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Congratulations! The world's northern hemisphere just survived one record-breaking heatwave, but it was only the first volley in a campaign cooked up by the sun to kill us all. Forecasts anticipate another one soon, so get ready to sweat -- and after you turn up the A/C you might as well learn about sci-fi's worst heatwaves. Remember: Forewarned is forearmed!

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Congratulations! The world's northern hemisphere just survived one record-breaking heatwave, but it was only the first volley in a campaign cooked up by the sun to kill us all. Forecasts anticipate another one soon, so get ready to sweat -- and after you turn up the A/C you might as well learn about sci-fi's worst heatwaves. Remember: Forewarned is forearmed!