History Main / TwentyMinutesintotheFuture

16th Nov '17 6:48:07 AM WillyFourEyes
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->''"''Smash TV'' takes place in the grim, cold future of 1999, only a few short years after the conquest of Earth by the New Order Nation."''

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->''"''Smash TV'' takes place in the grim, cold future of 1999, only a few short years after [[VideoGame/RevolutionX the conquest of Earth by the New Order Nation.Nation]]."''
8th Nov '17 8:00:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* A new Volkswagen commercial has someone debating about buying a car, only to have his future self (wearing nifty [[WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture "futuristic clothes"]]) from "13 days in the future" pop into the showroom and tell him to buy the car.

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* A new Volkswagen commercial has someone debating about buying a car, only to have his future self (wearing nifty [[WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture "futuristic clothes"]]) from "13 days in the future" pop into the showroom and tell him to buy the car.


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* A diary entry of Gerald Robotnik's in ''Anime/SonicX'' is dated to "20XX". That was fifty years ago, meaning that the anime itself takes place anywhere from the mid 21st century to the mid 22nd century. Despite this, almost everything from the fashion to the cars looks completely at home in the early 2000s. The only major difference seems to mild technological advancements such as robots.
31st Oct '17 5:38:03 PM jormis29
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* James P Hogan's ''Giants'' novel series is based in 2030s (it has a character born in 1984 who is 40-something at the time of the events of the novel). The series has mankind going from weaponized to no weapons somewhere around 2020 and having manned missions as far out as Jupiter. [[spoiler:The remains of aliens (or our ancestors anyway)]] are discovered on the Moon, [[spoiler:real aliens]] are found on one of the moons of Jupiter, and [[spoiler:more aliens show up and later suffer from FishOutOfTemporalWater with their own race due to their mode of transportation]].

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* James P Hogan's ''Giants'' novel series ''Literature/GiantsSeries'' is based in 2030s (it has a character born in 1984 who is 40-something at the time of the events of the novel). The series has mankind going from weaponized to no weapons somewhere around 2020 and having manned missions as far out as Jupiter. [[spoiler:The remains of aliens (or our ancestors anyway)]] are discovered on the Moon, [[spoiler:real aliens]] are found on one of the moons of Jupiter, and [[spoiler:more aliens show up and later suffer from FishOutOfTemporalWater with their own race due to their mode of transportation]].
22nd Oct '17 2:41:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' averts this by using contemporary technology (such as interactive whiteboards and digital picture frames), although fans who aren't familiar with the technology have mistaken it for this trope (WordOfGod is that it takes place in 2011, the same year it was released). The only exception may or may not be Sayaka's {{MP3}} player which can also snap open and play conventional {{Compact Disc}}s.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' averts this by using contemporary technology (such as interactive whiteboards and digital picture frames), although fans who aren't familiar with the technology have mistaken it for this trope (WordOfGod is that it takes place in 2011, the same year it was released). The only exception may or may not be Sayaka's {{MP3}} player which can also snap open and play conventional {{Compact UsefulNotes/{{Compact Disc}}s.
17th Oct '17 7:27:52 AM Arcorann
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* Subverted with ''Anime/CodeGeass''. The series begins in the the late 2010s, but began in 2006. In reality though, the series uses an AlternativeCalendar ("Ascension Throne Britannia") with a noticeably different starting date than our calendar, meaning it's actually ''TwentyMinutesIntoThePast'' - the series takes place in what would normally be TheSixties.
* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is set in 2046 but it doesn't seem that different from modern day Japan, aside from a few technological differences. Ditto for ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', from the same author, which was set in 2012-2016 in the web novel version before being shifted 10 years into the future for the published version.

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* Subverted with ''Anime/CodeGeass''. The series begins ''Anime/CodeGeass'' aired in 2006, and is set in the the late 2010s, but began 2010s in 2006. In reality though, the series uses an AlternativeCalendar ("Ascension "Ascension Throne Britannia") Britannia". While its relationship with a noticeably different starting date than our calendar, meaning it's actually ''TwentyMinutesIntoThePast'' - C.E. is not given officially, it is widely speculated that a.t.b. coincides with C.E. (for example, many events with historical antecedents occur in the series takes place same periods in what would normally a.t.b. as they did in C.E.) and so one can conclude that this trope applies. On the other hand, it also happens to be TheSixties.
set in a full-blown AlternateHistory.
* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is set in 2046 but it doesn't seem that different from modern day Japan, aside from a few technological differences. Ditto for ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', from the same author, which was set in 2012-2016 in the web novel version (written in 2002) before being shifted 10 years into the future for the published version.


