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parallaxicality
2016-Dec-27, 03:25 PM
I'm compiling a list of 20th century science fiction dates for Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Serendipodous/20th_century_in_science_fiction), but I'm not really up on my Hugo Gernsback, so I thought I'd ask a more knowledgeable group for advice before posting it.

captain swoop
2016-Dec-27, 04:14 PM
Anyone wanting to keep the budget down sets things in the ' near future'

Bladerunner is only 19 years outside the time limit.

80s film Runaway starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons is set in the 'near future' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_(1984_film)

All the Flash Gordon comics, films and TV shows are set in the 20th century.

Swift
2016-Dec-27, 06:22 PM
I'm compiling a list of 20th century science fiction dates for Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Serendipodous/20th_century_in_science_fiction), but I'm not really up on my Hugo Gernsback, so I thought I'd ask a more knowledgeable group for advice before posting it.
Cool idea.

Robert Heinlein had a whole Future History timeline for the events of a large number of his stories that take place in a shared universe.
wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_History_(Heinlein))

The chart in this article (http://io9.gizmodo.com/5564778/a-handy-chart-shows-robert-heinleins-complete-future-history) was in one of his books, a collection of short stories, IIRC. A better copy (http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/minerva/images/b/b0/FH_Timeline.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150129160442)

While searching for those, I found this website (http://www.chronology.org/noframes/links/), whick links a bunch of timelines, though I think some of the links no longer work.

grapes
2016-Dec-27, 09:12 PM
I'm compiling a list of 20th century science fiction dates for Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Serendipodous/20th_century_in_science_fiction), but I'm not really up on my Hugo Gernsback, so I thought I'd ask a more knowledgeable group for advice before posting it.
Amazing how many are out of date just a few years after release. I guess that made them "timely" and "frightening".

eburacum45
2016-Dec-27, 11:49 PM
The first version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick (which was the inspiration for Bladerunner) was set in 1992.
HAL, the sentient computer in 2001 - A Space Odyssey) became operational on 12 January 1992 at the HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois.

eburacum45
2016-Dec-28, 12:05 AM
According to Wikipedia, Lazarus Long was born in 1912
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_Long

parallaxicality
2016-Dec-28, 12:52 AM
The first version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick (which was the inspiration for Bladerunner) was set in 1992.
HAL, the sentient computer in 2001 - A Space Odyssey) became operational on 12 January 1992 at the HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois.

Thanks for that! Can't believe I forgot about HAL...

Swift
2016-Dec-28, 02:21 AM
Found this timeline of science fictional future events (http://scifi.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_fictional_future_events)

Solfe
2016-Dec-28, 02:33 AM
The Cool War (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cool_War) seems to take place in the 1990s. Semi-predictive as it talks about ecological, energy and economic collapse which drive the story.

The Black Hole Travel Agency series made some predictions about society in the 1990s or early 2000s. The series was never finished, so the significance of such things to the story are unknown. Amusingly, it seems to predict poor computer translations as a key point to many adventures.

John Mendenhall
2016-Dec-28, 04:58 AM
These lists have a shared problem of being rather disjointed.

DonM435
2016-Dec-28, 05:07 AM
http://captaincomics.ning.com/forum/categories/the-baron-s-timelines/listForCategory

http://captaincomics.ning.com/forum/topics/introduction-to-the-baron-s-timelines

Some fascinating stuff, primarily but not exclusively from the comic book viewpoint.

Noclevername
2016-Dec-28, 08:59 AM
Star Trek originally set the Eugenics War led by Khan in 1996.

captain swoop
2016-Dec-28, 10:48 AM
UFO was set in 1980 and guess when Space 1999 was set.

parallaxicality
2016-Dec-28, 05:56 PM
Thanks guys! The article is now online:

and, as it hasn't been taken down yet, I can assume it's passed muster. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_in_science_fiction)

eburacum45
2016-Dec-28, 07:20 PM
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison was set in 1999/2000. This was later filmed as Soylent Green.
Doctor Who - The Movie (1996) was set in 1999/2000.

SkepticJ
2016-Dec-28, 07:31 PM
The Terminator is set in 1984.

Predator takes place in '87.

The Abyss takes place before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Back to the Future 1 takes place in 1985 and '55.

Strange Days is set in 1999.

parallaxicality
2016-Dec-28, 07:52 PM
Just to clarify, this is about predictions; if the story takes place in the same year in which it's made, or before then, then it is basically a fictionalised version of actual history, rather than an alternate history.

SkepticJ
2016-Dec-31, 10:21 PM
A Scanner Darkly--novel version--takes place in 1994.

In Thundarr the Barbarian, a Roland Emmerich-level disaster befalls the Earth in 1994.

Footfall takes place in '95-'96.

Noclevername
2017-Jan-01, 06:48 AM
I'm just thinking of all the stories set in the late 20th and after where the Soviet Union was still around. For many futurists before the 1990s, it seemed to be taken for granted that the Cold War would be a centuries long struggle. And The CoDominium, Niven's The State from the Rammer/Smoke Ring universe, and The State from the Well World series are settings predicated on the Commies either prevailing over or coexisting with the West.