List of stories set in a future now past
This is a list of fictional stories that, when written, were set in the future, but the future they predicted has now passed. The list excludes works that were alternate histories, which were composed after the dates they depict. The list also excludes contemporary or near-future works (e.g. set within a year or two), unless it deals with some notable futuristic event as with the 2012 phenomenon. It also excludes works where the future is passively mentioned and not really depicting anything notable about the society as with an epilogue that just focuses on the fate of the main characters. Entries referencing the current year may be added if their month and day were not specified or have already occurred.
|Work||Form||Year of publication/
|1. April 2000||Film||1952||2000||Depicts Austria as still being closely watched over by the Allies, even 55 years after the defeat of the Axis Powers in World War II.|
|"11:59" (from Star Trek: Voyager)||Television series episode||1999||2000–2001 and 2012||This episode predicted that the Y2K bug would not turn off "a single lightbulb." The Millennium Gate, a self-contained biosphere, was completed in 2012.|
|1984||Novel||1949||1984||Set in a dystopian future in which totalitarian superstates exist in a state of perpetual war. Refers to several dates throughout the latter 20th century. Adapted into several media, including twice for film; once in 1956 and once in 1984.|
|1985 (Anthony Burgess novel)||Novel||1978||1985||Written at a time when trade unions in the United Kingdom had reached a peak of power prior to the union-breaking policies of Margaret Thatcher, it predicts a 1985 in which the UK is completely in thrall to unions, and unions exist for every conceivable profession.|
|1990||TV series||1977–1978||1983–1990||In 1990, the United Kingdom is ruled by a bureaucratic dictatorship. It came to power in 1983 after the country went bankrupt. The Magna Carta, the Constitution and habeas corpus were "thrown out." There was a failed coup to overthrow the regime in 1986. The British currency is the Anglodollar. The government is attempting to curb population. The House of Commons has only 400 MPs and only 20% of the population voted in the last general election. The House of Lords was abolished and converted into a dining club, the Leaders' Club, for the regime's leaders. By this time, the UK has a king. There were major riots in 1985 as a result of 18,000 houses being demolished and ghettos being established in their place. The Isle of Man declared independence prior to 1990. At this time, the United States had its own equivalent of the National Health Service. The series correctly predicted that parliamentary speeches would be televised by 1990.|
|1990: The Bronx Warriors||Film||1982||1990||Similar to Escape From New York, depicts a portion of New York sealed off from the rest of the city and handed over to street gangs. The sequel Escape from the Bronx is set sometime after this and was released in 1983.|
|"1996" (from Screen One)||Television series episode||1989||1996||In 1996, there is widespread terrorism and civil disobedience in Britain.|
|2001: A Space Odyssey||Film, novel||1968||2001 (and other eras)||Depicts a turn of the 21st century in which space travel is routine, the Moon has been colonised and artificial intelligence has reached superhuman levels. HAL 9000 is activated in 1992 (film) or 1997 (novelization). Predicted digital newspapers/the newspad.|
|2010||Film||1984||2010||Sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey film. The US is about to go to war with the Soviet Union. The film correctly predicted that the 2008 Summer Olympics would be held in Beijing.|
|"2010" (from Stargate SG-1 season 4)||TV series episode||2001||2010||Depicted an alternate near-future for the show's universe.|
|2010: Odyssey Two||Novel||1982||2010||Sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey book.|
|2012||Film||2009||2012||See also: 2012 phenomenon.|
|2012: Ice Age||Film||2011||2012||See also: 2012 phenomenon.|
|2012: Supernova||Film||2009||2012||See also: 2012 phenomenon.|
|20th Century Boys||Manga||1999–2006||2014–2015||The second major part of the story occurs in 2014–15 where society has become a dystopia ruled by the Friend Democratic Party. The live-action film series sets some of its events in 2015.|
|Absolon||Film||2003||2010||In 2010, a virus wiped out half of Earth's population.|
|The Absolute at Large||Novel||1922||1943||A reactor is invented that can annihilate matter to produce cheap and abundant energy. Unfortunately, it produces something else as a by-product, the Absolute. This leads to an outburst of religious and nationalist fervor, causing the greatest, most global war in history. Some of the more prominent political changes the war causes include expulsion of the Russian army to Africa (via Europe) by the Chinese invasion, the conquest of East Asia by Japan that cuts the Chinese conquests in Russia and Europe down to the limits of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Japanese conquest of North America. The latter happened because the United States were exhausted by a bloody civil war between the supporters and opponents of the Prohibition.|
|The Abyss||Film||1989||1994||Set in a submersible drilling platform.|
|Acción mutante||Film||1993||2012||A dystopian future in which the beautiful rule and the disabled become terrorists.|
|Action Comics #396–397||Comic||1971||1980s–1990s||In the 1980s, there was a manned mission to Saturn. In the 1990s, the US National Sea Frontier Project established a giant marine laboratory on the ocean floor. By this time, flying cars were common. Climate control resulted in the Arctic being defrosted. Construction workers were equipped with anti-gravity pulse rays to move heavy objects. Banks had bulletproof glass cages which could be erected to prevent robbers escaping. Lampposts were equipped with automatic fire sensors which alerted the fire department, which used hovercraft that shot out fireproof foam. Ships had flotation collars which could keep them adrift in the event of an emergency. An instant fertilizer existed which allowed crops to grow in seconds.|
|Adrenalin: Fear the Rush||Film||1996||2007||Boston is quarantined after the outbreak of a deadly virus.|
|Aeon Flux||Film||2005||2011||A pathological virus kills 99% of the human population in 2011.|
