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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."''
-->-- '''Website/HardcoreGaming101''', ''[[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/smashtv/smashtv.htm On SmashTv]]''

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, but wildly wrong in general; cities like NYC are safer today than ever before [[/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 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.

Obviously, 20 Minutes into the Future is the setting of most FlashForward stories, though they usually don't make a big deal of it except as a minor joke. Of course, ScienceMarchesOn, so it's fun to watch 10 years later to see how wrong they got it. Television series are especially prone to this, as they tend to make use of various props, costumes, and effects that reflect the sensibilities of their time but [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece become increasingly dated over a long run.]]

Both ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' and ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' {{lampshade|Hanging}} the {{Zeerust}} problem by setting themselves explicitly "20 Minutes into the Future" and "Somewhere in the Twentieth Century", respectively (rather than identifying specific dates), and by [[SchizoTech mixing up production designs and costumes that would have been considered "futuristic"]] [[AnachronismStew in the '80s with random elements from previous decades]].

See also NextSundayAD, which is completely indistinguishable from the present, but claims to be happening in the future anyway. How much AppliedPhlebotinum it takes to flip NextSundayAD into full-scale Twenty Minutes into the Future is an interesting question, since many stories employing fictional technology are actually set in the ''present''. Can result in IWantMyJetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to UrbanFantasy as the magical version. Inverted by TwentyMinutesIntoThePast.

A good way to gauge whether or not a show takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future: would much of the world's population at the time of filming still be alive by then?


* A 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.
* [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 Kevin Butler of Sony]] greets the people of March 2010 from the "crazy" future of November 2010. Aside from declaring the success of the Playstation Move, he says that people drink their food through straws, and Kansas City won the World Series.[[note]]Non-Americans and Americans who don't care about baseball - the Kansas City Royals were at the time notoriously mediocre and had been for at least two decades. Sony was being facetious, they didn't have a chance... though it should be noted they ''did'' play in the World Series (but lost) four years later, and again the next year (and won that one).[[/note]]
* The now famous "1984" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.
* A Nike Jordans commercial aired during the 2012 Olympics showed two preteens, one in China and the other in the U.S., watching the 2012 Olympics and being inspired to pursue careers in basketball because of it. It shows them training throughout grade school, playing each other in college sports, then being recruited for the 2029 NBA draft, then playing in the 2032 Olympics, which are apparently in Cairo. The technology gets increasingly high tech, showing whole building ads and futuristic [=TVs=] that take up whole walls.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** 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, [[CassetteFuturism the Japanese 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 advances in all fields except those relating to the threat at hand.
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' justifies the tape player by establishing that it was his father's, and therefore has sentimental value.
** 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]].
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has its premise happen on Earth... Who-knows-how-many-years AfterTheEnd, although the chapters that are flashbacks to how things were before the impact that doomed humanity definitely qualify as this. It overall seems to function just like "our" present of maybe TheNineties or early 2000s.
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' has a creepy OpeningNarration that states "present day, present time", but it's obvious by the cell-phone-esque [=HandyNAVIs=] and the existence of a {{Cyberspace}} that this is not the case. This is a direct ShoutOut to ''Series/MaxHeadroom'''s original opening. There are however some indications that it actually takes place in an AlternateUniverse.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', made in 1988 and set in 1998. "This story is a work of fiction -- but in ten years, who knows?"
* ''Manga/ManabiStraight'' takes place in 2035, which looks just like today, but with fewer people and slightly fancier tech gadgets, such as [=PDAs=] and cell phones.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' takes place in a post-apocalyptic future after an atomic war in "199X".
* This trope is spoofed, as part of a general parody of ''Fist of the North Star'', in episode 23 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' (which aired in the late nineties):
-->'''Narrator:''' The future! Nineteen-ninety...\\
'''Audience:''' It's already passed!\\
'''Narrator:''' Oh crap! You're right...
* The ''Manga/AstroBoy'' manga, original publication 1951, had the titular robot boy being created on April 7, 2003, a time in which robots and flying cars were routine. When that date rolled around, the flying cars and robots were absent, but we did get a new television series, first broadcast on that exact date in Japan. At the very least, the Japanese government granted full citizenship to Astro Boy.
* The future of ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' features not only the Macross crashing to Earth in 1999, but a global unification war where the forces that overthrow the world's governments are [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified the good guys]]. And this is BackStory for the actual alien invasion in 2009.
* ''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's about it in terms of new technology. Tokyo is seemingly recovering from a massive earthquake that occurred ten years earlier, so it is a little {{crap|sackWorld}}py but, from what little we see of the world, it is not too different than today.
* ''Attack of the Super-Monsters'', a memorably bad live action/anime combination, had sentient dinosaurs (played by hand puppets) returning to take over the Earth in 2000.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' takes place in the near future, proven by the fact that Tetsu Ushio was confirmed to be the same character as the one who appeared in the original series, only a few decades older.
* Given the technology, it is also assumed that ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' occurs in the near-future, possibly in an AlternateTimeline from ''5Ds''. [[ShrugOfGod (The writers have never confirmed nor denied that.)]]
* ''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 the big-ass 20 TB memory cards they're selling in the school mensa.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' begins with a nuclear explosion in 1988 that sets off World War III. (In fact, the date of the explosion given in the movie -- 1988.07.16 -- was the date the movie premièred.)
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is set in 2002 in the original. Since the show was first premiered in 2000, the anime was set 2 years into the future. ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' also plays with the trope, but is set in 200X.
* ''Manga/AlienNine'' takes place in 2014, but the setting isn't that different from the present, except for alien invasions being a daily part of life.
* ''Manga/RealAccount'' would be an example of NextSundayAD, being almost identical to the early 2010s era it is based off of, if not for the titular social network, which purports to unify the diversified functions of such services onto one convenient platform. [[spoiler: Which also traps some of its users into a DeadlyGame.]]
* ''Manga/WanganMidnight'' is set in the year 20XX (According to [[VideoGame/WanganMidnight its arcade game adaptation]]. The manga doesn't explicitly state that). The manga was first published in 1992, and is still being published to this day (it was ended in late 2012 as ''C1 Runner'' arc). The year allows for cars that were previously nonexistent to be introduced in later chapters of the manga without forcing the story to advance years at a time. After all, how else can you make a Skyline GT-R R34, which started production in 1999, appear in the manga without making everyone age seven years?
** Its ShortStory SpiritualSuccessor, ''Ginkai no Speed Star'', subtly averted this trope.
* Considering the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever nature of the heroines]] of ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'', it's a rather interesting case in that we get to see 2011, 2025, ''and'' 2055 in the span of four episodes.
* ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' is set in, you guessed it, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 1999]]. When it began publication in the early 1990s, it was Twenty Minutes into the Future. The series remains unfinished since 2003. Creator/{{CLAMP}} now admit that they guessed wrong on some noticeable details, such as the rise of cellphones.
* ''Anime/AndroidAnnouncerMaico2010'' (made in 1998) provides another example of how hard prediction is. In 2010, the android Maico's first OS (operating system) is on a 3 1/2 inch floppy, and her full OS is on 50 [=CDs=]. It's now 2010, and Windows 7 is a 20 gigabyte OS supplied on [=DVD=]s or downloaded from the Net... and most people can't even remember the last time they used a floppy disk.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Compact Disc}}s.
* The 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.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' aired in 2006, and is set in the the late 2010s in the AlternativeCalendar "Ascension Throne Britannia". While its relationship with 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 same periods in 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 set in a full-blown AlternateHistory. [[spoiler:Given where the timeline splits from ours, some have speculated that ''Code Geass'' takes place in what would be the ''[=1960s=]'' in our timeline.]]
* ''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.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', first aired in 1991, takes place in 2015, where CF has replaced UsefulNotes/FormulaOne as the premier racing series and racing cars are equipped with AI computer systems. Aside from that, the world itself still looks like as it is in the present time.
* The world of ''LightNovel/OnlySenseOnline'' is not very different from the real world, except for the existence of a mature VirtualReality technology which enabled the creation of the titular {{MMORPG}}.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', created in 1972, is set in or around 2000. Yet the computers use punch tape and magnetic tape; tape recorders still exist; microfilm is still in use; there are no space shuttles (but there are moonbases and space stations); and nobody seems able to track submarines.
* 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.
* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' takes place in an undefined point in the future. Androids called "Giftia" are common place and technology is more advanced, yet their world otherwise looks like 2010s Japan. Zack is shown playing what is essentially a technologically advanced UsefulNotes/GameBoy so it's likely not too far in the future (as a kid playing a 30 year old console is more common than playing a 60 year old one).
* 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.
* ''Anime/YokaiWatchShadowside'' takes place 30 years after the original ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' anime (which ended in 2017). Not much is different in the 2040s.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[DarkerAndEdgier Grim and gritty]] superhero comic ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' took place twenty minutes into a future in which Franchise/{{Batman}} has retired.
* Likewise, numerous other "grim and gritty" superhero comics influenced by ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* The Creator/DCComics crossover ''ComicBook/{{Armageddon 2001}}'', released in 1991. When 2001 rolled around, none of the future events happened (and because of the [[ComicBookTime floating timeline]], the crossover could no longer have really happened in 2001 anyway).
* Deathlok, a Creator/MarvelComics character, is a time-traveling {{cyborg}} from the 1990s, where civilization has been almost destroyed by nuclear war. In 1974 when the character was created, this seemed plausible, but by this point he's had more than one major {{retcon}}. Which is a weird one. Obviously, cyborgs were not running around in RealLife in the '90s but in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, cyborgs were quite common, among other things.
* ''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 the aging of characters.
* In one old comic book, aliens show up to a futuristic looking Earth and contact the planet. When nobody answers, they take it as an insult and attack. In the last panel, we learn that humans are now living on Mars, and Earth has been uninhabited since the Nuclear War of 2000.
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' story "ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast", released in 1981, depicted a dystopian future in 2013.
* The timeline of the ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' series starts out in the present day, becomes this trope for the Christine Spar story arc and its immediate aftermath, and then leaps ahead several generations for the Grendel-spirit's later incarnations.
* ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is implied to take place in extremely distant future; there are references to entire half-forgotten time periods between now and then.
* ''The Highwaymen'' is about a pair of {{retired badass}}es from the late 20th century who have to get back together for one more job in 2022.
* ''Comicbook/{{Commando}}'' had a series set in the near future where war was effectively outlawed. Instead, nations solved their issues using virtual reality.
* ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'' is set in a dystopian (and eerily prescient in some ways) 2031.
* ''ComicBook/ElvisShrugged'', an AlternateHistory AffectionateParody of Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', was published in 1993 and set in 1997.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is set 122 years in an alternate future, and the character ages in real time, meaning that number never changes. It also means that as of 2014, Dredd himself has aged 37 years since his inception in 1977.
* The original ''Star-Lord'' stories took place in the early 90's (the comics themselves began publication in 1976), but this was {{retcon}}ned to the present when the character entered the mainstream Franchise/MarvelUniverse during ''Comicbook/{{Annihilation}}''. Star-Lord was later given a revised origin in ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' that removed all of these aspects.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In the old ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' comics, at one point the hero-pirate Black Barney is trapped on the floor of a Martian ocean, and discovers the wreckage of the first manned Earth-to-Mars expedition, launched in '''1949'''. This was still some years away at the time of the strip, and would also be after Buck Rogers started his long nap.
* ''ComicStrip/DanDare: Pilot of the Future''. The original series (written in the 1950s and 1960s) took place in an "advanced" future starting in 1995 spanning which had Britain as the world leader of space flight; missions to Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn's moons (all of which had/have their own civilization) and beyond the solar system.
* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' started being published in the 1930s and took place in the future of 1970. Adaptations have variously taken place in the present, Twenty Minutes Into The Future, or in the far future.
* The ''Oink!'' comic strip ''The Streethogs'' (1986-88) is set around the TurnOfTheMillennium. The setting is revealed as a TomatoSurprise some episodes into the run - it initially appears to be an anthropomorphic animals strip set in TheSeventies, until we discover that it's actually set in a near future where little has changed except that pigs are now considered full citizens. And can ride motorbikes.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MarksOfTime'' is set in 2024, which was twenty ''years'' into the future at the time of publication. Technology has some improvements: cell phones have become small earpieces, televisions and laptops are thin, and some devices understand voice commands. Also, hair dye is convenient and popular.

