Science fiction and predictions
"Corporate research evolved in the 1990s from the invention of science fiction to creating scientific and technological fact (...) the wonders science fiction authors predicted for around the year 2000 - such as mass transportation to the moon and glass-doomed cities on the ocean floor - are within the grasp of modern technology. However, he adds, they are not about to come to pass. The reason: "[writers] forgot the marketing dimension. Nobody is out there that is willing or capable of paying for that"
Wolf-Ekkehard Blanz quoted by Robert Buderi in "Engines of Tomorrow: How the World's Best Companies are Using Their Research Labs to Win the Future" That is why some sci-fi authors prefer to write about things that CAN happen, about problems that could occur in the current situation of R&D prototypes.