|"Age of Peril" (from Tales of Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1952||1965||In 1965, lie detector results are the primary means of securing convictions.|
|Alien Nation||Film||1988||1991||Set in a world where aliens have landed in 1988 and are being integrated into society.|
|Alien Nation||TV Series||1989||1995||Based on the film of the same name. Aliens arrive in 1990. Also Alien Nation: Millennium|
|Alien Soldier||Video game||1995||2015||In 2015, "A-Humans" live on "A-Earth" and create superintelligent cyborgs.|
|Americathon||Film||1979||1998||The US federal government is bankrupt and holds a telethon to avoid foreclosure and return to its original owners. The film accurately predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union.|
|Amerika||Television miniseries||1987||1997||By 1997, the United States has been occupied by the Soviet Union for ten years.|
|The Angel of the Revolution||Novel||1893||1903-1904||On September 3, 1903, Richard Arnold became the first person to fly in a heavier-than-air aircraft. The Brotherhood of Freedom, an association of anarchists, socialists and nihilists, established a Pax Aeronautica over Earth using these aircraft.|
|An Anglo-American Alliance||Novel||1906||1960||In 1960, the United States and the British Empire are the world's major colonial powers. Technological advances include prenatal sex discernment, suspended animation and a cure for laziness.|
|Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny||Novel||1889||2000||In 2000, female suffrage has been achieved throughout the British Empire, which has become an Imperial Federation. Ireland has become an independent state. As a result of Emperor Albert's refusal to marry the daughter of the US President, war breaks out between the Federated British Empire and the US. The Empire wins the war and the defeated US is reabsorbed into the Empire.|
|"The Answer"||Short story||1959||1969||In 1969, a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union devastated the entire Northern Hemisphere.|
|The Apple||Film||1980||1994||The Rapture occurs in 1994. The planet is run by the music industry.|
|Arc Light||Novel||1994||1999||In 1999, Russia and China are at war for control of Eastern Siberia and North Korea invades the Demilitarized Zone. Russia launches a nuclear strike at the United States, which retaliates, and World War III begins.|
|"Armageddon 1970" (from Imagination)||Novella||1952||1959–1970||In 1959, a handgun called a grenade pistol was invented. Prior to 1960, the first artificial satellite Albertus, named after Albert Einstein, was launched by the United States. In 1960, the Soviet Union collapsed due to the internal causes precipitated by the launching of Albertus. An "almost Carthaginian peace" was imposed on Argentina after it dropped an atomic bomb on London. By 1970, the United States held unrivaled power among the other nations of the world to the point that there was little possibility of another country successfully attacking or sabotaging the US.|
|Armageddon 2001||Comic||1991||2001||In 2001, Earth is ruled by an oppressive tyrant named Monarch, a former hero who became evil and killed all of his comrades.|
|Assassin's Creed||Video game||2007||2012||See also: 2012 phenomenon.|
|Assassin's Creed II||Video game||2009||2012||See also: 2012 phenomenon. Assassin's Creed III was released in 2012.|
|Astro Boy||Manga||1952–1968||2003||Celebrations were held in Japan for Astro Boy's birthday of April 7, 2003.|
|The Astronauts||Novel||1951||2003||By 2003, Communism has emerged as the worldwide form of government. Humanity is engaged in numerous gigantic engineering projects such as the irrigation of the Sahara, the construction of a hydro-energetic plant over the Strait of Gibraltar, climate control and the thawing the Antarctic and the Arctic.|
|Atomic Knight||Comic||1960–1964||1986–1992||Initially set in a post-apocalyptic United States following a nuclear war which broke out on October 9, 1986. The war wiped out most of humanity and destroyed the majority of plants and animals. The radiation caused dogs to significantly grow in size which led to them being used as steeds.|
|Back to the Future Part II||Film||1989||2015||October 21, 2015, the "future" date arrived at in the film, was celebrated as "Back to the Future Day".|
|Barb Wire||Film||1996||2017||Predicts a second American Civil War in 2017.|
|Battlefield (from Doctor Who)||Television series episode||1989||1997||By 1997, the United Kingdom had a king.|
|Battlefield 3||Video game||2011||2014||Takes place during the "War of 2014" in the Iran-Iraq area.|
|Battle for the Planet of the Apes||Film||1973||c. 2001||A nuclear war took place between 1991 and the "turn of the 21st century."|
|Battle in Outer Space||Film||1959||1965||Depicts a terrestrial counter-attack against invading mind-controlling aliens from the Moon.|
|The Battle of Dorking||Short story||1871||~1875, ~1925||Depicts an invasion of Britain by Germany. Set a short but undetermined amount of time after the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), but narrated by a veteran 50 years afterwards. Established the invasion literature genre and predicted a Civil War in an independent Ireland.|
|Berlin Without Jews||Novel||1925||1920s–1930s||A dystopian novel prophesying in uncanny detail Hitler's rise to power and the subsequent implementation of anti-Jewish laws, rendering the German capital emptied of its Jews.|
|Bicentennial Man||Film||1999||2005||The android robot "Andrew" is brought online on April 3, 2005.|
|The Black Cloud||Novel||1957||1964||Earth is "invaded" by a giant, sentient black interstellar cloud.|
|"Black Easter" (from Screen Two)||Television series episode||1995||2000||In 2000, a civil war in Russia results in a vast migration of refugees to Western Europe.|
|"The Blessington Method" (from Alfred Hitchcock Presents)||Television series episode||1959||1980||By 1980, life expectancy has significantly increased.|
|Blue Comet SPT Layzner||Anime series||1985-1986||1996||By 1996, the Cold War has intensified and nuclear tensions loom. At this time, both the United States and the Soviet Union have bases on the Moon and Mars.|
|Bombshell||Film||1997||2011||Nano-engines as a potential cure for cancer. Bombs are inserted into people as kidney transplants.|
|Brick Mansions||Film||2014||2018||A district of Detroit is sealed off to protect the city from criminals. Same director and concept as District 13.|