* Seminal movie example: ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', which in the titular year had commercial spaceflight and space stations, moon bases, cryogenics, and at least two sentient computers. Oh... and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Cold War]], and Pan Am and the Bell System. However, it was critically praised for realism in other things such as not having sound in space, not running the engine unless accelerating, and having flat panel screens. And a 10-minute call from the Moon to the Earth cost [[Film/BladeRunner less than $2]].
* The sequel, ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact,'' had a major confrontation between the United States and the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Soviet Union]] occurring back on Earth in that year.
* The Japanese ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movie ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'', made in 1968, was set in 1999, a year when humans would've supposedly set up a moon colony, built an island capable of holding Godzilla and his buddies, and contacted aliens in shiny silver suits.
* Gackt's vampire-yakuza movie ''Film/MoonChild'' starts at the Millennium celebrations in Tokyo, then jumps forward to various points in the main characters' lives, passing 2014, and "A few years later". The setting has Japan devastated by an economic crisis leading to massive emigration to a fictional city on what appears to be Taiwan, where Japanese are low-class.
* ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' predicts the grim voodoo gangs of 1997 Los Angeles.
** For the most part, the movie's future setting ages well, with the exception of the voodoo gangs and the heavily modified guns the police carry. No flying cars or bizarre mainstream fashions, though fedoras seem to have come back.
* The very first scene of the film version of ''Film/AScannerDarkly'' states that the story takes place "seven years from now," which turns out to look kind of like the '70s (when the book was written), the early '90s (when the story was ''set),'' and the early 21st century when it was made ... [[AnachronismStew all scrambled together]]. {{Justified}} insofar as the characters are living in a rundown part of town that likely hasn't been renovated in decades.
%%* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
* ''Film/TimeCop'', the 1994 movie starring Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, takes place in several time periods, including 2004, when the typical family car resembles a tank and can drive itself. And flashlights are duct taped onto assault rifles...
* In ''Film/TheTimeMachine1960'' by Creator/HGWells, the time-traveling hero sets off to the future from the start of the 20th century, stopping off at the time of both World Wars. Then he stops again in the year 1966, when ''[[ANuclearError World War III]]'' is starting. When he eventually gets to the far future, he finds, via an ancient computer archive, that the world of the Eloi and Morlocks emerged in the aftermath of "a great war between the East and West." [[Film/TheTimeMachine2002 The 2002 version]] had him visit 2035 and 2037 instead.
* ''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), 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.
** The World Trade Center is still standing in the first film, which seems to make the 'future' early 2001. However, "the not too distant future" subtitle gets a bit confusing by the time the third movie happens. Simply because two scenes occur before the opening credits, and they are stated to be "10 years ago" and "20 years ago." It is never specified when exactly those two scenes were supposed to be 10 and 20 years ago from, now or from the not too distant future. (Confused yet?)
* ''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 repaired or helped to repair the damage done to the pyramids in Giza by Devastator in ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'', during the ten-year gap between both movies, as "Revenge of the Fallen" is set in 2009.
* Poked fun at in ''Film/TheLakeHouse'', when the female lead (who lives [[NextSundayAD two years in the male lead's future]]) teases him by claiming that [[{{Zeerust}} people eat food pills and drive flying cars]] in her not-at-all-distant future.
* Implicit in the 2010 ''Film/TheATeam'', where the "crime they didn't commit" takes place during the supposed final US withdrawal from Iraq and the [=UCAVs=] that attack the team's plane are namechecked as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-9_Reaper Reapers,]] which don't as of RealLife mid-2010 have support for air-to-air missiles or cannon yet.
* 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, and 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 - this pretty strongly implies that 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 look too different until the last two timeframes.
* Most of ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' takes place in 2019. Surprisingly, not many technical advancements have been made.
* 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 contest to find the purest woman in the 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 and rampant drug use, and is 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, 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 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 for the early 2010s.
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' takes place far enough into the future for there to be the launch of an interstellar mission, yet close enough to the present for farms and pick-up trucks to look twentieth-century.
* ''Film/RobotAndFrank'' features versatile humanoid robots that serve as caretakers for the elderly and voice-activated television sets, but otherwise resembles 2012 when it was released.
* The B-movie ''Project Moonbase'' was made in 1953, but is set in 1970.
* ''Film/StrangeDays'', released in 1995, is set in the last two days of 1999, by which time there's a lively (illegal) trade in headsets which can record and play back a person's experiences including emotions and all sensory data.
* The world in ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' looks like our 2015, but Obama's presidency is said to have been over for quite some time and Violet has an android assistant.
* ''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 functioning wormhole technology]].
* ''Film/DoubleDragon'' is set in a WretchedHive in the year 2007.
* ''Film/BarbWire'' is set in a second US civil war in the year 2017. [[spoiler: [[HarsherInHindsight Uh-oh...]]]]
* ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is set in 2022. However, the causes of that particular dystopia--overpopulation, pollution and intense climate change--are issues that are still relevant today.
* ''Film/RoboCop'' is frequently set in the "near future", [[http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/25/business/robocop-neumeier-detroit-bankruptcy/index.html?iid=article_sidebar which managed to accurately predict the state of]] UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} several years later, as well as crappy gas mileage for cars, CDs being the norm, and sensationalistic news.
* ''Film/DaphneAndVelma'', a prequel to the Franchise/ScoobyDoo franchise, was released in 2018 and is supposedly set in the present day; however, it features technology such as holographic personal computer screens and edible food-producing 3D printers that is far more advanced than real-world 2018 technology.

* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' by Creator/NealStephenson was published in 1992, and for the timeline to work (Hiro and and Raven's fathers were WWII vets) the story would have to have occurred by sometime in the early 2000s. "The Diamond Age" seems to be set in the same universe, just a few decades after "Snow Crash".
** There are two words in ''Diamond Age'' that suggest [[spoiler:a character in common. The words? "Chiseled Spam"]]. Based on this, the events take place 50-70 years after ''Snow Crash''.
* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' by Creator/GeorgeOrwell was allegedly titled when Orwell inverted the year of its authorship (1948). However, the early 1980s featured a great deal of hand-wringing about whether or not we'd succumbed to Orwell's {{dystopia}}. [[MindScrew To be fair, Winston isn't sure that the year actually]] ''[[MindScrew is]]'' [[MindScrew 1984, since the records have been tampered with so often and so thoroughly]].
** A film adaptation of the novel was actually released in 1984, and won the Best British Film of the Year award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
** ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Black Dossier'' put the book's events ''in'' 1948, allowing them to [[spoiler:show a fallen Oceania government ten years later]].
* Many novels and short stories by Creator/PhilipKDick (and the film adaptations of them, such as ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/MinorityReport'', and ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'') are set just a decade or so in the future. [[IWantMyJetpack He was much better at entertaining than predicting the near future.]] It's not uncommon for novels written in the 1960s and '70s that take place in the '80s and '90s to feature flying cars, androids, World Wars, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and legalized marijuana]].
* Creator/CharlesStross' Literature/HaltingState is set in 2018. Apparently Scotland's independence vote went forward in 2012.
* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' is set at 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 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.
* Creator/TomClancy's first ''Literature/JackRyan'' novels, written throughout the 1980s, were set at an indeterminate point in the near future; the Cold War is still in full bloom and there's a [[AnonymousRinger vaguely Reaganesque Republican]] in the White House. ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', however, tied the series to a specific point in history (the end of the first Gulf War), and from that point on the LeadTime inherent in the writing and publication of Clancy's novels meant that the series turned into an AlternateHistory of sorts; ''The Bear and the Dragon'', published in 2001, must occur no later than June 1997 for the internal chronology to hold up. With ''The Teeth of the Tiger'', Clancy moved the series back into an indeterminate near-future setting.
* Joe Haldeman admits that setting his novel ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', about a deep space war to start in the far-off future of 1996, was silly in retrospect, and was done mainly so that the non-coms could be Vietnam veterans. He told any objectors to just "think of it as a parallel universe."
* The ''Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}}'' series of novels by Clive Cussler are usually set a year or two into the future, with the United States switching to metric and super A.I. computers with hot chick holograms.
* Any time Creator/RobertAHeinlein's predictions didn't happen, it was an alternate timeline. He was fair in this, too, in that there were also timelines for the worlds of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs, Creator/EEDocSmith, and others. Interestingly, he ''did'' predict a few things accurately, like waterbeds and the rise of the Christian Right. Though perhaps the best one was ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', which ''predicted the 1960s counterculture''.
** Heinlein invented the waterbed as a concept. That prevented it from being patented. He makes an amusing comment about it in his brick-sized diatribe ''Expanding Universe'' from 1980.
** The themes in the book extrapolated heavily from the 1950s "[[Creator/TheBeatGeneration Beat Generation]]" subculture, which was the precursor to the counterculture movements of the '60s and early '70s. Its "Church of All Worlds" was based on elements of the neo-pagan/"New Age" mystery religions which were gaining popularity among disaffected youth of the time. Heinlein himself wrote that the book "could not be published commercially until the public mores changed. I could see them changing and it turned out that I had timed it right." Many prominent figures of the counterculture would refer to ''Stranger in a Strange Land'' as a major influence on their thinking and philosophy, particularly the aspects of free love, communalism, and social liberation. Beyond merely predicting the counterculture, the book helped to create it.
* Creator/SpiderRobinson has a habit of setting stories five to ten years in the future and including elements such as zero-gravity vehicles, over-population to the extent that murder is no longer a crime even in ''Canada'', futuristic swear words ("You taken slot!") that have completely replaced our current Saxon words, dilating doors, and a character glancing at his "watch finger". Robinson has in fact had to redate some of his own stories in reprint: the original (1982) edition of ''Mindkiller'' was set in 1995 and 1999, the reprint in 2005 and 2009.
** His [[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan series]] is set in pretty much here and now. Including the characters attending the launch of STS-28 and 29 when it actually happened [[http://callahans.wikia.com/wiki/Inconsistencies#Timing (mostly)]]
* David Brin's ''Earth'' is set in 2040, and one of the primary notes in his foreword is how ''difficult'' it is to create a believable world set 50 years in the future.
* Earth in Garth Nix's ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' books seems to be situated here, especially in terms of medical technology -- understandable, as part of the backstory involves a deadly flu epidemic.
* ''The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant'', the book that was the basis for the musical ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', was published in 1954, but set in 1958. The musical, which came out in 1955, "takes place some time in the future" according to the first edition, though the setting is now acknowledged to be TheFifties in all non-supernatural aspects.
* Matt Ruff's ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'' is set in 2023 and features a world almost devoid of black people, due to [[spoiler:a genetically targeted plague]], robots and mutant sewer sharks.
* The epilogue of the last ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Deathly Hallows}}'' book (published in 2007) would, according to the official timeline, take place in 2017. We don't really get to see what the Muggle world is like by that time, but at the very least they still have cars and driving tests. We've now reached 2017 and, yes, cars and driving tests are just as prevalent as they were in 2007.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's ''[[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Ring For Jeeves]]'' is an interesting twist on this. Even though the Jeeves stories were written between the 1910s and the 1970s, they ''all'' take place in a GenteelInterbellumSetting...except for this one. ''Ring For Jeeves'' is the only novel that is actually set when it was written (the 1950s): World War II has happened, atomic technology is referenced, televisions exist and, most significantly, Britain is experiencing its post-war social upheaval that's dissolving the aristocracy and has resulted in Jeeves' and Bertie's [[spoiler:temporary]] separation. It's the closest thing to DarkerAndEdgier that Wodehouse ever wrote.
** In ''Cocktail Time'' (if I'm remembering the correct title), a gentleman disgruntled by an encounter with Drones writes a novel also called ''Cocktail Time'', exposing the depravity of today's youth. The cover of this 'inner' novel is described as featuring a young man in spats dancing the rock-and-roll.
* 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...
* Creator/JohnRingo:
** ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata A Hymn Before Battle]]'' was published in 2000 but set in 2004.
** For the most part, his ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series (with Creator/TravisSTaylor, after the first book) seems to be NextSundayAD, with references to TheWarOnTerror, but the eponymous first book of that series has PoweredArmor suits, the Wyverns, far beyond anything currently feasible with modern technology.
* 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, with the allies 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 painkillers) and the routine use of vat-grown replacement organs. This is all at least 20 years early.
* Niven & Barnes wrote ''Literature/DreamPark'' in 1981, set it in 2051, and doomed it to datedness by making reference to an earthquake that'd leveled Los Angeles in 1985. In the first sequel, they {{retcon}}ned the quake to 19''9''5, and in the second to 2005. They also retconned the first two novels' use of holographic displays to incorporate virtual reality elements in book three; ironically, this makes the tech in ''The California Voodoo Game'' seem '''less''' advanced than what's in ''Dream Park'' or (especially) ''The Barsoom Project'', as mechanisms which were kept discretely off-stage in the earlier books are much more intrusive in the last.
* The ''[[Literature/InDeath ...in Death]]'' series of mystery novels written by J.D. Robb (MoustacheDePlume of Nora Roberts) takes place in mid-21st-century UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
* The main plot of the 2009 novel ''Literature/{{Limit}}'' takes place in 2025. Author Frank Schätzing explained in an interview that although 2050 would be more realistic for the [[SpaceElevator technologies portrayed]], he considered it more important to immerse the reader in a time in which he or she might still be alive.
* The 2008 novel ''Literature/{{Neuropath}}'' is set 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.
* The start of the ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' series. The huge influx of advanced technology after the first book renders the date moot, though.
* Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' was written in 1996, and although the time frame of the events taking place in the novel is never clearly established, it is heavily implied to be set sometime around 2010 (estimates range from 2008 to 2011, with 2015 as an outlier).
* Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'' and ''Literature/BridgeTrilogy'' (written in the 1980s and 1990s, respectively) are both set in versions of the early twenty-first century. The ''Sprawl Trilogy'' (date unspecified) setting still has lingering UsefulNotes/ColdWar after-effects and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld a massive Japanese economic presence]]; in the ''Bridge Trilogy'' (2006), a massive earthquake has resulted in the abandonment of the Oakland Bay Bridge, which has since been resettled as a sort of squatters' shantytown.
* The time-travelling South African white supremacists of Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'' come from the year 2015, though besides their being at the bitter end of a struggle to keep control in their country, the few hints of 2015 sound like 1992 in all but name.
* ''The War In The Air'' by Creator/HGWells is a mixed bag. The details of the technology are largely wide of the mark, but he nails the strategic importance of air superiority ''and'' the political factors that would lead to a World War with uncanny accuracy (though the Chinese-Japanese alliance is something of a FunnyAneurysmMoment), and the final chapters are set in an AfterTheEnd scenario that would not look at all out of place in a post-nuclear scenario. Wells himself acknowledged this in his preface to the 1917 edition, with some bitterness over the CassandraTruth nature of his work. His amendment to said preface for the ''1939'' edition read, simply: "I warned you. You ''damned'' fools."
** ''Literature/TheShapeOfThingsToCome'' is a similar mix of prophetic and outlandish-in-hindsight, with a submarine launched ballistic missiles, and Poland being a military match for Germany. In fact, depending on how you look at it, this could probably be applied to most of his works.
* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/AynRand, "the action of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' takes place in the near future, about ten years from the time when one reads the book." In other words, Rand was using this trope quite intentionally. That's why the dialogue seems to go slightly out of its way to avoid referencing any specific year or century (with the possible exception of [[MeaningfulName the Twentieth Century Motor Company]]), and why the setting's technology and sociology tend to be mildly anachronistic in a {{Steampunk}} kind of way.
* James P Hogan's ''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]].
* The 1982 Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' takes place in the year 2025, where {{Deadly Game}}s are all the rage. Among its predictions is that by then the United States will be using New Dollars, possibly as a result of RidiculousFutureInflation.
* 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 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.
* Justin Cronin's ''Literature/ThePassage'' starts in a 2018 where a terrorist massacre in the Mall of America has resulted in an America where state borders have checkpoints, a second Class 5 hurricane has resulted in New Orleans becoming directly controlled by the Federal government and Jenna Bush is Governor of Texas. Also India and Pakistan nuked each other.
* Creator/HarryHarrison's 1966 novel ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' is set in 1999. It's quite dystopian. Somehow 344 million people is supposed to be a lot of people.
* ''Taken'' by Edward Bloor takes place sometime in the 2050s. The date is never specified, but it is hinted at by characters mentioning the recent 100 year anniversary of ''Series/ILoveLucy''. The major differences are that indentured servitude is legal, the ultrarich live in extremely gated communities, and it is common for the children of the ultra rich to be kidnapped for ransoms.
* It's implied that ''Literature/EndersGame'' and the ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series take place in Earth's near future; Earth itself is almost unchanged, but military technology is much more advanced. It could be that in a world where aliens have attacked and killed a sizable amount of people, all funding when straight to the military and space travel, causing other technology on Earth to stagnate. The Earth/space tech differences seem to be explained by military secrecy; the huge sci-fi advances described in ''Ender's Game'' and ''Literature/EnderInExile'' (the ansible, M.D.D., and molecular disruption propulsion) are all kept so secret that only interstellar captains know about the ansible and propulsion, and only the fleet admirals know about the M.D.D. Also explained by having all the fanciest new tech described in the series directly taken from the Formics. The books following ''Ender's Game'' explicitly take place 3000 years after the first one, so it's averted there.
* ''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.
* John Stith's ''Literature/ManhattanTransfer'' is far enough into the future from the publication date of 1993 that they have tiny memory disks and something mentioned in passing called a "[=VirtReal=] Simulation", but the [[HarsherInHindsight World Trade Center is still standing]] and there's no mention of TheInternet.
* ''Literature/{{Numbers}} 2: the Chaos'' was published in 2011 and takes place in 2026.
* Creator/VernorVinge's cult-classic novella, "Literature/TrueNames", published in 1981, involved some ''very'' educated guesses about the short-term potential of the personal computer. If this had been written fifteen years later, it would have been NextSundayAD.
* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' takes place sometime in the very near future. Somehow, though, the invention of the [[FasterThanLightTravel jumper]] device means that most developed nations of the world now have their own manned space programs. Earth is also surrounded by a ring of laser-armed space stations meant to protect us from aliens (who blow up worlds before breakfast). Everything else is almost exactly the same. Yes, there is a secret government agency in Russia that develops advanced technology after watching sci-fi films, such as the ExplosiveLeash and StunGuns. And Ukraine can apparently fight Russia to a standstill and afford aircraft carriers. But daily life is still exactly the same. Russian roads are still shitty (it's a main plot point in the first part of the book). People still drive regular cars. It is, however, mentioned that highly-advanced technology does exist. The aliens just won't let us have it.
* In ''Literature/DragonsEgg'', The first human section is the year 2020 in a book written in 1980. There's not a lot of tech development though, there are no personal computers and no internet. The idea of any computer time being such a valuable resource that you have to ''pay'' for in the year 2020 is kind of funny in retrospect.
** Perfectly reasonable for a timesharing system, even today. However, what the grad student is doing with the computer doesn't seem like something that would have required more than a quite modest personal computer in 2020.
** The later sections of the book are set in the year 2050.
* ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' was published in 2016 and takes place in 2023. It features a few minor technological advancements including holographic clocks, prison cutlery able to cut food but not human flesh, and cellular services that extend deep underground.
* Keith Nartman's ''Drew Parke'' books, both written in 2009, are set in the mid 2030s.
* The "[[WhatDoYouMeanItwasntmadeondrugs psychedelic]]" trilogy of SF novels (''[[Literature/TheGreenwichTrilogy The Butterfly Kid]]'', ''The Unicorn Girl'' and ''The Probability Pad''), written and first published in or around [[TheSixties 1967]], were collectively described by one later reviewer as being like "a Flower Summer with {{videophone}}s".
* "The Devil's Footprints" from ''[[Literature/PointHorror 13 More Tales of Horror]]'' takes place in 2004 (the short story collection was published in 1994). Apparently, by that point, everyone should have had house-controlling supercomputers.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series started off presumably taking place in the "present day" relative to publication and [[WebcomicTime eventually drifted]] into the recent past, such that the final book's FlashForward to a few years later takes place in 2002, just one year after the book's publication date of May 2001. It actually describes the world of 2002 far better than it has any right to, noting that the reveal that aliens exist [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror has led to an increase in terrorism, especially religiously motivated terrorism.]]
** Earlier in the series, however, a BadFuture episode has the World Trade Center as the only piece of the New York City skyline still standing.
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' takes place in a violent, crime-ridden, dystopian London where [[TechnologyMarchesOn people still listen to records]]. Nothing ever clearly establishes the precise timeline of the book's events, but it doesn't appear to be ''too'' far from the present at the time, with the exceptions of a (slightly?) more corrupt [[ColdBloodedTorture law enforcement]] and [[ConLang new slang words]].
* 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 broken up until around Christmas 1991. And the late Eighties ''were'' the scene of a last spat in UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. Social breakdown in the UK — not so much.
* The ''Literature/{{Countdown}}'' novels are set vaguely in the near future, with the prologue of ''The Liberators'' (the first book) taking place around the time of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
* ''Literature/TheGlimpse'' was published in 2012 and is set in 2041 England which a global depression and Petrol Wars have turned into a dystopian state.
* Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror'' is very clearly set ''near'' the time it was written, but it also casually mentions the existence of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and several other innovations that were still in the planning stages at the time.
* ''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 cellphones 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 date stated is when a classic car is said to be from the 2020's, so it's set sometime after that.
* The web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' rarely mentions dates, but takes place in a city with easy BioAugmentation, trade with several space colonies, and a number of space stations are mentioned. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out it's actually an AlternateTimeline 2001. Travelers from a distant future arrived in 1970 and started making adjustments, so society and technology advanced faster than they otherwise would have]].
* ''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 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 the other technological changes moot). About half wake up 500 years later, while the rest PassedInTheirSleep.
* ''Literature/TheLightOfOtherDays'' is mainly set in the late 2030s.
* Near-future military thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', which chronicles a potential scenario for the downfall of the United States and its aftermath, begins in 2016 and continues into the 2060s. In general, society changes comparatively little (and even regresses somewhat in many places, due to a collapsing global economy), but there are significant advances in various fields, ranging from drone planes to workable cold fusion. There's also some incipient transhumanism, especially by the "villain" factions.