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* ''Literature/TheLightOfOtherDays'' is mainly set in the late 2030s.
10th Oct '17 3:03:33 PM Malady
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* The 1992 series ''WildPalms'' was set fifteen years in the future, with technology and fashion that look nothing like that of the real 2007, assuming a revival of Edwardian-inspired fashion. And a lounge-style revival of popular sixties tunes.

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* The 1992 series ''WildPalms'' ''Series/WildPalms'' was set fifteen years in the future, with technology and fashion that look nothing like that of the real 2007, assuming a revival of Edwardian-inspired fashion. And a lounge-style revival of popular sixties tunes.



* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''. Still waiting for the moon to be blasted out of orbit.

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* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.''Series/Space1999''. Still waiting for the moon to be blasted out of orbit.
8th Sep '17 2:53:57 PM TheNicestGuy
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** With the ''Deep Space Nine'' example, the two-parter "Past Tense", the staff were creeped out to find that they'd actually foreseen a situation that hit reality much earlier than they predicted. In the show, San Francisco in 2024 has concentrated its homeless population into walled "Sanctuary Districts". In real life, the mayor of Los Angeles proposed something eerily similar to clean up the downtown area. The proposal was announced ''while the episode was filming''.
5th Sep '17 5:23:36 PM Peteman
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' (released in 2013) parodies this trope hard. "The year is 2007. It is the future."

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' (released in 2013) parodies this trope hard.trope. "The year is 2007. It is the future."
31st Aug '17 11:58:36 AM HalcyonDayz
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* The English dub to the 1960s anime ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' has it set in the year 2000. The original Japanese version is set shortly after World War 2. This was probably made to justify the giant robot, however the fashion and technology levels (such as the TVs) makes it look like a RetroUniverse. The 2004 remake keeps it set in its original time period.

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* The English dub to the 1960s anime ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' has it set in the year 2000. The original Japanese version is set shortly after World War 2. This was probably made to justify the giant robot, however the fashion and technology levels (such as the TVs) [=TVs=]) makes it look like a RetroUniverse. The 2004 remake keeps it set in its original time period.
17th Aug '17 12:03:22 PM RedScharlach
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TheFuture, but not so far into it that you'd notice except for the abundance of AppliedPhlebotinum. This is often a linear extrapolation of national malaise or existing crises, so American works of the 1970s have endlessly skyrocketing crime and inner urban decay [[note]] true enough in places like Detroit, Michigan [[/note]] whereas the 1980s brought the notion that {{Mega Corp}}s and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan]] (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Japanese megacorps]]) would rule the world (yes on the first count, no on the second). When the 1990s came around, the US economy recovered while the Japanese economy tanked; TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and subsequent collapse of many authoritarian communist regimes drastically changed the political picture of both the present and the future. Instead of criminal anarchy or corporate governance, there's a lot more focus on how technology has come to permeate everyday life and challenge long-held conceptions of the individual and society as a whole. And, of course, works in the '90s naturally assumed that from that point on the only murderous enemies Americans would have to worry about would be right-wing militia fanatics, [[TeensAreMonsters homicidal teenagers]], and maybe the occasional petty dictator - [[HarsherInHindsight but no one else]]. With the Turn of the Milennium and the New Tens, the issue seems to have become extreme Right-Wing dystopias and/or endless American Interventionalism in the Middle East and Central Asia, occasionally spreading into South America, Africa, or Southeast Asia.

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TheFuture, but not so far into it that you'd notice except for the abundance of AppliedPhlebotinum. This is often a linear extrapolation of national malaise or existing crises, so American works of the 1970s have endlessly skyrocketing crime and inner urban decay [[note]] true enough in places like Detroit, Michigan [[/note]] whereas the 1980s brought the notion that {{Mega Corp}}s and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan]] (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Japanese megacorps]]) would rule the world (yes on the first count, no on the second). When the 1990s came around, the US economy recovered while the Japanese economy tanked; TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and subsequent collapse of many authoritarian communist regimes drastically changed the political picture of both the present and the future. Instead of criminal anarchy or corporate governance, there's a lot more focus on how technology has come to permeate everyday life and challenge long-held conceptions of the individual and society as a whole. And, of course, works in the '90s naturally assumed that from that point on the only murderous enemies Americans would have to worry about would be right-wing militia fanatics, [[TeensAreMonsters homicidal teenagers]], and maybe the occasional petty dictator - [[HarsherInHindsight but no one else]]. With the Turn of the Milennium Millennium and the New Tens, the issue seems to have become extreme Right-Wing dystopias and/or endless American Interventionalism in the Middle East and Central Asia, occasionally spreading into South America, Africa, or Southeast Asia.



* The now famous "1984" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not be made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.

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* The now famous "1984" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not be been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.