|The Broom of the System||Novel||1987||1990||The "Great Ohio Desert" (G.O.D.) is constructed.|
|"Bright Eyes" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||1999|
|Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||TV series, film||1979||1987||Buck Rogers's spacecraft was frozen in May 1987, after which he was frozen and not revived until 2491. A nuclear war broke out in November 1987.|
|Bullet Witch||Video game||2006||2013||Post-apocalyptic world invaded by demons.|
|Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||Video game series||2007||2011||Modern Warfare is set in 2011, Modern Warfare 2 is set five years later in 2016 and Modern Warfare 3 is set in 2016 with its final mission taking place on January 21, 2017.|
|Carrie||Novel||1974||1979–1980||The prom takes place in May 1979. The story also includes excerpts from accounts published in 1980.|
|Cherry 2000||Film||1987||2017||In 2017, the United States has fragmented into post-apocalyptic wastelands. There are also sexbots.|
|Childhood's End||Novel||1953||c. 2000||Set in the late 20th century.|
|Cities in Flight||Novel||1956||2013-2018||By 2013, civil liberties in the West have been severely eroded due to the Cold War, coming to resemble the Soviet model.|
|Class of 1999||Film||1990||1999||In 1999, the inner cities have become unpoliceable "free fire zones" and military androids are assigned as schoolteachers. The sequel, Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994), is also set in 1999.|
|A Clockwork Orange||Novel||1962||1970||Juvenile delinquency is countered by extreme aversion therapy. The film adaptation was released in 1971.|
|"The Collapse of '98" (from My Life and Times)||Television series episode||1991||1998||In 1998, the US economy collapsed. There are fifty million people employed in the United States.|
|Code 18||Video game||2011||2018||By 2018, personal jet packs and time travel are routine.|
|Comrade Dad||TV series||1984–1986||1999||In 1999, the United Kingdom is a Communist state, having been invaded by the Soviet Union several years earlier. London has been renamed "Londongrad."|
|The Conduit||Video game||2007||2012|
|Conquest of the Planet of the Apes||Film||1972||1983 and 1991||A plague from space killed every dog and cat on Earth in 1983 which led to apes being domesticated and eventually turned into slaves. This in turn led to Caesar's revolution against humanity in 1991.|
|Cosmic Voyage||Film||1936||1946||In 1946, the Soviet space program succeeds in launching the first manned mission to the Moon.|
|Creepozoids||Film||1987||1998||Post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, six years after a nuclear war.|
|"Cricket" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||1997|
|"Crimes" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||2002|
|Crimes of the Future||Film||1970||1997||Cosmetic products have wiped out all sexually mature women on Earth. Men engage in body horror and paedophilia.|
|Damaged Goods (from Doctor Who)||Novel||1996||2014||On November 11, 2014, blood tests for HIV became compulsory in the United Kingdom.|
|Dan Dare (original stories)||Comic||1950s||The late 1990s||Depicts an interplanetary war between Earth and Venus.|
|"Dance of the Dead" (from Masters of Horror)||Television series episode||2005||2008||In 2008, terrorists developed a biological weapon called "Blizz". They used this weapon in local weather patterns in the United States.|
|Day of the Cheetah||Novel||1989||1996||In 1996, United States Air Force pilot Kenneth Francis James is actually a Soviet KGB deep-cover agent assigned to the US High-Technology Aerospace Weapons Center (HAWC) at Groom Lake. James hijacks the fighter, causing Patrick McLanahan and the rest of the HAWC crew to try to recover or destroy the plane before it reaches the Soviet Union.|
|Days of Future Past||Comics Storyline||1980||2013||The storyline alternates between the present year of 1980 and the then future year of 2013.
In the future, Sentinels rule a dystopian United States, where mutants are hunted and placed in internment camps. Having conquered North America and exterminated or captured all mutants and superhumans, the Sentinels are turning their attention to the rest of the world. On the eve of a feared nuclear holocaust, the few remaining X-Men send Kitty Pryde's mind backward through time, to possess the body of her younger-self and to prevent the pivotal event in mutant–human history that created this: the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by Mystique's newly reassembled Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
|Dead End Drive-In||Film||1986||1995||Predicts the collapse of the global economy and the forced segregation of the unemployed.|
|Death Machine||Film||1994||2003||Cyborg super-soldier and mechanical Warbeast.|
|Death Race||Film||2008||2012||Remake of Death Race 2000 set in a private prison.|
|Death Race 2000||Film||1975||1979–2000||Predicts the collapse of the U.S. economy in 1979. The remaining form of the entertainment is a transcontinental car race where innocent bystanders can be hit and killed for points.|
|"Death Ship" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1963||1997||By 1997, Earth ships are exploring planets to see if they are suitable for colonization.|
|Deep Trouble||Radio series||2005–2007||2012|
|Demolition Man||Film||1993||1996||Main characters are cryogenically frozen from 1996 and wake up in 2032. Also predicted a "Great Earthquake" in 2010 that merged parts of Southern California.|
|Deterrence||Film||1999||2008||Colin Powell is a former US President in 2008. In that year, Uday Hussein, the leader of Iraq, invaded Kuwait.|
|Destroy All Monsters||Film||1968||1999||Initially "the close of the 20th century" in the Japanese version, 1999 in the subsequent English-dubbed version.|
|Dino Crisis||Video game||1999||2009||A science experiment creates a rift in time that unleashes dinosaurs into the modern era.|
|District 13||Film||2004||2010||A district in Paris is walled off from the rest of the city.|
|District 13: Ultimatum||Film||2009||2013||Sequel to District 13.|
|Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?||Novel||1968||1992||2021 in later editions. The inspiration for the film Blade Runner. Set in a post-nuclear future in which synthetic humans are employed as slave labour.|
|Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb||Novel||1964||1972, 1981 and 1988||A future history of the world, focused on northern California, following a series of nuclear events of uncertain provenance. The world has descended into a post-apocalyptic dystopia in which mutations are common, animals have evolved into higher intelligences and psychokenesis exists.|
|Doctor Who||Television film||1996||1999–2000||The Doctor travels to December 30, 1999. The film is set between December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000.|
|Doomsday Plus Twelve||Novel||1984||1988–2000||In 1988, an incident in Saudi Arabia leads to nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. 120 million Americans are killed in the war.|
|The Door into Summer||Novel||1957||1970, 2000 and 2001||World War III broke out prior to 1970 with the United States eventually emerging as the victor. During the war, Washington, D.C., was destroyed and the capital was moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1970, household robots and the use of suspended animation are common.|
|Double Dragon||Film||1994||2007||An earthquake levels Los Angeles in 2000.|
|Duke Nukem 3D||Video game||1996||2007||Set in the early 21st century. Calendars in-game suggest October–December 2007.|
|"Dwellers in Silence" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1951||1987–2007||An adaptation of the 1948 short story by Ray Bradbury. On June 18, 1987, Earth was evacuated due to the fallout from a nuclear war. Humanity settled on Mars. By 2007, consideration was being given to repopulating Earth.|
|Earth Abides||Novel||1949||1971||The book opens in the then contemporary period, in which a measles-like disease has wiped out most of the Earth's population. The second section, "The Year 22", takes place 22 years later in which a primitive community is being forged in Berkeley, California. The final section is set in an indeterminate future date, in which the protagonist of the novel, a college student at the beginning, is elderly.|
|Earthbound||Video game||1995||199X||A woman who lends a map to the protagonist, Ness, tells him to "Come back in the year 2001 to return it."|
|Earth Defense Force 2017||Video game||2006||2017||In 2013, radio signals from space indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Four years later, aliens invade.|
|Earth Revisited||Novel||1893||1992||In 1992, the United States of America and the United States of Europe dominate world affairs and there are no more wars. The city of Columbia, formerly New York, is cleaner, better organized, more peaceful, healthier and generally better than before. Electrification (generated by solar power) and mechanization have brought widespread prosperity and the extremes of wealth and poverty have been levelled. Government has assumed more responsibility: all land is owned by the state and people lease the sites of their palatial houses.|
|"Easter 2016" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||2016||The centenary of the Easter Rising heightens the sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland's only integrated teacher training college.|
|The Eight Truths (from Doctor Who)||Audio drama||2009||2015||In 2015, a doomsday cult prophesies the coming of a rebel sun.|
|"Elegy" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1960||1985||Much of the Earth was destroyed by a nuclear war in 1985.|
|"The End" (from Second Chance)||Television series episode||1987||2011||This episode correctly predicted that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi would die from multiple gunshot wounds in 2011.|
|"The End" (from Supernatural)||Television series episode||2009||2014||Dean Winchester is sent five years forward in time to 2014 to find the world devastated by the Croatoan virus.|
|"The End of the World" (from Roswell)||Television series episode||2000||2014|
|The Enemy of the World (from Doctor Who)||Television series episode||1967–1968||2018||In 2018, Earth is being ravaged by earthquakes and floods, causing widespread famine. Overpopulation exacerbates the problem. By this time, Earth is politically divided into zones overseen by the World Zone Authority, a successor to the United Nations.|
|"Enoch Soames"||Short story||1916||1997||By 1997, most words in the English language are spelled phonetically and many of them are pronounced differently than they were in 1897.|
|Eon||Novel||1985||2005||In 2005, the US and USSR are on the brink of nuclear war.|
|Escape from L.A.||Film||1996||2013||The film predicts a massive earthquake that floods the San Fernando Valley in 2000, rendering Los Angeles an island.|
|Escape from Mars||Television film||1999||2015–2016||The first manned mission to Mars is launched on June 4, 2015.|
|Escape from New York||Film||1981||1997||Predicts a 400% rise in crime rate in 1988, prompting the remaking of Manhattan Island into a nationwide maximum security prison with no guards. In reality, crime rates in the US peaked in the film's release year of 1981, were about 20% lower in 1997 and have continued to drop ever since.|
|"Essence of Life" (from The Outer Limits)||Television series episode||1999||2014||In 2014, Earth is struggling to rebuild after a devastating plague.|
|Eternity Weeps (from Doctor Who)||Novel||1997||2003||In 2003, there is a colony on the Moon, there are border skirmishes between Turkey and Iran and Bruce Springsteen is the US President.|
|Ever 17: The Out of Infinity||Video game||2002||2017||A cure for aging has been developed and a deadly virus outbreak occurs.|
|Fahrenheit||Video game||2005||2009||Also known as Indigo Prophecy in North America. Refers to the 2012 phenomenon and indigo children.|
|Fahrenheit 451||Novel||1953||After 1960||Early editions listed some time after 1960. Later editions showed after 1990 or 2022, where they started and won two atomic wars. Predicted regular use of earbud headphones, interactive television, video wall screens, robotic bank tellers, the demise of newspapers and the prevalent use of factoids. Also had the Mechanical Hound and technology for complete blood transfusions.|
|"Fast Forward" (from The Flash)||Television series episode||1991||2001||The Flash (Barry Allen) is accidentally sent ten years forward in time to March 3, 2001.|
|"Fear Her" (from Doctor Who)||Television series episode||2006||2012||This episode takes place during the 2012 Summer Olympics.|