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* The MTV sketch comedy show ''Series/TheState'' lampooned this idea with a sketch where a man wakes up in a hospital after only a short time knocked out in an accident only to find that he missed the "most exciting 15 minutes in the history of the world", and now aliens have landed and all sorts of things have changed.
* ''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 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 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.
** Also transplantation "body banks" which will pay for fresh corpses, no questions asked.
* The setting (and almost-subtitle; they went with "Almost Tomorrow") of the second season of ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds''. Martial law. Bad air. Food shortages. Genetic engineering. "Totally real" VR simulations. [[TechMarchesOn Eight-bit computers]].
* ''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.
* ''Series/CenturyCity''. Bright, clean, genetically engineered.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': RubberForeheadAliens live among us in 2025 and no one seems bothered in the least by this. But if you happen to be a ''human'' with special genetic abilities, you're an outcast.
** The setting of the first half of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', until the writers outright forgot that they'd claimed the show was "In the not-too-distant future".
** The heroes of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' hail from the year 3000. Most of the action takes place in 2001, though (the present day at the time of airing), so it's hard to say how advanced (or not) society is by then. At the very least, aliens are common, there are flying cars, and it's mentioned that junk food has been outlawed. Oh, and DesignerBabies are normal, with mutant failures bearing the brunt of FantasticRacism.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. Exact date unknown, but it's at least 2013 (aired in 2009, plus about a year AfterTheEnd and a three-year buildup beforehand). According to some sources, it takes place in 2085 - but according to others, it's an AlternateContinuity, and so could be an alternate '09.
* The "present day" of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' is set in the far-off future of 1999. From what little we see of the future during the series, cars are more streamlined and can go faster, electric cars have their own lanes, some cars have holographic displays and tracking devices, prostitution is legal, and women wear clothing that lights up. But firearms, military uniforms, and congressional committees haven't changed. Guess Beckett altered history more than Al or Ziggy expected him to...
** The late 1990s were chosen most likely because Bellisario wanted to keep the time-travelling within Sam's lifetime, but also within the audience's past. Therefore, the show's "present" needed to be futuristic, but couldn't be too far in the future.
** Project Quantum Leap is a black project, so it could still take/have taken place.
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''. Genetic engineering. Compulsory vegetarianism. Air-processing plants. First season: 2018. And the "Dagger" {{Super Soldier}}s created during the "Dark Age of Genetics" (2001-2003).
* The seventh and final season of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' was aired in 2015 and took place in 2017. It played with minor advances in technology, like holographic tablets made by new social media giant Gryzzl, and other celebrity and pop-culture news, e.g. The Cubs winning the World Series, Elton John owning Chic-Fil-A and Shailene Woodley and Morgan Freeman having an epic feud.
* The setting of a bunch of episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Note that many of the stories explicitly set in the 1990s and the 21st century aren't really Twenty Minutes Into The Future; they're really distant-future stories dated by a writer who didn't realize that the year 2000 really wasn't all that far off. However, ''The Invasion'' and subsequent UNIT stories were always intended to be set just a few years in the future. This was ignored in ''Mawdryn Undead'', but by UNIT's final classic-series appearance in ''Battlefield'', the setting was clearly re-established as the very-near future. The issue of "UNIT dating" (when exactly the UNIT stories take place, since there's a bucketload of contradictory evidence) is a major topic of debate among fans, has been parodied a number of times in the ExpandedUniverse and gets its own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNIT_dating_controversy Wikipedia entry]] (it also got {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the books and the New Series episode "The Poison Sky" by having Sarah Jane and the Doctor respectively say they "used to work for UNIT in the Seventies, or was it the Eighties?").
** In ''Mawdryn Undead'', producer John Nathan-Turner demanded that one of the story's time periods be 1977. This caused Script Editor Eric Saward incredible trauma, because he knew about the UNIT dating situation and, more importantly, he knew the fans knew and would pillory the creative team for the 1977 decision. This is exactly what happened.
** The Second Doctor's companion Zoe comes from the 21st century, but few dates are given for her era... until in ''The Mind Robber'' (aired in 1968), she is familiar with a cartoon character from the year 2000, implying that she's from a few years past that time at most. Or that she's a comics geek, which wouldn't be out of character for her.
** ''The Tenth Planet'' (1966) was set in the futuristic age of 1986, and features the discovery of Earth's twin planet of Mondas, which begins to siphon off Earth's energy. Come 1985, and the show's still running -- the story ''Attack of the Cybermen'' sees the Sixth Doctor heading off the titular attack before it affects the Mondas attack...
** All episodes set in the present day from 2005's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]] to 2008's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], inclusive, take place a year after the airing date. [[note]]2007's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] is a tiny exception to the rule, because the Doctor's only present-day appearance in that episode was after a one-year TimeSkip from a linear, subjective viewpoint. This means that "Blink" ''started'' in the year it aired but ''finished'' at the normal one-year-ahead point.[[/note]] This was due to "Aliens of London" being explicitly set a year after the first episode of the 2005 season. Thanks to the series taking a "gap year" in which only a handful of specials were aired, the series was able to align with present-day by the time the Tenth Doctor handed off to the Eleventh Doctor.
** The first decade of the 21st century in ''Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe'' makes interesting reading. The writer takes a deep breath and presents the CyberPunk near future of the 1990s [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse New Adventures novels]] and the PresentDay setting of the current series as happening at the same time, without further explanation. [[TimeyWimeyBall Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight In the Forest of the Night]]", broadcast in 2014, included dialogue specifically dating it as taking place in 2016. As a result, all modern-day Earth episodes featuring companion Clara Oswald that followed (at least up until her departure in 2015) took place at least two years after their broadcast date. This, however, led to a ContinuitySnarl in the spinoff series ''Series/Class2016'', which is set in the year 2016, after the the [[spoiler: death]] of Clara, which based on the dating established by the 2014 episode, did not occur until at least 2017, if not later.
* One of the places that they liked to reference and visit in ''Franchise/StarTrek''. ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' gave us some troubling news about genocidal wars of the 1990s. ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' visited the second quarter of the 21st century. When TOS visited the near-future world of 1968 in "Assignment: Earth" and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' flashed back to 2000 in 1998, those were examples of NextSundayAD.
** Quite niftily, one episode of TOS that came out in 1967 ("Tomorrow Is Yesterday") had the crew going back in time to the late sixties--where they pick up a radio broadcast talking about a manned moon launch coming up on Wednesday. Guess what happened on a Wednesday in 1969 in real life.
** 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''.
* Inverted in ''Series/StargateSG1'' in the episode "2010", where contact with an advanced civilization willing to share technology makes 2010 a much different world than it was at the time of filming. A very visible bit of {{Zeerust}} is the fashions of this 2010: taking a cue from ''Series/WildPalms'', President Kinsey wears an outfit that would look more at home in ''1910''.
* ''SpaceIslandOne'' was set on a space station just a hair more advanced than would be possible today.
* An interestingly related setting is that of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. The viewer is initially given no reference frame for when it occurs relative to Earth history, but it fits the pattern of Twenty Minutes into the Future in that it combines highly advanced, futuristic technology with a culture that is almost indistinguishable from the USA of 2005, down to the clothing. As the series progresses, more specific elements of American culture start appearing, and the fleet discovers [[spoiler: the post-apocalyptic remains of a planet they believe to be Earth, whose inhabitants also had a culture resembling 2000s America.]] Eventually, the series is revealed to be occurring somewhere around the year ''[[spoiler: 148,000 B.C.]]''. [[ArcWords All this has happened before and will happen again.]]
** The prequel series ''Caprica'', set about 50-60 years prior to the main series, follows the pattern to a degree by dressing the characters in fashions reminiscent of the '40s and '50s.
** In addition to similarities in clothing, the series features other modern-day elements, such as British rifles and American HMMW-Vs.
* ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'', where Howard Hessman's character comments at a reunion that his teacher's salary has finally reached six figures, and that even though teachers are now paid what they deserve, he's too old to enjoy it.
* The first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', aired in 2001, was set in March 2004 (as retroactively indicated by a shot of a character's driver license shown in season 4), and each following season has been set a few years after the previous one. (The most recent season, the show's sixth, aired in 2007 and was set in 2013; the seventh season, which began in January 2009 is set in November 2017.) Could be [[NextSundayAD Twenty Seconds into the Future]] if not for the AppliedPhlebotinum (real-time satellite surveillance, handheld remote heartbeat sensors, &c.) that pops up from time to time.
* The 1992 series ''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.
* The TV series (and [[Film/AlienNation the film]]) ''Series/AlienNation'' was set in the near-future of the late eighties/early nineties. The TV movies took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Emily was 13 in "Dark Horizon" and presumably between 16 and 18 in "The Udara Legacy", as she was still attending high school. The transition from TV series to TV movies involved some unfortunate timeline-tweaking with rather inconsistent aging.
** For the record, you could smoke in the police station, there were a few gags about non-existent sequels to famous movies (''Franchise/BackToTheFuture [[RidiculousFutureSequelization VI]]'', etc.), and by the TV movies they had video-phones... but the cars still looked distinctively Eighties.
*** At the time, they were using the most aerodynamic and "futuristic" looking cars they could get.
** Also, the computer user interfaces are also distinctively Eighties or "Graphic-DOS" styled, with no notion of CUA-like interfaces anywhere... but Internet has been replaced by something called "Optinet". One of the movies has a computer with a then-futuristic touch screen (running what looks basically like Windows 95).
* The British 1970s series ''TimeSlip'' showed several potential versions of the year 1990. Cloning. Melted polar icecaps. Longevity serums. Global computer control. Europe being geologically restructured to maximize efficiency. And computers were still room-size monstrosities with reel-to-reel tapes. And as to the sense of taste in decor, let us just say that it is truly fortunate for our corneas that only one episode has survived in its original color.
* ''Series/Space1999''. Still waiting for the moon to be blasted out of orbit.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "The Duplicate Man", filmed in 1964, is set in 2025, when space travel is common, {{cloning|Blues}} has been outlawed and statues of alien lifeforms are exhibited in a museum. The smaller changes from the present are also interesting: future tech includes {{Video Phone}}s (with rotary dials!) and light-activated drinking fountains, and the protagonist wears an early [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]-style collarless suit and drives a CoolCar that's actually [[http://wearecontrollingtransmission.blogspot.com/2011/03/hot-wheels-chemospheres-chromoites.html a customized Buick Riviera]] created for the film ''For Those Who Think Young''.
* Most entries of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' are set in this period, with things like colonization of the Moon or Mars being mentioned often, spaceflight being done regularly by pilots, and ray guns being the weapon of choice against the MonsterOfTheWeek, while everything else looks as it was in the years the show was produced in.
* Humorously invoked by Creator/ConanOBrien in his recurring "In the Year 2000" sketches: All of the "future" predictions are based on current events and celebrities. He took the joke even further by continuing the theme well past the arrival of the actual year 2000, although when he moved to ''Series/TheTonightShow'' it was finally updated to "In the Year 3000".
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is presumably this... as the very least, it's suggested by the scenes set inside [[MegaCorp Massive Dynamics]] and particularly by Nina Sharp's... [[{{Cyborg}} generous enhancements]].
* The 1960s series ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea'' was set in the 1970s-80s.
* Several episodes of the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' were set in a future that has come and gone. Some episodes refer to the setting as "the day after tomorrow".
* In the 1979 movie and subsequent TV series ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', the titular character, Buck begins his journey in 1987 in a deep space probe that was supposed to last a few months. Something goes wrong and he's frozen for 500 years. When he's awakened from his frozen state, he learns that a nuclear war has made most of Earth uninhabitable. The war took place in the early 1990s.
* ''Series/TheTribe'' was a post-apocalyptic series set in a Type 2 TeenageWasteland after a [[DepopulationBomb mysterious virus]] killed off all the adults. Based on the technology commonly used and traded by the various Tribes (CD players, egg-shaped original iMacs, no iPods), the Virus struck some time in the late '90s or early '00s.
* ''{{Series/Extant}}'' takes place at an unspecified point in the future where {{deceptively human robots}} exist.
* ''{{Series/Viper}}'': In Season 2-4 the intro still mentions that the story takes place in the 21st century. But there are no futuristic concept cars like in Season 1 anymore. Even actor Jeff Kaake mentioned in an interview that the future setting was dropped for Season 3.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The series seems to be set not very far off, with the flashbacks in what's apparently present day. Tinder, Uber and Craigslist are mentioned. Luke is explicitly stated to have been born in 1980.