** The original series, first aired on Japanese television in 1995-96, is explicitly set in the year 2015, with a BackStory involving an apocalyptic cataclysm in the year 2000. Despite having artificially intelligent computers, giant biomechs, and the ability to sequence a genome stored in particle wave matter in seconds, the Japanese governments' nuclear-powered giant robot runs MS-DOS, and the wifi-enabled laptops in schools (despite doing wireframe 3D modeling) [[OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture can only draw dialogue boxes using ASCII art]]. Shinji uses an "SDAT" personal stereo, a fictional product in similar vein to the Digital Compact Cassette (a format that launched straight into obscurity in 1992) -- in other words, a cassette player. Could be explained as the result of Second Impact stalling technological advance in all fields except those relating to the threat at hand.

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** The original series, first aired on Japanese television in 1995-96, is explicitly set in the year 2015, with a BackStory involving an apocalyptic cataclysm in the year 2000. Despite having artificially intelligent computers, giant biomechs, and the ability to sequence a genome stored in particle wave matter in seconds, the Japanese governments' government's nuclear-powered giant robot runs MS-DOS, and the wifi-enabled laptops in schools (despite doing wireframe 3D modeling) [[OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture can only draw dialogue boxes using ASCII art]]. Shinji uses an "SDAT" personal stereo, a fictional product in similar vein to the Digital Compact Cassette (a format that launched straight into obscurity in 1992) -- in other words, a cassette player. Could be explained as the result of Second Impact stalling technological advance advances in all fields except those relating to the threat at hand.



** In the ending of the manga adaptation (which finished in 2013), [[spoiler:a CosmicRetcon resets the timeline so that said apocalyptic event never occurred. The brief glimpses we see of the ''new'' 2015 are much more in line with present day fashion and technology]].

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** In the ending of the manga adaptation (which finished in 2013), [[spoiler:a CosmicRetcon resets the timeline so that said apocalyptic event never occurred. The brief glimpses we see of the ''new'' 2015 are much more in line with present day present-day fashion and technology]].



* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is set sometime in the 2020s. Considering that most of the series is set in a prison, we don't get to see too much of the outside world. They do seem to have holographic projectors and some advanced robotics, but that is about it in terms of new technology. Tokyo is seemingly recovering from a massive earthquake that occurred ten years previous, so it is a little {{crap|sackWorld}}py but, from what little we see of the world, it is not too much different from to today.

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* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is set sometime in the 2020s. Considering that most of the series is set in a prison, we don't get to see too much of the outside world. They do seem to have holographic projectors and some advanced robotics, but that is that's about it in terms of new technology. Tokyo is seemingly recovering from a massive earthquake that occurred ten years previous, earlier, so it is a little {{crap|sackWorld}}py but, from what little we see of the world, it is not too much different from to than today.



* ''Code E'' is set in 2017, although the only immediately recognizable difference from the actual modern day are computerized blackboards in the classrooms and computerized billboards and ads on buses. These both exist, but aren't as widespread as in the series. There are also these big-ass 20 TB memory card they're sellin in the school mensa.

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* ''Code E'' is set in 2017, although the only immediately recognizable difference from the actual modern day are computerized blackboards in the classrooms and computerized billboards and ads on buses. These both exist, but aren't as widespread as in the series. There are also these the big-ass 20 TB memory card cards they're sellin selling in the school mensa.



* The hardly known 1982 anime film ''Anime/FutureWar198X''; The title says it all. At the time this film was made, it was assumed that whatever might happen to ignite a third world war would happen sometime in that decade. Given the political climate at the time, there was excellent reason to believe that the 1980s would be the "make it or break it" decade as far as U.S./Soviet relations were concerned.

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* The hardly known little-known 1982 anime film ''Anime/FutureWar198X''; The title says it all. At the time this film was made, it was assumed that whatever might happen to ignite a third world war would happen sometime in that decade. Given the political climate at the time, there was excellent reason to believe that the 1980s would be the "make it or break it" decade as far as U.S./Soviet relations were concerned.



* The English dub to the 1960s anime ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' has it set in the year 2000. The original Japanese version is set shortly after World War 2. This was probably made to justify the giant robot, however the fashion and technology levels (such as the tvs) makes it look like a RetroUniverse. The 2004 remake keeps it set in its original time period.

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* The English dub to the 1960s anime ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' has it set in the year 2000. The original Japanese version is set shortly after World War 2. This was probably made to justify the giant robot, however the fashion and technology levels (such as the tvs) TVs) makes it look like a RetroUniverse. The 2004 remake keeps it set in its original time period.



* ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' takes place an indeterminate amount of time in the future of the DC Universe. This is noticeable less through advanced technology (since there was already plenty of that) and more through older characters.

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* ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' takes place an indeterminate amount of time in the future of the DC Universe. This is noticeable less through advanced technology (since there was already plenty of that) and more through older the aging of characters.



* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' story "ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast", released in 1981 depicted a dystopian future in 2013.

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* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' story "ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast", released in 1981 1981, depicted a dystopian future in 2013.



* ''Film/XMen1'' is set in "the not-too-distant future", with its [[Film/X2XMenUnited two]] [[Film/XMenTheLastStand sequels]] following after that. Its prequel, ''[[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Wolverine]]'', is set about 20 years earlier (since Scott Summers is a teenager), setting it sometime between TheSixties and TheEighties. The climactic scene, set at [[spoiler: Three Mile Island]], would seem to imply it's set in 1979, if [[spoiler:Deadpool slicing one of the cooling towers to pieces with his eye-beams]] is assumed to be analogous to the real-world event that occurred in that year.

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* ''Film/XMen1'' is set in "the not-too-distant future", with its [[Film/X2XMenUnited two]] [[Film/XMenTheLastStand sequels]] following after that. Its prequel, ''[[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Wolverine]]'', is set about 20 years earlier (since Scott Summers is a teenager), setting placing it sometime between TheSixties and TheEighties. The climactic scene, set at [[spoiler: Three Mile Island]], would seem to imply it's set in 1979, if [[spoiler:Deadpool slicing one of the cooling towers to pieces with his eye-beams]] is assumed to be analogous to the real-world event that occurred in that year.



* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is set roughly ten years in the future, and while styles in clothing and automobiles seem more or less unchanged from the present, exotic (but semi-plausible) technologies like powered armour, energy weapons, active camouflage and metal-eating nanites are out in full force. Since the film is believed to be in a SharedUniverse with the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series, one can assume that this futuristic technology was reverse engineered from Cybertronian technology. The fact that G.I. Joe is in the "near future" could be taken to mean that the Autobot-Decepticon conflict is already over, or at least no longer set on Earth. It could also be taken to mean that the Autobots have either taken it upon themselves or at least helped to repair the damage done to the pyramids in Giza by Devastator ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'', during the ten years between both movies, as "Revenge of the Fallen" is set in 2009.

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* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is set roughly ten years in the future, and while styles in clothing and automobiles seem more or less unchanged from the present, exotic (but semi-plausible) technologies like powered armour, energy weapons, active camouflage and metal-eating nanites are out in full force. Since the film is believed to be in a SharedUniverse with the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series, one can assume that this futuristic technology was reverse engineered from Cybertronian technology. The fact that G.I. Joe is in the "near future" could be taken to mean that the Autobot-Decepticon conflict is already over, or at least no longer set on Earth. It could also be taken to mean that the Autobots have either taken it upon themselves repaired or at least helped to repair the damage done to the pyramids in Giza by Devastator in ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'', during the ten years ten-year gap between both movies, as "Revenge of the Fallen" is set in 2009.



* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', the only futuristic technology seems to be the technology to enter another person's dreamscape, but that is only used by a small number of people. Used ''constructively'' by a very small number of people. We get a brief glimpse of an "opium cave" where people go to have shared dreams in Mombasa - That pretty strongly implies that unless it's illegal, and if it is, it probably has a fair deal of recreational use in the Western world, as well.
* The 2006 Creator/AdamSandler film ''Film/{{Click}}'' takes place in 2006, 2007, 2017, 2023, and finally an unspecified date most likely in the 2030s [[spoiler: before going back to the present day]]. The world doesn't begin to look too different until the latest two.

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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', the only futuristic technology seems to be the technology to enter another person's dreamscape, but that is only used by a small number of people. Used people, and used ''constructively'' by a very ''very'' small number of people. We get a brief glimpse of an "opium cave" where people go to have shared dreams in Mombasa - That this pretty strongly implies that unless it's illegal, and if it is, it probably has a fair deal of recreational use in the Western world, as well.
* The 2006 Creator/AdamSandler film ''Film/{{Click}}'' takes place in 2006, 2007, 2017, 2023, and finally an unspecified date most likely in the 2030s [[spoiler: before going back to the present day]]. The world doesn't begin to look too different until the latest two.last two timeframes.



* The experimental film ''Film/SweetMovie'' is set in 1984 (ten years after the film's release) and much of the plot is driven by a show where the most pure woman in the world is found. It gets weirder from there.
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'' takes place in the year 2044, in an unnamed city in Kansas that looks very futuristic, but also suffers from massive poverty, rampant drug use, and the entire city is being run by criminals. Incidentally, the film is also being influenced from 2074, twenty minutes into ''their'' future because the crime syndicates of that era use time travel to send people they need killed back into the past where the eponymous Loopers kill them there, thus sidestepping the issue of 2074 nanite technology that makes killing people and disposing of bodies VERY difficult. Also, by 2044, one in ten people have the [[MindOverMatter TK]] gene, allowing them to levitate coins for a few seconds. And while it appears that weapons have gone ''backwards'', as loopers are only issued blunderbusses instead of something more practical, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman for what they do the blunderbuss is extremely practical.]] It practically guarantees a kill per trigger pull at the range they're using it at while being almost useless for any other situation. That way the criminals running the scheme aren't arming a bunch of people with weapons that can be used against them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' live action TV movie ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' takes place thirteen years after the series, which apparently takes place in TheNewTens [[ComicBookTime nowadays]], setting it somewhere in the 2020s. Nothing really seems out of the ordinary from the early 2010s.