|The Fire Next Time||Television miniseries||1993||2017||In 2017, the greenhouse effect and global warming have resulted in widespread droughts, floods, hurricanes and the outbreak of fires which have wreaked devastation over Earth.|
|Firebird 2015 AD||Film||1981||2015||By 2015, public ownership of motor vehicles and gasoline is punishable by summary execution.|
|First Spaceship on Venus||Film||1960||1985||The Gobi Desert is irrigated in 1985.|
|Fist of the North Star||Manga||1983–1988||199X||Mad Max-inspired post-nuclear wasteland in which superpowered martial artists fight each other for dominance. The world is described as having been devastated by a series of nuclear wars in the 1990s.|
|Flashforward||Novel||1999||2009||The novel correctly predicted that the Large Hadron Collider would be operational by 2009 and that a pope named Benedict XVI would be in office in that year.|
|Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said||Novel||1974||1988||In 1988, the United States is a fascist police state following a Second Civil War. The black population is nearly extinct and personal aircraft are common.|
|The Flying Torpedo||Film||1916||1921||In 1921, foreign spies steal a radio controlled flying bomb and plan to use it to attack the United States as a prelude to invasion.|
|For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs||Novel||1939||1940–1970||Published in 2003. The novel correctly predicted that Adolf Hitler would commit suicide after his plans of conquest were defeated.|
|The Forge of God||Novel||1987||1996||An alien race destroys the Earth, but a small fragment of humanity are preserved by another alien race.|
|Fortress||Film||1992||2017||The US limits families to only one child.|
|The Fourth Protocol||Novel||1984||1986–1987||Correctly predicted that Margaret Thatcher would call a General Election in the United Kingdom in June 1987.|
|"Franchise"||Short story||1955||2008||In 2008, the US President is elected via means of a computer, which calculates and determines the most suitable candidate for the post.|
|Frankenstein 1970||Film||1958||1970||The monster is created using an atomic reactor.|
|Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare||Film||1991||1999||Set a decade after the previous film, which was released in 1989.|
|Freejack||Film||1992||2009||The main characters travel forward in time to November 2009. Time travel is commonplace and criminals travel back in time to kidnap victims for organ harvesting.|
|Frozen Time (from Doctor Who)||Audio drama||2007||2012|
|Futurama||Exhibit||1939||1959||Predicted an automated highway system.|
|Future of a New China||Novel||1902||1903–1962||In 1962, China is a utopia, a world power, wealthy, Confucian and a constitutional monarchy.|
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|Television series episode||2005||2013||By 2013, underwater homes and 3D holographic recording is possible.|
|Future Boy Conan||Anime series||1978||2008||In July 2008, the Earth's continents are violently torn apart by a nuclear war, sinking most of them under the sea.|
|Future Schlock||Film||1984||1990||As a result of the class wars in 1990, the middle class has mandated that people be middling or dull. Non-conformists are imprisoned in the inner city ghetto.|
|Futureworld||Film||1976||1985||Sequel to Westworld and also set mainly in a theme park filled with androids.|
|Genesis II||Telemovie||1973||1979||The movie opens in 1979, with the main character entering suspended animation. The bulk of the film (and the subsequent series, if it had been picked up) takes place in 2133.|
|"Gettysburg" (from The Outer Limits)||Television series episode||2000||2013||This episode correctly predicted that the first African-American President of the United States would be in office in 2013.|
|Give Me Liberty||Comic||1990||1995–2012||Martha Washington is born on March 11, 1995.|
|The Golden Book of Springfield||Novel||1920||2018||In 2018, the residents of Springfield, Illinois are working to transform the city into a utopian paradise.|
|Golf in the Year 2000||Novel||1892||2000||A man falls asleep in 1892 and wakes up in the year 2000. Trains are supersonic and golf and politics are the only activities not yet dominated by masculinized women.|
|Gorath||Film||1962||1976–1982||In 1979, a manned spacecraft reaches Saturn. In 1980, scientists invent nuclear jet engines to attempt to move Earth away from a runaway planet on a collision course with it.|
|Grand Theft Auto 2||Video game||1999||2013|
|The Great Air Robbery||Film||1919||1925||Depicts air pirates.|
|The Great War in England in 1897||Novel||1894||1897||In 1897, France and Russia invade Britain and make several early advances, but the tide is turned when Germany comes to Britain's aid.|
|The Guardians||Television series||1971||1980s||Following economic chaos in the 1980s, democratic government in the United Kingdom has been overthrown in a bloodless coup, the Royal Family have fled into self-imposed exile and the UK is ruled autocratically by the Prime Minister Sir Timothy Hobson. Hobson is initially a pawn of 'the General': a military officer by the name of Roger, who later becomes Minister of Defence.|
|The Guns of the South||Novel||1992||2014||The plot involves a gang of white supremacists who travel back in time from 2014.|
|Half-Life||Video game||1998||2000s||A "resonance cascade" at a top secret laboratory opens a gateway to another universe.|
|Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man||Film||1991||1996||A new designer drug, crystal dream, is in common use.|
|"Hello Tomorrow" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||1991||In 1991, the Third Atomic War ended. The war left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable due to the high concentration of gamma rays in the atmosphere. The survivors moved underground and eventually established a civilization.|
|The Hidden II||Film||1993||2002|
|High Treason||Film||1929||1940/50||Concerns the threat of a Second World War between the "United States of Europe" and the "Empire of the Atlantic States".|
|Hong Kong 97||Film||1994||1997||Depicts the 1997 transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.|
|Hong Kong 97||Video game||1995||1997||Set during the 1997 transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong. The game predicted that Deng Xiaoping would die in 1997, which came true.|