* ''Manhua/SchoolShock'' is set in 2017. The science fiction focuses on nanomachines, single person aviation, cyborgs and a little bit of BrainInAJar tech.

* "Space Odyssey", the final song on Music/TheByrds' 1968 ''Notorious Byrd Brothers'' album, opens with the lines, "In nineteen and ninety-six we ventured to the moon/Onto the the Sea Of Crisis like children from the womb/We journeyed cross the great wall plain beneath the mountain range/and there we saw the pyramid, it looked so very strange." Basically a reference to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* Canadian band Tokyo Police Club have a song called 'Citizens of Tomorrow,' which predicts humanity's enslavement by robots, who implant microchips in our hearts and make us work to build their giant spaceships. "That's 2009" for you!
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'' parodied this with their song ''Robots'' which took place in "The Distant Future...the year 2000..."("Things have changed a lot since the robot revolutions of the late '90s.") - despite the fact that it was written much later.
* The murder that starts the action in Music/DavidBowie's 1995 ConceptAlbum ''1. Outside'' takes place on December 31, 1999. Technology hasn't advanced that much, but TrueArt has -- into "art-crime", muggings and now a murder performed and presented as works of art. Let's all be happy ''this'' didn't come to pass. (The inspiration for this world came from the work of such RealLife artists as Damien Hirst and Chris Burden; the short story in the liner notes that provides the backbone for the songs mentions them and others by name as the precursors to the art-crime trend.)
** However, we ''do'' have [[MadArtist a trope based on the phenomenon]].
* Bosnian rapper Edo Maajka's new music video for song Panika (Panic) is set "23 minutes after this moment", according to the Youtube description. It starts realistically, with a poor man beaten and robbed by a group of men, but then he creates a futuristic weapon and attacks the said group.
* ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !Hero: The Rock Opera]]'' tells the story of Jesus in an AlternateHistory where He wasn't born until the modern age, where the world is ruled by a OneWorldOrder called I.C.O.N. which has banned all religions except for Judaism.