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* The experimental film ''Film/SweetMovie'' is set in 1984 (ten years after the film's release) and much of the plot is driven by a show where contest to find the most pure purest woman in the world is found.world. It gets weirder from there.
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'' takes place in the year 2044, in an unnamed city in Kansas that looks very futuristic, but also suffers from massive poverty, poverty and rampant drug use, and the entire city is being run entirely by criminals. Incidentally, the film is also being influenced from 2074, twenty minutes into ''their'' future because the crime syndicates of that era use time travel to send people they need killed back into the past where the eponymous Loopers kill them there, them, thus sidestepping the issue of 2074 nanite technology that makes killing people and disposing of bodies VERY difficult. Also, by 2044, one in ten people have the [[MindOverMatter TK]] gene, allowing them to levitate coins for a few seconds. And while it appears that weapons have gone ''backwards'', as loopers Loopers are only issued blunderbusses instead of something more practical, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman for what they do the blunderbuss is extremely practical.]] It practically guarantees a kill per trigger pull at the range they're using it at while being almost useless for in any other situation. That way the criminals running the scheme aren't arming a bunch of people with weapons that can be used against them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' live action TV movie ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' takes place thirteen years after the series, which apparently takes place in TheNewTens [[ComicBookTime nowadays]], setting it somewhere in the 2020s. Nothing really seems out of the ordinary from for the early 2010s.



* ''Film/RobotAndFrank'' features versatile humanoid robots that serve as caretakers for the elderly and voice-activated television sets, but otherwise resembles the 2012 when it was released.

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* ''Film/RobotAndFrank'' features versatile humanoid robots that serve as caretakers for the elderly and voice-activated television sets, but otherwise resembles the 2012 when it was released.



* ''Disney/BigHero6'' provides the page image, and according to a sign detailing the 95th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge takes place sometime around 2032. San Fransokyo is shown being rife with massive turbine kites, highly advanced robotics (of which even Baymax stands out in comparison) to the point where illegal botfighting tournaments are commonplace and even [[spoiler:partially functionable wormhole technology]].

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* ''Disney/BigHero6'' provides the page image, and according to a sign detailing the 95th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge takes place sometime around 2032. San Fransokyo is shown being rife with massive turbine kites, highly advanced robotics (of which even Baymax stands out in comparison) to the point where illegal botfighting tournaments are commonplace and even [[spoiler:partially functionable functioning wormhole technology]].



* ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is set in 2022. However the causes of that particular dystopia, over population, over pollution and intense climate change are issues that are still relevant today, as opposed to its contemporaries fears of a nuclear holocaust.

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* ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is set in 2022. However However, the causes of that particular dystopia, over population, over dystopia--overpopulation, pollution and intense climate change are change--are issues that are still relevant today, as opposed to its contemporaries fears of a nuclear holocaust.today.



** A rather brilliant film adaptation of the novel was actually released in 1984, and it won the Best British Film of the Year award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

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** A rather brilliant film adaptation of the novel was actually released in 1984, and it won the Best British Film of the Year award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.



* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' is set sometime at a indeterminate date, where a country run by drug lords exists between Mexico (known as Aztlan in the book's universe) and the United States, cars can fly, human cloning is common place, computer chips are put into horses and people's brains to control them, and illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexican border flows not just towards the north, but ''towards the south'' too.

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* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' is set sometime at a an indeterminate date, where a country run by drug lords exists between Mexico (known as Aztlan in the book's universe) and the United States, cars can fly, human cloning is common place, commonplace, computer chips are put into horses and people's brains to control them, and illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexican border flows not just towards the north, but ''towards the south'' too.



* Shepherd Mead's ''The Big Ball Of Wax'' (published in 1954) predicted that in 1999, {{Video Phone}}s would be common (though he failed to predict personal computers or the Internet, the things which made this very nearly right), TV sets would be wall-size and stereoscopic (we're still waiting...), videotapes would be widespread (he got that right too, though he thought they would be open-reel and didn't foresee [=DVDs=]), power transmission would be a reality and cars would thus be electric, contraceptive pills would be easily available (yes) and nearly all diseases eradicated (sadly, no), the Soviet Union would have fallen and Leningrad reverted to its old name of St. Petersburg (both yes)... and that XP would take over (he got that [[http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-xp/ right -- sort of, anyway]], though ''his'' XP was E'''XP'''eriential Broadcasting, a way of recording and transmitting full-sensory material). Let's hope that the last one never comes true, or at least not the way Mead depicted it...

