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Was Irwin Allen a second Jules Verne?
Irwin Allen is science fiction fans' favorite whipping boy. Many commentators have correctly noted the scientific impossibilities in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Theodore Sturgeon corrected these errors on his novelization of the movie, ie:, the Van Allen belt does not burst into fire but it is turned into a gigantic lens focusing heat into the ozone layer.
What Allen did was foresee the possibility of a environmental catastrophe. With the problem of global warming, that prediction has come true. Global warming is the fire belt in slow motion. That places Allen on the level of Jules Verne in predicting the future.
In the movie, Admiral Nelson tells the UN that when the temperature reaches 175 degrees F., civilization will cease to exist. In a recent Nicholas von Hoffman column on global warming, he mentions that we may need to learn to live in a temperature of 175 degrees F.