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* The majority of Gerry Anderson's series, such as ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}},'' ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''[[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet]]'' take place 100 years from the date the shows were being made, setting them in the 2060's. The biggest oddities are ''relatively small'' nuclear reactors (which permit most of the rest of the vehicle technology) and whatever heavy duty equipment allows ''WASP'' to hide their city underground.

* In ''Radio/TheStanFrebergShow'' (1957), "Incident at Los Voraces" begins with the narration: "It was 1960 when the incident occurred -- that's almost ten years ago."

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* The Earth in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' is this setting with a cyberpunk theme.

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* The old ''Ride/ExtraTERRORestrialAlienEncounter'' attraction at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] was set in a future where unscrupulous MegaCorp organizations span across entire solar systems. It was slightly tongue in cheek, but a large departure from the tone of everything else in the park.
* The original version of Disneyland's Tomorrowland from TheFifties depicted houses made entirely out of plastics and commercial space travel in the year "1986". Obviously, TheEighties didn't turn out that way.

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* The FramingDevice storyline in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games, first released in 2007, take place over the period of a few months in 2012. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' takes this trope to [[UpToEleven its logical extreme]]: Desmond's storyline starts on October 31st 2012, ''one day'' after the game's initial release on UsefulNotes/XBox360 and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 in North America, and the ''same day'' it was released in Europe. Later games simply had them be set around the time of release.
* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' is set in 2035, 36 years after Dracula was supposedly defeated for good and his castle banished into a solar eclipse. Ironically, the only modern or futuristic things and people in the game are a U.S. Army soldier, in-game items that are never shown graphically, a handgun, and a positron rifle.
* The first four ''VideoGame/DotHack'' games take place in 2010, with a virus having wiped out all computers except for the Altmit OS in 2005. The next three games take place in 2017.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Though it obviously takes place on a non-Earth world, its dinosaurs did die in 65,000,000 B.C., making it clear that it was somewhat Earth-like. In its version of 1999, mankind lives in domes with air fortresses and sentient robots. This one is obviously on purpose, considering that A.D. 1000 corresponds roughly to modern times, and A.D. 600 to medieval times.
* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' seems to be this way. There's a RidiculouslyHumanRobot and the Class Trial room, instead of a circle, is now composed of hovering glowing platforms that move around, not to mention the Gifted Inmates Academy seem to have been abandoned for a long time.
* Nearly every Creator/TomClancy game. It pretty much comes to a head in ''VideoGame/EndWar'', where the US is able to now deploy units anywhere in the world in an hour and thirty minutes, nuclear weapons are rendered useless by shields (but "[[ColonyDrop rods from God]]" aren't, and neither are KillSat lasers), and many European nations have banded together. There are miniguns and better armor, and evil Russians, and technology that's conceptual or prototype here is deployed (there's even a bit of BackStory about H&K and FN suing the US Government for stealing the name and design for their own weapon).
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'' is never said to take place at any specific time in the ''Sim''verse, although ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' is set around 25 years after the original while ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' is set 25 years before. The neighborhoods are very similar (well, with the limitations of the game) to our current society and levels of technology (with some differences between each game) - except for the robots (both AIs that begin functioning as [[RobotMaid household servants]] but can be freed and helpful household robots), aliens, werewolves, ninja teleportation, resurrection, the Grim Reaper, zombies, plantsims (Sims that function like plants, needing oxygen and water to survive), and more.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}:'' October 1, 1997. The END DAY. The UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor remake didn't specify the date of the end of the world (it was released after 1997, which should be obvious since the system it's on was also released after 1997). Seeing how the remake wasn't received as well as the original, most ''Crystalis'' fans probably don't care.
* The original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' game's non-[[RealityRetcon secret history]] backstory begins in late 1995 (the year it was released), and subsequent games are generally set Twenty Minutes Into The Future. The canonical dates are 1999-2002 for ''Tiberian Dawn'', late 2030 for ''Tiberian Sun'', 2031-32 for ''Firestorm'', 2047-49 for ''Tiberium Wars'' and 2077 for ''Tiberian Twilight''.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'':
** ''VideoGame/DukeNukemI'' was released in 1991 and takes place in 1997. Its setting looks somewhat futuristic while also retaining many elements from the late '80s and early '90s.
** ''VideoGame/DukeNukemII'' came out in 1993 and its opening shows a very futuristic city with a caption "NEO-L.A.: THE FUTURE". No year is given directly, but in the story, Duke says he defeated Dr. Proton[[note]]the villain in the original game[[/note]] "last year", which means the events in the game take place in 1998.
** ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' is placed in December 2007. It was released in 1996. It's kinda funny (sad) how [[VaporWare the sequel was promised to be out in 98]]...
** The sequel ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' looks like it could be more or less in the present day...but going by the fact that it's set during the run of the 67th President of the United States, that would set it at least in year 2104 up to year 2196. This is barring any previous Presidents leaving office early. Which [[spoiler: Number 67 does in a very violent way...]] Further muddled by the fact that, in what's likely another reference to the game's extremely long development time, everybody at the beginning of ''Forever'' refers to the events of ''3D'' as having taken place "twelve years ago", which would place ''Forever'' in 2019 or 2020.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', released in 2000, is set in 2052 and features some impressive -- but not ''too'' out-there -- advances in computer science (AIs), genetics (engineered mutant species), robotics (commercially used security robots) and, most importantly, nanotechnology. One of the game's plot points is the nanotechnologically augmented, super-powered protagonist who replaces the old cyborg augments. There's also mention of mining operations on the moon.
** ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' moves the setting 20 years and into the actually [[TheFuture future]]. Bio-modification (with super-advanced biological nanotech) is commonplace, the nation-state is gone and replaced with competing international interest groups, a Borg-like hivemind of cyborgs controls the black market, and nanotechnology can now build or [[WeaponOfMassDestruction dismantle]] large cities in a matter of minutes.
** ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is set in 2027. Nanotechnology is in its infancy and instead people use more mechanical cybernetics instead, however this technology still appears very impressive. The most implausible bit is Hengsha, a skyscraper-covered Chinese island expanding ''upward'' via a giant platform above its skyscrapers on which new buildings are built, taking "social stratification" to a whole new level. Better get on that ASAP, China.
*** Even the ''developers themselves'' said at one point that that last bit is "not going to happen".
*** The timeline shown in [[AllThereInTheManual the tie in Sarif Industries website]] shows that this is a minor example of an AlternateUniverse; the titular prosthetics company was founded in 2007, amongst other examples.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'' took place 'in the near future'. 3 hints to its time were given, yet they all contradict each other. The manual states "3 weeks into the future" while entries on the official website are dated 2013. As if that wasn't enough to throw you off, a DJ on the radio states "The millennium's a' commin'!". There wasn't much future technology to be seen, although a few examples exist - one of the weapons is an [[ShockAndAwe electric arc gun]] and one of the gangs is hinted to use {{Expendable Clone}}s as mooks.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' and the other games in its continuity - it took place in 2001, the same year it was released, and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity the]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas next]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories four]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories games]] were all prequels variously set between 1984 and 1998.
* The original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' took place sometime during the 2000s. [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 The sequel]] takes place 20 years later. Fans have debated the exact date of the Black Mesa Incident quite heavily. According to the [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline#200- Half-Life wiki,]] the exact year is most likely 2003 though 2008 is also possible. 1998 was a third option until WordOfGod dismissed it as a mistake.
* Inverted in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''; though [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] takes place in 2552, with the overall series taking place in the 26th century, most of humanity's technology is remarkably close to present day, with a few exceptions, such as anti-gravity warships, holographic [=AIs=], portable railguns and powered battle armor. This was lampshaded by the original Creator/{{Bungie}} developers, who jokingly realized that for 500 plus years of innovation, combat will have advanced way beyond what ''Halo'' depicts. Something along the lines of "combat just 250 years from now will be, I drink something, and everyone else on the battlefield dies." That said, current developers Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries have been moving ''Halo''[='s=] humans towards a more recognizably futuristic society.
* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead III'', a 2002 game, is set in 2019, and by then the world is in a post-apocalyptic state. Inverted in ''The House of the Dead 4'', which was released in 2005 in Japan. On top of being a prequel to the third game, it's set in the ''past'' (2003).
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** The original ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' games were set in the year 200X, later changed to 20XX. The continuation of the series, ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', was set in 21XX. Posterior series in the franchise, such as ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' would be set even further still.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' also takes place in 20XX, but in an explicit AlternateUniverse (the point of divergence is a grant going to fund Dr. Light's network technology, rather than Dr. Wily's robots).
** ''Music/TheProtomen'', a RockOpera [[InNameOnly very loosely based]] on the Mega Man mythology, is similarly set in the year 200X.
* Each game in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series (with the exception of prequels) is set nearly a decade after the ones when they were released: the first ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'', originally released in 1987, is set in the placeholder date of 199X (later established to be 1995 or '96, depending on the source), ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', released in 1990, is set in 1999; ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', released in 1998, is set in 2005; ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', released in 2001; is set in 2007 and '09; ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', released in 2008, is set in 2014; ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', released in 2013, is set in between 2016 and '18.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', the [[AfterTheEnd Catastrophe]] (an event which results in [[DepopulationBomb the deaths of 80% of the Eurasian population]]) occurs on June 6, 1991 in the Japanese versions (the first versions of the game were released for Japanese computers in 1988). Changed to 1996 (convenient due to the presence of a [[FauxSymbolism third 6 in its date]]) in the English Sega CD version released in 1994.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}},'' the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' originally released in 1994, states that mankind's first fully functional space colony would be launched in 2010.