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* Shepherd Mead's ''The Big Ball Of Wax'' (published in 1954) predicted that in 1999, {{Video Phone}}s would be common (though he failed to predict personal computers or the Internet, internet, the things which made this very nearly right), TV sets would be wall-size and stereoscopic (we're still waiting...), videotapes would be widespread (he got that right too, though he thought they would be open-reel and didn't foresee [=DVDs=]), power transmission would be a reality and cars would thus be electric, contraceptive pills would be easily available (yes) and nearly all diseases eradicated (sadly, no), the Soviet Union would have fallen and Leningrad reverted to its old name of St. Petersburg (both yes)... and that XP would take over (he got that [[http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-xp/ right -- sort of, anyway]], though ''his'' XP was E'''XP'''eriential Broadcasting, a way of recording and transmitting full-sensory material). Let's hope that the last one never comes true, or at least not the way Mead depicted it...



* John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy is an interesting case as it's very difficult to tell if it is meant seriously or is a very deadpan parody of {{techno thriller}}s. The first volume was published in 2004 and it's (initially) set in a 2021 where everything that can go wrong with the "war on terror" has gone wrong, turning it into a full scale war of the west against Islam, and the allies act with as much brutality as the enemy (a sanctioned form of field punishment for the US forces is to put a Muslim enemy into a pig carcass and bury him or her alive). Probably the most ridiculous element is the predictions about technology, which include fusion reactors, artificial intelligence, military medical implants (which, amongst other things, reduce the soldiers' sex drive and dispense pain killers) and the routine use of vat grown replacement organs. This is all at least 20 years early.

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* John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy is an interesting case as it's very difficult to tell if it is meant seriously or is a very deadpan parody of {{techno thriller}}s. The first volume was published in 2004 and it's (initially) set in a 2021 where everything that can go wrong with the "war on terror" has gone wrong, turning it into a full scale war of the west against Islam, and with the allies act acting with as much brutality as the enemy (a sanctioned form of field punishment for the US forces is to put a Muslim enemy into a pig carcass and bury him or her alive). Probably the most ridiculous element is the predictions about technology, which include fusion reactors, artificial intelligence, military medical implants (which, amongst other things, reduce the soldiers' sex drive and dispense pain killers) painkillers) and the routine use of vat grown vat-grown replacement organs. This is all at least 20 years early.



* The 2008 novel ''Literature/{{Neuropath}}'' is set at an unmentioned year in the future. 2010 is mentioned as a year gone by, government buildings have fMRI scanners at the entrances, Europe is freezing to death because the Gulf Stream has changed course and Moscow has been reduced to a crumbling wasteland. What the book focuses on is the hunt on a serial killer who {{mind control}}s his victims.

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* The 2008 novel ''Literature/{{Neuropath}}'' is set at in an unmentioned year in the future. 2010 is mentioned as a year gone by, government buildings have fMRI scanners at the entrances, Europe is freezing to death because the Gulf Stream has changed course and Moscow has been reduced to a crumbling wasteland. What the book focuses on is the hunt on a serial killer who {{mind control}}s his victims.



* James P Hogan's ''Giants'' novel series is based in 2030s (it has a character born in 1984 who is 40 something at the time of the events of the novel). The series has mankind going from weaponized to no weapons somewhere around 2020 and having manned missions as far out as Jupiter. [[spoiler:The remains of aliens (or our ancestors anyway)]] are discovered on the Moon, [[spoiler:real aliens]] are found on one of the moons of Jupiter, and [[spoiler:more aliens show up and later suffer from FishOutOfTemporalWater with their own race due to their mode of transportation]].

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* James P Hogan's ''Giants'' novel series is based in 2030s (it has a character born in 1984 who is 40 something 40-something at the time of the events of the novel). The series has mankind going from weaponized to no weapons somewhere around 2020 and having manned missions as far out as Jupiter. [[spoiler:The remains of aliens (or our ancestors anyway)]] are discovered on the Moon, [[spoiler:real aliens]] are found on one of the moons of Jupiter, and [[spoiler:more aliens show up and later suffer from FishOutOfTemporalWater with their own race due to their mode of transportation]].