|Hunter Hunted||Video game||1996||2015||The world has been invaded, the human race exterminated and the survivors enslaved and forced to fight other captive aliens.|
|"Hyperpilosity"||Short story||1938||1971||In the Great Change of 1971, a virus infects humanity that causes everyone to grow fur all over their bodies.|
|I Am Legend||Novel||1954||1976–1979||A deadly virus outbreak in 1975 transforms all but one of the human race into vampires.|
|I Am Legend||Film||2007||2012||The film predicted an outbreak of a re-engineered measles virus in 2009 that kills 94% of the populace and mutates 5% into Darkseekers. Also predicted a Batman vs. Superman film.|
|"I, James Blunt"||Short story||1942||1944–1945||The United Kingdom is occupied by Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945. St Paul's Cathedral is razed to make room for a Nazi Party headquarters and guerrilla warfare and any potential dissidence is suppressed through heavy policing.|
|Iceberg (from Doctor Who)||Novel||1993||1994–2006||The tenth planet Cassius is discovered in 1994. Earth's magnetic field reverses its polarity in 2006.|
|"The Illusion of Truth" (from Babylon 5)||Television series episode||1997||2018||In 2018, the first permanent lunar colony was established in the Sea of Tranquility.|
|Infinite Jest||Novel||1996||c. 2002–2010||Starting sometime after 2001, each year is given a different sponsor name in a timeline called Subsidized Time, of which one of the years involves the year 2007. The story discusses about this going into the ninth year of this format.|
|In the Days of the Comet||Novel||1906||After 1906||A comet lands in 1906, spreading a green fog. Starting in Book II, the narrator wakes up to find a more peaceful and rational 20th century society.|
|Insatiability||Novel||1930||2000||In 2000, Poland is overrun by the army of the final Mongol conquest. The nation becomes enslaved to the Chinese leader Murti Bing.|
|In the Wet||Novel||1953||1983||Set partially in 1983 where a mixed-race Australian pilot assists a Royal Family who are unloved in a Socialist Britain.|
|Invasion!||Comic series||1977–1978||1990–1999||A fascist Russia invades Britain. The sequel series Savage, published from 2004 to the present, treats the events as alternate history.|
|The Invasion of 1910||Novel||1906||1910||In 1910, Germany launches an invasion of Britain. The German forces eventually reach London and occupy half the city. Although London is later liberated, the war is a stalemate as Germany has occupied Belgium and the Netherlands.|
|Invasion of the Sea||Novel||1905||1930s||In the 1930s, European engineers and their military escort seek to revive an actual 19th century proposal to flood the Sahara desert with waters from the Mediterranean Sea to create an inland "Sahara Sea" for both commercial and military purposes.|
|The Iron Heel||Novel||1908||1910–1932||By 1910, the Socialist Party of America has become a major national party. An Oligarchy arises in the US from 1912 to 1932. Japan conquers East Asia and creates its own empire, India gains independence and Europe becomes socialist. Canada, Mexico, and Cuba form their own Oligarchies and are aligned with the United States.|
|Iron Sky||Film||2012||2018||Takes place during the administration of a Sarah Palin-like US President. Nazis have been hiding out on the Moon.|
|I Spit on Your Rave||short film||2009||2018||A virus unleashed during the 2012 Summer Olympics initiates a zombie apocalypse.|
|It Can't Happen Here||Novel||1935||1936||Depicts Franklin Roosevelt's loss of the 1936 United States presidential election to a fascist populist.|
|It! The Terror from Beyond Space||Film||1958||1973||The first manned mission to Mars returns to Earth in this year.|
|The Jagged Orbit||Novel||1969||2014||Racial tension in the United States has reached such a point that racial enclaves now exist throughout the country and paranoia and unrest are stoked by arms dealers.|
|The Janus Conjunction (from Doctor Who)||Novel||1998||2011||San Francisco fell into the sea in 2011.|
|Jeremiah||Television series||2002–2004||2006||In 2006, a plague wiped out almost everyone over the age of thirteen.|
|"The Joining" (from The Outer Limits)||Television series episode||1998||2011–2012||Humanity has colonized Venus by 2011.|
|A Journey in Other Worlds||Novel||1894||2000||By 2000, the United States is a superpower spanning multiple continents. By this time, solar power, air travel and space travel are commonplace. The Arctic Ocean is being dammed and Earth's axial tilt is being adjusted.|
|Journey into Space||Radio series||1953–1958||1965–1972||The rocket Luna lands on the Moon on October 22, 1965 and the first moonwalk is broadcast to Earth over the radio. In April 1971, a mission to Mars is launched from the Moon.|
|Just Imagine||Film||1930||1980||In 1980, personal airplanes are common in New York City, people have numbers instead of names, the US government will only permit people to marry if they are compatible and babies are readily procurable from vending machines. A manned mission to Mars is also depicted.|
|Knight Rider 2000||Television film||1991||2000||In 2000, Dan Quayle is President of the United States. The United States and the United Kingdom are fighting a war, codenamed Operation Tropical Storm, over Bermuda. Conventional handguns have been banned, with law enforcement carrying non-lethal "stun" pistols. Nationwide budget changes have resulted in the adoption of cryonic suspension over standard incarceration for convicted criminals.|
|Knights of God||Television series||1987||2020||The Knights of God, a fascist and anti-Christian religious order, came to power in Britain during a brutal civil war in 2000.|
|"L.A. 2017" (from The Name of the Game)||Television series episode||1971||2017||After a worldwide ecological disaster, the population of Los Angeles moved underground due to the toxic atmosphere in 1989. In 2017, the United States is a police state with its capital in Detroit. It is run in the manner of a corporation with various vice presidents overseeing different parts of the country and a chairman in overall control. At this time, the US is at war with Britain over a jurisdictional issue.|
|Land of the Giants||TV series||1968||1983||By 1983, sub-orbital flights are established.|
|Last and First Men||Novel||1930||Before 2018||The Anglo-French War occurs within a century of World War I.|
|The Last Chase||Film||1981||2011||In 2011, the United States was a police state.|