* Even though it has very strong PostCyberpunk vibes, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' doesn't show any technologies that are not already very common and a society that could be right around the corner any time now.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'':
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2:'' Parts of the game are set in the year 2025. The major differences from the present day seen in-game include mass proliferation of [[AttackDrone combat drone technology]], weapons that are [[RareGuns prototypes]] today shown in common use, [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China having formed a multinational Strategic Defence Coalition that threatens world peace,]] commercially available VTOL aircraft, and a super-expensive resort city on a mobile, floating island. On the other hand, nightclubs on said island still play Music/{{Skrillex}}.
** The following game ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' is also set in a future time period but not in the same way as ''Black Ops II'' (since the setting of the game is a FallenStatesOfAmerica scenario, where UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates has struggled to remain intact following a devastating KillSat attack) so the technology is more reminiscent of a NextSundayAD. The 2014 ''Call of Duty'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', embraces the trope even more than ''Black Ops II'', featuring highly equipped PrivateMilitaryContractors using PoweredArmor exosuits that can scale walls, among other exotic technologies (appropriately set in 2054).
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'' jumps forward to roughly the time of ''Advanced Warfare'' (2065) and we find soldiers with robotic augmentations and LeParkour enabling "Cyber Rigs", among other things. In this reality, autonomous defense systems have become so sophisticated that they cause a stalemate so national defense has returned to reliance on traditional foot soldier forces, hence the growth in robotic augmentation.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' takes place in 2023, and it seems we're less than two decades away from flying cars, self-aware robots, extra-terrestrial contact, and a black president. That last one's already in place.
* ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'': It's 2018. AIDS has been eradicated, tumours can be removed by a simple process, and there's a wonderful antibiotic gel that disinfects, arrests bleeding and ''instantly heals'' small wounds. On the other hand, weird man-made parasites called GUILT are tearing up your organs from the inside, petrifying your liver and wrapping webs around your heart, draining it of its energy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'', written in 2001 and focusing on HollywoodHacking in Far-Off Year of 2010 AD, has more than a few issues. For the more technically-oriented gamer, this can lead to either {{Narm}} or [[SoBadItsGood unintentional hilarity]]. A 60 [=GHz=] processor is quite slow (a tribute to the megahertz race of the moment), and gateway computers with multiple processors are common, while only specialized systems support daughterboards. BBS software still holds a major part in the world, and Website/InterNIC can be used as a proxy and hacked into with a basic dictionary attack.
* ''VideoGame/FrontlinesFuelOfWar'' takes place in the year 2024. The biggest differences are that military robotics are widespread(everything from hand-held flying recon drones to [[GatlingGood minigun]] and [[StuffBlowingUp mortar]] equipped mini-tanks to hand-held miniature attack helicopters to automated sentry guns); the [=XM8=], or at least a heavily modified version of it, is in widespread service; and that oil is about to run out(specifically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil Peak Oil]] has been reached and passed, and now everyone's scrambling to get something out the door to help people).
* The SNES cult classic ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', released in North America in 1995, takes place in ''199X'', making it seem like a very different game once 2000 rolled around.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', with a good measure of alternate history.
* ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 2]]'' takes place in at least 2016, if the description for the [[RareGuns SPAS-12]] is right. (it's been service for over 37 years; the gun was introduced in 1979).
* ''VideoGame/{{Hydrophobia}}'' is based sometime in the mid 21st century. The global human population has reached crisis points and Thomas Malthus' theories on population seem to be right, all-be-it slightly delayed. The game takes place on a massive city-sized luxury ocean vessel that has already been in operation for 10 years prior the events of the game.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Remember 11}}'' takes place in January 2011 and mentions the existence of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) VI, used in the field of psychology to classify and describe the symptoms of disorders; as of fall 2010, they're still saying the DSM-V won't be published until 2013.
** Similarly, ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' is set in 2017 [[spoiler:and 2034]].
* Both ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' and ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'' take place in the near future; the backstory of ''The Conduit'' even includes a second terrorist attack in the United States on [[TheWarOnTerror September 11]].
* The setting of ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', released in 1990, is a violent game show in the now-not-so-futuristic year of 1999.
** ''VideoGame/TotalCarnage'', which was released the following year, is also set in 1999.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} 2: The Chosen'' is set in 2028, exactly one century after the first. The only truly advanced things that appear in the game are a lightning gun, a napalm gun, and giant airships, and only one of the three is new to the series.
* ''VideoGame/BattleTanx'' and its sequel, released in 1999, set in 2001 and 2006 respectively. Tanks in-game are certainly more advanced than in real life; the real-world M1 Abrams is the JackOfAllStats to things such as hovering tanks or tanks with laser cannons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Aerobiz}}'': The Supersonic Era of gameplay from the 1994-released Aerobiz Supersonic has the player starting in 2000. It painted a bright future of supersonic airliners and 1000+ passenger super-jumbo jets covering the globe.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' takes place in the year 1999, and was released in '93. ''[[VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep Terror from the Deep]]'' is set in the year 2040, and from the look of things, the world didn't change one bit over the years. The reboot ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Enemy Unknown]]'' is set in 2015 and came out in 2012.
* ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish'' is set in 2073, but its set at a campus that would seem perfectly at home in the early 21st century. The game's a prequel to ''VideoGame/ThePerilsOfAkumos'', which is instead full-on sci-fi.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Played with in the final content of ''Cataclysm''. The Hour of Twilight instance and the Dragon Soul raid both take place in modern Azeroth's Dragonblight, with Deathwing and the Old Gods laying siege to Wyrmrest Temple, but are both accessed through the Caverns of Time. Also, for obvious reasons regarding Wrath's content, non-instanced Dragonblight looks exactly the same. To any character it can seem like these two instances are set 20 minutes into Azeroth's future.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have all look like they have been 20 minutes into the future, although its not clear if this was intentional (it could just be a technologically advanced universe). The Pokémon-related technologies ([=TMs, HMs=], Pokémon Centers, Poké Balls) all seem to work consistently within the universe, and seem to be extensions of normal technology. Robotics and genetic engineering are well advanced beyond the real world, but within the realm of reason...Until you get to the apricorns, which just confuses everything. And never ask Bill about that time he turned himself into a Pokémon. This trope seems to be played fully straight as of Gen VI though. Previously Pokedexes were based off the current Nintendo handheld (or the iPod in Gen V) and the communication device was some sort of portable cellphone-esque watch. In Gen VI both your Pokedex and your Holoclip are completely hologram based, [[FridgeBrilliance playing off of the system's 3D capabilities]].
* While events of ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' take place in the 23rd century, the [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] mentions that advanced technology such as FasterThanLightTravel and AntiGravity were invented at the beginning of the 21st century. Better get on that quick.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' (released in 2013) parodies this trope. "The year is 2007. It is the future."
* A somewhat obscure arcade/SNES shmup called Strike Gunner S.T.G. took place in A.D. 2008.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' states that pollution has grown way out of control in 2066, and this prompts the creation of the CERES orbiting nanobot satellite to fix the atmosphere.
* ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'', released in 1991, takes place in Japan in 1996 according to the attract mode sequence.
** The sequel was released the following year, and takes place in 1999, when only three of the monsters have survived.
* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders'', which was released in 1988 and takes place in 1997, with two visible technological "advances": People exclusively use "Cash Cards" instead of actual cash, and [=TVs=] no longer seem to have buttons on them.
* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' takes place 30 years after the events of [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys the original]] (it's unclear when that game took place, though it's theorised to be set in 1993, meaning ''3'' could take place sometime in the 2020's). In a clever way of avoiding [[ScienceMarchesOn an inaccurate depiction of future technology]], the player's tools are explicitly from the first game's era. ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' (aka FNAF 6) takes place at some point after ''that'', given the BigBad of ''3'' returns to become part of the BigBadEnsemble in ''6''. [[spoiler: The audio heard in the Insanity Ending is labeled in the game files as [=HRY223=], hinting it specifically takes place in 2023.]] It also avoids an inaccurate depiction of future technology by way of the player character just starting out in running his own pizzeria, and therefore only able to afford older technology.
* ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'' is explicitly set 60 years in the future at the time of release, placing it at 2076. While there is an abundance of scifi tech-- there's been a RobotRebellion, experiments with chronological disassociation as a side effect, a colony of genetically modified gorillas ''on the moon''--most of the lore implies that all the really advanced stuff is in the hands of governments and powerful corporations while the average joe has to make do with "merely" ubiquitous hovercars and robotic servant devices.
* Laurentia from ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has all the hallmarks of this trope. That said, thanks to the EternalRecurrence that drives the series, [[spoiler:it's not actually Earth]].
* The ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' series is set in 2027, through to 2074. A lot of the technology is considered a standard affair by the characters (such as a freezing fire extinguisher and holograms), while others surprise even them, like the extraordinarily life robots and the ADAM machine. [[spoiler:In the case of the ''VirtuesLastReward'' cast, this is due to most of them not realizing it's currently 2074.]]
* ''VideoGame/HongKong97'' was released in 1995. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting It correctly predicted the year of Deng Xiaoping's death]].