* Carl Sagan's ''Literature/{{Contact}}'' was written in 1983 and set in the late 1990s. Sagan did not foresee the fall of the Soviet Union at the time of writing and the Soviets had a large role to play in the events. He also did not foresee the cell phone, as characters used pagers still. He did ambitiously have a character who solved the grand superunification theory (something that eludes us even today and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future)... And other human technologies that turned out to be beyond what eventuated in the late '90s, such as orbital space stations serving as retirement homes for those who wished to extend their lifespans and could afford it, and shuttle services to go between earth and station.

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* Carl Sagan's ''Literature/{{Contact}}'' was written in 1983 and set in the late 1990s. Sagan did not foresee the fall of the Soviet Union at the time of writing and the Soviets had a large role to play in the novel's events. He also did not foresee the cell phone, as characters used pagers still. He did ambitiously have a character who solved the grand superunification theory (something that eludes us even today and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future)... And other human technologies that turned out to be beyond what eventuated in had occurred by the late '90s, such as orbital space stations serving as retirement homes for those who wished to extend their lifespans and could afford it, and shuttle services to go between earth and station.



* ''Literature/TimeScout'' implies that it's this, but is functionally the same as NextSundayAD May be {{justified|Trope}} in that The Accident, a Class 0 ApocalypseHow, might have stunted things.

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* ''Literature/TimeScout'' implies that it's this, but is functionally the same as NextSundayAD NextSundayAD. May be {{justified|Trope}} in that The Accident, a Class 0 ApocalypseHow, might have stunted things.



* Creator/VernorVinge's cult-classic novella, "Literature/TrueNames", published in 1981, involved some ''very'' educated guesses about the short-term potentials of the personal computer. If this had been written fifteen years later, it would have been NextSundayAD.

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* Creator/VernorVinge's cult-classic novella, "Literature/TrueNames", published in 1981, involved some ''very'' educated guesses about the short-term potentials potential of the personal computer. If this had been written fifteen years later, it would have been NextSundayAD.



* Keith Nartman's ''Drew Parke'' books, both written in 2009 are set in the mid 2030s.

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* Keith Nartman's ''Drew Parke'' books, both written in 2009 2009, are set in the mid 2030s.



* Creator/NigelKneale's 1979 novelisation of the final ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'' story is set in a dystopian future UK plagued by social breakdown, fuel and food shortages and heavily-armed street gangs. The Soviet Union still exists and it vies with the US to spend billions on useless space projects. No date is given but clues in the text indicate that it is happening in 1990. Ironically, it turned out to be at least partially TruthInTelevision, as the Soviet Union ''did'' still exist in 1990, not having been broken until around 1991 Christmas. And the late Eighties ''were'' the scene of a last spat in UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. Social breakdown in the UK not so much.

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* Creator/NigelKneale's 1979 novelisation of the final ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'' story is set in a dystopian future UK plagued by social breakdown, fuel and food shortages and heavily-armed street gangs. The Soviet Union still exists and it vies with the US to spend billions on useless space projects. No date is given but clues in the text indicate that it is happening in 1990. Ironically, it turned out to be at least partially TruthInTelevision, as the Soviet Union ''did'' still exist in 1990, not having been broken up until around 1991 Christmas.Christmas 1991. And the late Eighties ''were'' the scene of a last spat in UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. Social breakdown in the UK not so much.



* ''Literature/LeftBehind'' takes place sometime in the present or near future, due to the idea that the Rapture could happen at any minute. The original series is [[{{Zeerust}} somewhat dated]] by the lack of cell-phones and widespread Internet access.
* ''Literature/FuturisticViolenceAndFancySuits'' has commonplace self driving cars, google glasses, and holograms, but otherwise most things seem pretty close to where they are today, technologically. The only stated date is mentioning that a classic car is from the 2020's, so it's set sometime after that.

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* ''Literature/LeftBehind'' takes place sometime in the present or near future, due to the idea that the Rapture could happen at any minute. The original series is [[{{Zeerust}} somewhat dated]] by the lack of cell-phones cellphones and widespread Internet access.
* ''Literature/FuturisticViolenceAndFancySuits'' has commonplace self driving self-driving cars, google glasses, and holograms, but otherwise most things seem pretty close to where they are today, technologically. The only date stated date is mentioning that when a classic car is said to be from the 2020's, so it's set sometime after that.




* ''Creator/JamesBlish'''s "Year 2018" (later incorporated in his ''Literature/CitiesInFlight'') : The Soviet Union still exists; [[UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy McCarthyism]] has become permanent and has turned the US into an Orwellian police state. There is a political dynasty that always wins. The US has colonies on Jupiter's moons but one of the characters complains how SLOWLY space exploration is progressing. The only remaining religious group is Evangelicals (not accurate in 2016 but it does fit the way the media tends to cover religion). The fact that a powerful Senator is from Alaska is considered a novelty.

