]. But with ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'' Verne wrote in 1869 about Captain Nemo, a man from an oppressed country who [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy had training in the west]], and has [[{{Fiction500}} money enough to pay a country’s national debt,]] who decides to create an [[NGOSuperpower organization strong enough]] to [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters fight ]] an [[TheEmpire entire Western country]] [[MoralEventHorizon through terrible acts of violence]], [[TheWarOnTerror and therefore is chased as a menace by all established countries in the West.]] After OsamaBinLaden, UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, 9/11 and TheWarOnTerror, we must admit that Verne really knew much more than anyone ever suspected about how the world will turn in the next 130 years!
25th Feb '17 1:28:57 PM nombretomado
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* InUniverse in the DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'': [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
** Another DaleBrown novel, ''Storming Heaven'',[[note]]published in 1994[[/note]] concerns a terrorist group using cargo planes to attack American airports and other targets. Eventually, they attempt to crash a 747 into the White House.

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* InUniverse in the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'': [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
** Another DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel, ''Storming Heaven'',[[note]]published in 1994[[/note]] concerns a terrorist group using cargo planes to attack American airports and other targets. Eventually, they attempt to crash a 747 into the White House.
16th Feb '17 11:50:39 AM rjd1922
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* ''HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' has one that young readers may recall when they're old enough to learn the historical truth:
--> "Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it. On the rare occasion that they did catch a real witch or wizard, burning had no effect whatsoever. The witch or wizard would perform a basic Flame Freezing Charm and then pretend to shriek with pain while enjoying a gentle, tickling sensation. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burned so much that she allowed herself to be caught no less than fortyseven times in various disguises."
** Not only did witch burnings actually occur[[note]]mostly in 15th, 16th and 17th century Europe, though not Salem[[/note]] but the accused were horribly tortured to make them confess, precisely because of the belief presented in this book: it was believed that serious pain had to be inflicted because otherwise the "Devil's charm" would render immunity. Thousands of real women died horrible deaths after enduring unbelievable torture, many simply because they were perceived as outsiders or "different" in some way. Rowling's fiction of one character's experience of history was probably meant to assuage children's fears, but omits discussion of the truth about these women and the power struggles that killed them.
3rd Jan '17 6:04:36 PM Rynneer
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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Jayfeather says "great, let's round up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them." regarding Brightheart and Longtail. [[spoiler: This happens to Long Tail 7 books later.]]

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Jayfeather says "great, let's round up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them." regarding Brightheart and Longtail. [[spoiler: This happens to Long Tail Longtail 7 books later.]]
26th Dec '16 12:06:05 AM ADrago
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* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' has the Jewish mobster Meyer Wolfsheim who works in an office labeled "The Swastika Holding Company." OhCrap. In 1922, when the book was written, ThoseWackyNazis had only recently adopted the swastika as a symbol, and were still a decade away from coming to power.

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* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' has the Jewish mobster Meyer Wolfsheim who works in an office labeled "The Swastika Holding Company." OhCrap. In 1922, when the book was written, ThoseWackyNazis had only recently adopted the swastika as a symbol, and were still a decade away from coming to power.
13th Dec '16 8:26:56 AM Doug86
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* In Literature/TheBible, [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25:8-9 Matthew 25:8-9]] has become more disturbing from WorldWarII to this day.

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* In Literature/TheBible, [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25:8-9 Matthew 25:8-9]] has become more disturbing from WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII to this day.



** Another story is Emil and the Detectives, about a German boy in 1929. Around ten years later, [[WorldWarTwo he'd be old enough...]]Not just that, he'd probably end up shooting and killing the French boys that helped him.

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** Another story is Emil and the Detectives, about a German boy in 1929. Around ten years later, [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII he'd be old enough...]]Not just that, he'd probably end up shooting and killing the French boys that helped him.
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