* The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo and UsefulNotes/SuperNES game ''Super Baseball 2020'' was released in 1991 and predicted that we will have baseball with humans playing alongside robots in that year. That prediction may prove to not be that far off.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' with the main series. The first game which was released first in 2001 in Japan and 2005 everywhere else takes place in 2016. With the [[VisuaNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney fourth game]] there was a seven year leap from 2019 to 2026, and now the latest game, [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]] takes place in 2028. Generally the technology in the early games fitted that of the time of the game's release, however the last few games have begun implementing bits and pieces of casual futuristic technology. This includes holograms, robots with pretty advanced A.I, and computer programs that can replicate investigations. Certain out of game material also seems to suggest thathousehold robots are commercially available.
* While the plotline of ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' begins in late October of 2017, the game was released in February 2017.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Landon Porter's Literature/{{The Descendants}} takes place in the 2070s.
* The original ''Webcomic/UmlautHouse'' takes place in 2020 (the strip having begun in 2000); the sequel takes place about twenty years later. The original sees only a few {{Unobtanium}} gadgets, which the sequel takes a ''lot'' farther.
* In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', the rather messy dating of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is avoided by the use of 200X, typically on the cover of "The American Journal of Inaccurate Genetics", or just plain covered up, like [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=121 this.]]
* ''Webcomic/RonPlanet'', by the creators of WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, puts a unique twist on the concept by taking place in a near-future like our own time, except that humanity has completely given up on space exploration. Rather than being a high-tech future or a CrapsackWorld, it is disappointingly realistic. The plot revolves around the world's last astronaut, Ron Planet, who does freelance work (hey, somebody's got to maintain all those satellites).
* ''Venus Ascending'' is set early in the life of an interstellar space program, which is apparently near enough to star the high school cast of the [[WebcomicTime rolling-present]] ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' in their twenties.
* ''Webcomic/DieselSweeties'' and ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' seem to be set in the present day, except for fully-functioning AI robots as members of society.
** In the latter, TheSingularity has also happened. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1777 Maybe.]]
* The exact timeline of ''Webcomic/ZombieRanch'' been kept deliberately vague (although references are made to the present day as a not-too-distant past), but a lot of the technology shown already exists in some form or is in development. There's definitely some [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] at work, though, not only in the form of zombie-based miracle drugs but devices like the free floating camera drones.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shifters}}'' is set in the year 2034.
* Webcomic/OHumanStar takes place in 2021, with flashbacks to 2001.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' is a weird sort. We don't know how far in the future it takes place (it's very viable that it takes place ''centuries'' in the future), but they suffered a Second Dark Age in which all of their technology knowledge has been lost; ever since, they've been searching for the "advanced" artifacts of the past (our time) and attempting to learn from those. At the moment, their top-line technology is the steam engine and the phone. They've yet to re-discover the light bulb.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pilot}}'' takes place in the year 2025. Not much has changed, though AI and robots are now commonplace.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', while officially set in whatever the current year happened to be, was actually this. The technology, social mores, and general feel of the setting were never really matched with RealLife.
* ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras The Chronicles of Taras: Red Dementia]]'' is dated as being in the year 2009. But you wouldn't know it from the Volcanic Deserts, PostApocalyptic Ruined Buildings and hyper-advanced BioPunk and DieselPunk technologies drifting around..........
* The article presented in ''Literature/TheFirstRun'' was set on August 25, 2023.
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/2052 2052]] and [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/family-co-replacement-parent-user-guide Family Co. Replacement Parent User Guide]] from Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary both take place in [[CaptainObvious the year 2052]]. AI and mechanical implants are commonplace, the moon is colonized, India is suffering from “the worst war in human history”, and genetically modified “changelings” are denied the right to breed.
* [[http://www.futuretimeline.net/ FutureTimeline.net]] gives fairly specific and plausible predictions for the near future, getting less so the farther into the future you go.
* ''WebOriginal/LegendyPolskie'' are just that - fairy tales retold Twenty Minutes into the Future.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOldGreyHare'' is a 1944 WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon in which Bugs and Elmer are shown in the year 2000. The only actual wrong predictions are read in the newspaper, where "Smell-O-Vision" is announced to replace television and Music/BingCrosby (who died in 1977) and Carl Stalling (who died in 1972) are implied to still be alive.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', which is primarily UrbanFantasy, uses this to add some sci-fi elements to the plot. Though the world mostly resembles America in the late 1990s, there are a few Creator/WilliamGibson-esque {{MegaCorp}}s with everything from PoweredArmor to {{Cool Airship}}s to nanobots at their disposal.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is set fifty years into the future of the Franchise/{{DCAU}} ([[ComicBookTime counting from whenever the present presently is]]), and by then Neo-Gotham's a CyberPunk dystopia of human gene splicing, flying cars, {{Kill Sat}}s, [[{{Zeerust}} big, brick-like cell phones]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking night clubs that play]] [[CyberpunkIsTechno nothing but industrial techno]].
** Oh, and Bruce Wayne had retired 20 years before the events of the show, as shown in a prologue scene during the first episode. Aside from Bruce being older and wearing a new batsuit, hardly anything else looks any different from the 'modern' Gotham City during this sequence.
** Meanwhile, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' has huge space stations with artificial gravity, a KillSat, sentient robots and lasers. Having people like ComicBook/LexLuthor and other {{mad scientist}}s around probably helps, as well as reverse-engineered alien technology.
** Widespread AI, which is the premise behind ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' spin-off, which shows more of the ''Batman Beyond'' world outside of Gotham.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' episode "Artifacts" is like this, as well as being one big MythologyGag dedicated to ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'', in the two-part episode entitled "A Man From Next Thursday." The Ripping Friends' city, Ripcot, is said to be so advanced that it exists in "next Tuesday." The villain, Thursday Man, comes from the highly futuristic world of "next Thursday."
* Made fun of in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode 31, "Prehistoric Ice Man". The episode was about a man who had been frozen 32 months earlier who was thawed and supposedly had trouble adjusting to the 'future', so Dr. Mephisto locks him in an enclosure in his lab where everything is made to look like a permanent 1996 (the episode aired in '99), and the mid-1990s are spoken of as a strange, bygone era, with extremely specific things from '96 apparently having already been forgotten. In fact, in an in-universe example of RealityIsUnrealistic, it's everyone else who has trouble adjusting to ''him'', since none of them can understand what he's saying - even though he's speaking English too - because they assume that since he's an "ice man", he ''has'' to be speaking some primitive Neanderthal tongue. (Stan even gives him the name "Gorak.")
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E19LisasWedding Lisa's Wedding]]" features a look at the year 2010, which was at the time of the episode's airing 15 years into the future. The changes are a bit hard to detail, but perhaps the funniest change is that [[EyepatchAfterTimeskip Moe now has an eyepatch]], and when he says to Hugh (Lisa's fiancée) that the Americans saved the British's "arse" back in WWII, Hugh retorts, "we saved your arse in WorldWarThree." And Big Ben is a digital clock that nobody has figured out how to set (i.e. it still blinks 12:00).
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/StewieGriffinTheUntoldStory'', where present-Stewie and future-Stewie travel 30 years to the future and present-Stewie remarks that nothing seems different. Future-Stewie replies "Well, it's been only thirty years". They ''do'' have time-tourism, and present-Stewie expected to be emperor of the world by that time. Presumably he'd have made some changes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''. It takes place in 2062 (100 years from the day of the show's launch). This was parodied in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', where the Jetsons came from the year 2002 to the distant past of 2004. In the Jetsons' time, they use punch cards, got meals from instant devices, and have huge personal communicators.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' and the third season of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the 1986 cartoon]] are set in the early 21st century (in the far-off year 2005). It is roughly 20 years after the original series just far enough forward for Spike to have grown up and had a son. Likewise, ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' is set just long enough after ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' for the human characters to have grown up. Does anyone remember having cars like those, wearing pimped-out space suits (whilst still on Earth), the government setting up a publicly known organization to counter alien threats, building space-craft capable of traveling entire galaxies away or riding around on their hoverboards? To be fair though, much of the technological achievements present in that universe could be chalked up to having the Autobots sharing Cybertronian technology with us if you wanna provide an excuse.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' universe contains hovercars, teleporters, and all sorts of futuristic technologies... all while NASA is still relying on Martian rovers, humanity is still completely unaware of any life in the universe, and only about 5% of the vehicles on Earth can fly. The rest are basically stylized cars.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. It's still set in the present day, but there is futuristic tech, like robots and personal hovercraft, and prototypes like the Parapower Ray Gun. Overlaps with ZeeRust since you can tell by the dated aesthetic, but a lot of the tech featured is still in use or hasn't been made yet, such as the walkie-talkie that basically allows two-way video conferencing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** The show pokes fun at this on occasion, in the fact that it takes place 1000 years later, thus the CouchGag in the opening title claimed "YOU CAN'T PROVE IT WON'T HAPPEN!". In the first episode, Suicide Booths also had printed on them "since 2008".
** Cultural trends seem to repeat themselves exactly 1000 years later, mostly so the writers can make fun of current events and fads. This extends beyond the timeframe the show is set in, as silent holograms are a thing of the past and the Professor is shown to have gone through a disco phase and, earlier, a hippy phase. In the pilot, it is also shown that a medieval society arose at some point while Fry was frozen and given URL's line [[Film/PulpFiction "I'm going to get 24th-century on his ass,"]] this probably was also offset by 1000 years.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' takes place in a setting where {{nan|oMachines}}ites are so advanced that they can easily rewrite a person's DNA. The show also featured a working space elevator, flying transports that use anti-gravity to stay in the air, and a cold fusion reactor.
* The setting of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''. The show it parodies, ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2020}}'', arguably suffered worse from the trope because it took itself seriously.
* ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6TheSeries'' shows more of the differences between the 2030s and the 2010s. Fashions, slang, and the general atmosphere don't seem different from the 2010s, however they have robots that can turn into frisbies for one. At the same time, everyone still uses touchscreen tablets.