* ''Literature/{{Remnants}},'' first published in 2001 and set in 2011, is on the low end of this. There are self-driving cars, and minors can "drive" alone in some states; kids can apparently legally change their names easily, or else have all just decided to use weird nicknames like "2Face" and "Mo'Steel"; and the ubiquitous use of "links" turned out to be a fairly close prediction of [[PhoneaholicTeenager cell-phone culture]]. Oh, and there's some ''very'' experimental [[HumanPopsicle hibernation technology]], but it's nowhere ''near'' safe enough for humans to use yet. Or wouldn't be, if book #1 didn't end with eighty humans having to blast off in a SleeperStarship to escape the Earth's destruction (thus rendering most of that other technology changes moot). About half wake up 500 years later, while the rest PassedInTheirSleep.

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\n* ''Creator/JamesBlish'''s "Year 2018" (later incorporated in his ''Literature/CitiesInFlight'') : The Soviet Union still exists; [[UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy McCarthyism]] has become permanent and has turned the US into an Orwellian police state. There is a political dynasty that always wins. The US has colonies on Jupiter's moons but one of the characters complains how SLOWLY space exploration is progressing. The only remaining religious group is Evangelicals (not accurate in 2016 but it does fit the way the media tends to cover religion). The fact that a powerful Senator senator is from Alaska is considered a novelty.

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* ''Literature/{{Remnants}},'' first published in 2001 and set in 2011, is on the low end of this. There are self-driving cars, and minors can "drive" alone in some states; kids can apparently legally change their names easily, or else have all just decided to use weird nicknames like "2Face" and "Mo'Steel"; and the ubiquitous use of "links" turned out to be a fairly close prediction of [[PhoneaholicTeenager cell-phone cellphone culture]]. Oh, and there's some ''very'' experimental [[HumanPopsicle hibernation technology]], but it's nowhere ''near'' safe enough for humans to use yet. Or wouldn't be, if book #1 didn't end with eighty humans having to blast off in a SleeperStarship to escape the Earth's destruction (thus rendering most of that the other technology technological changes moot). About half wake up 500 years later, while the rest PassedInTheirSleep. \n



* ''Series/BlackMirror'' a British sci-fi anthology show is often set in our world, just with some new technology some 20 minutes into the future. Much like the Twilight Zone, it explores modern anxiety with how technology is taking over our lives.
* ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' is the trope namer. The original TV movie was entitled ''Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future'' and the phrase was reused in the openings of the resultant TV series (which takes place in a different universe and begins with a shortened remake of the movie). The date the series takes place is never explicitly pinned down, but the teenage character Bryce Lynch's birthdate was given in the movie and series pilot as October 7, 1988.
** You can still smoke in public buildings. It's a federal offense to turn your TV off. This being cyberpunk, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-zyRlcMi4&fmt=13#t=320 there is an Internet,]] though it gets called "The System", and the way it's shown to work is [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll pretty thoroughly gonzo]]. There's no reality shows. [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan rules the business world]]. Network news is filmed on camcorders. There is still a Soviet Union, which has colonized part of the Third World.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' a British sci-fi anthology show is often set in our world, just with some new technology some 20 minutes into the future. Much like the ''The Twilight Zone, Zone'', it explores modern anxiety with how technology is taking over our lives.
* ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' is the trope namer. The original TV movie was entitled ''Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future'' and the phrase was reused in the openings opening sequence of the resultant TV series (which takes place in a different universe and begins with a shortened remake of the movie). The date the series takes place is never explicitly pinned down, but the teenage character Bryce Lynch's birthdate was given in the movie and series pilot as October 7, 1988.
** You can still smoke in public buildings. It's a federal offense to turn your TV off. This being cyberpunk, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-zyRlcMi4&fmt=13#t=320 there is an Internet,]] though it gets called "The System", and the way it's shown to work is [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll pretty thoroughly gonzo]]. There's There are no reality shows. [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan rules the business world]]. Network news is filmed on camcorders. There is still a Soviet Union, which has colonized part of the Third World.



* ''Series/DarkAngel'' made in 2000, takes place in 2019, with a backstory where in 2009 terrorists set off an {{EMP}}, turning the United States into a third world hellhole. Which keeps it from looking too dated, ''Dark Angel'' 2019 looks like regular 2019 except shittier. The only significant technological differences are the {{Transhuman}} people running around, and they were a secret project anyway, and the PoliceState flying drones that look very similar to real world drones.

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* ''Series/DarkAngel'' made in 2000, takes place in 2019, with a backstory where in 2009 terrorists set off an {{EMP}}, turning the United States into a third world hellhole. Which keeps it from looking too dated, dated; ''Dark Angel'' 2019 looks like regular 2019 except shittier. The only significant technological differences are the {{Transhuman}} people running around, and they were a secret project anyway, and the PoliceState flying drones that look very similar to real world drones.
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