|The Last Man on Earth||Film||1924||1950||A plague of "masculitis" leaves just one fertile man left alive in a world of women.|
|The Last Man on Earth||Film||1964||1968||An adaptation of I Am Legend.|
|Last Rights||Television miniseries||2005||2009||In 2009, voter apathy is at an all-time high in the United Kingdom, and a new right-wing political party, The Democratic Consensus Party has just been voted into office. Unbeknownst to the public, the DCP has a sinister hidden agenda to do away with democracy and turn the country into a police state.|
|The Lathe of Heaven||Novel||1971||1998–2002||Set in a dystopian future wracked by global warming and overpopulation. The main character can retroactively alter reality, creating alternate realities, so many of the novel's predictions are undone, including a nuclear war in 1998.|
|"Letters of Transit" (from Fringe)||Television series episode||2012||2015||Although most of the episode takes place in 2036, there is mention of a 2015 when the Observers took over the planet and initiated a purge of the populace.|
|Lifeforce||Film||1985||1986||The film depicts an alien invasion timed to the 1986 return of Halley's Comet.|
|"Lisa's Wedding" (from The Simpsons)||Television series episode||1995||2010||The episode depicts Big Ben as a digital clock that has not yet been properly set (i.e., it still shows 12:00). Emotional robots are common and car engines make the same sound as the flying cars in The Jetsons.|
|"A Logic Named Joe" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||1974||An adaptation of the 1946 short story by Murray Leinster. In 1974, networked personal computers known as logics can be found in almost every home.|
|"The Long Morrow" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1964||1987–1988||In 1988, the astronaut Commander Douglas Stansfield is sent on an exploratory mission to a planetary system roughly 141 light-years from Earth.|
|Looking Backward||Novel||1888||2000||In 2000, the United States is a socialist utopia. The novel predicted debit cards/credit cards and shopping malls.|
|The Long Watch||Short story||1949||1999||In 1999, an international organization known as the Space Patrol has custody of all Earth's remaining nuclear weapons. By this time, there is a moonbase.|
|Lord of the World||Novel||1907||1917-ca. 2000||Since the Labour Party took control of the British Government in 1917, the British Empire has been a single party state. The British Royal Family has been deposed, the House of Lords has been abolished, Oxford and Cambridge have been closed down and all their professors sent into internal exile in Ireland. The Anglican Communion was disestablished in 1929 and, like all forms of Protestantism, is almost extinct. The world now has only three main religious forces: Catholicism, Secular Humanism, and "the Eastern religions." The novel predicted widespread use of heavier-than-air craft.|
|Lost in Space||Television series||1965–1968||1997||Jupiter 2, the main ship of the series, was launched on October 16, 1997. By this time, Earth is severely overpopulated. The Robinsons were on a mission to colonize Alpha Centauri.|
|Make Room! Make Room!||Novel||1966||1999||The world is overpopulated at 7 billion people, with 35 million people in New York City alone. The inspiration for the film Soylent Green (1973).|
|Malevil||Novel||1974||The late 20th century||Set in a French castle during the outbreak of a nuclear war. Was made into a film in 1981.|
|"Man from 1997" (from Conflict)||Television series episode||1956||1997||By 1997, time travel is in common use. A librarian named B. O. Boyne from 1997 accidentally leaves an almanac from the future behind when he visits 1956.|
|Manhunter: New York||Video game||1988||2004||The world has been conquered by aliens.|
|The Man Who Rocked the Earth||Novel||1915||1916||In 1916, World War I had an even more devastating effect than before. Germany conquered Holland, Denmark and Switzerland, Italy annexed Dalmatia and the Trentino and a "Slav republic" was formed which was composed of Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Albania and Bulgaria. The United States remained neutral, as did the newly formed United States of South America which was composed of the Spanish speaking South American republics. The monarchs of Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom all voluntarily abdicated and those countries became republics.|
|The Man Who Sold The Moon||Novel||1951||1978||By 1978, the Moon has yet to be landed on and a self-described "robber baron" bluffs and schmoozes his way towards purchasing it, particularly through cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos and that the equatorial countries that the Moon passes over must have a claim to its land.|
|"Mars Is Heaven!"||Short story||1948||1960||In 1960, the third exploratory spaceship from Earth arrives on Mars. In the Dimension X radio adaptation in 1950, the first Earth ship XR-53 lands on Mars on April 20, 1987.|
|The Martian Chronicles||Short stories||1947–1950||1999–2026||Short stories about humans living on a terraformed Mars. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years, thus running from 2030 to 2057.|
|"The Martian Death March" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1951||1997||By 1997, humanity has colonized Mars.|
|Mega Man 2||Video game||1988||200X||By the 2000s, artificially intelligent robots are common.|
|Memoirs of the Twentieth Century||Novel||1733||1997–1998||Predicts the dominance of Catholicism in the 20th century. The novel correctly predicted that the Ottoman Empire would collapse in the 20th century and that a British monarch named George VI would reign during that century.|
|Men into Space||Television series||1959–1960||c. 1975–1985||The series was not set in a specific era, but clues throughout the scripts indicated that it took place in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, with the first moon landing somewhere around 1975.|
|Men Must Fight||Film||1933||1940||Predicts a Second World War between the United States and "Eurasia".|
|Metal Gear||Video game||1987||19XX||19XX is later identified as 1995.|
|Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake||Video game||1990||1999|||
|Metal Gear Solid||Video game||1998||2005||In 2005, terrorists seize control of the entire state of Alaska for its oil reserves.|
|Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance||Video game||2014||2018||Set in the same war-torn future as Guns of the Patriots.|
|Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||Video game||2001||2007–2009||The introduction mission is set in 2007, but the rest of the game is set in 2009.|
|Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots||Video game||2008||2014||Set nine years after the events of the original Metal Gear Solid and five years after Sons of Liberty.|
|México 2000||Film||1983||2000||By 2000, Mexico is a utopian society.|
|"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"||Song||1976||2017||In the story of this post-apocalyptic song by Billy Joel, a man moves to Miami after New York is devastated by a disaster in 2017.|
|"Millennium" (from My Life and Times)||Television series episode||1991||1999–2000||In 1999, there are numerous doomsday conspiracy theories that the world will end in 2000.|
|"The Mind of Simon Foster" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1989||1999||In 1999, the United States is experiencing a severe economic depression.|
|Mirrorman||Television series||1971–1972||1980||In 1980, an evil alien race known simply as the Invaders are about to take over the Earth, using assorted daikaiju (giant monsters) and other fiendish plots.|
|Moon Child||Film||2003||2014||Predicted collapse of Japan's economy where citizens have to move to China.|
|Moonbase 3||Television series||1973||2003||By 2003, five world powers have established colonies on the Moon: the United States (Moonbase 1), the Soviet Union (Moonbase 2), Europe (Moonbase 3), China (Moonbase 4) and Brazil (Moonbase 5). The European Moonbase 3 was established in 1995.|
|Moving the Mountain||Novel||1911||1920-1940||In 1920, the United States adopted a system of economics described as being "beyond Socialism", a strain of nationalism that answered all the questions posed by socialism without actually being socialist, renovating its society and culture. In 1940, the US is a country with no poverty or prostitution, "no labor problem – no color problem – no sex problem – almost no disease – very little accident – practically no fires," a place in which "the only kind of prison left is called a quarantine," where problems of deforestation and soil erosion are being remedied, and in which "no one needs to work over two hours a day and most people work four...."|
|NeoGeo Battle Coliseum||Video game||2005||2017|
|Neon Genesis Evangelion||Anime series||1995||2015||Followed by a clip show film, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and a direct film sequel, The End of Evangelion.|
|"The Neutral Zone" (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)||Television series episode||1988||1994||By 1994, cryonics had become very popular and a cryonic satellite was launched into Earth orbit.|
|News from Nowhere||Novel||1890||1952||In 1952, a violent revolution in the United Kingdom overthrew capitalism, which eventually resulted in the creation of a socialist utopia.|
|Night of Power||Novel||1985||1996||In 1996, there is a race war in New York City.|
|Night Probe!||Novel||1981||1989||In 1989, the world is in the throes of an energy crunch and the United States is on the brink of financial disaster.|
|Nineteen Ninety-Four||Radio series||1985||1994|
|The Ninja Warriors||Video game||1987||1993||In 1993, the US President declares martial law and himself dictator.|
|"No Contact" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||1962–1987||In 1962, Louis Thorson became the first man to walk on the Moon. By 1972, travel to the Moon and other planets in the Solar System was routine. By 1982, humanity was exploring other parts of the galaxy.|
|The Noah's Ark Principle||Film||1984||1997||In 1997, all weapons of mass destruction have been decommissioned. There is a European-American weather control space station FLORIDA ARKLAB in orbit of Earth.|
|"The Nuclear Family" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||1999||In 1999, the British government is on a nuclear war footing in the hope of advancing technological development.|
|"Number 12 Looks Just Like You" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1964||2000||Set in a world in which people can purchase their adult bodies, but everyone goes for a small number of popular options. Rod Serling opens the episode stating, "For want of a better estimate, let’s call it the year 2000".|
|The Old Grey Hare (from Looney Tunes)||Cartoon short||1944||2000||The Voice of God (Mel Blanc) transports Elmer Fudd through time to the (then) far-off future year of 2000, where both he and Bugs Bunny have advanced in age. The short also flashes back to Bugs and Elmer's babyhood.|
|"The Old Man in the Cave" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1963||1974||This episode takes place in 1974, ten years after the United States has been devastated by a nuclear war.|
|The Old New Land||Novel||1902||1923||By 1923, a Jewish state officially named the New Society has risen as European Jews have rediscovered and re-inhabited their Altneuland in the Land of Israel.|
|Omega Cop||Film||1990||1999||Society all-but collapses after Earth is devastated by a series of solar flares.|
|The Omega Man||Film||1971||1977||An adaptation of I Am Legend.|
|Omega Race||Video game||1981||2003||By 2003, space combat using lasers is routine.|
|On the Beach||Novel||1957||1963||The related 1959 film is set in 1964, and the related 2000 film is set in 2007.|
|"On Thursday We Leave For Home" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1963||1991||In 1991, people have begun to flee from Earth due to constantly-ravaging wars and colonize other planets in outer space.|
|"One Way to the Moon" (from The Time Tunnel)||Television series episode||1966||1978||The first manned mission to Mars is launched in 1978.|
|"The Outer Limit" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||1965||On April 10, 1965, the United States is testing a cosmic ray bomb which is many times more powerful than a nuclear bomb. By this time, 20 other countries have nuclear weaponry. Videophones called vidiscreens are widely used.|
|The Outward Urge||Novel||1959||1994–2194||A future history from 1994 to 2194 at 50 year intervals. Depicts a missile attack on a British space station in 1994.|
|Parasite||Film||1982||1992||Post-apocalyptic future in which Earth is run by a class called Merchants.|
|Paris in the Twentieth Century||Novel||1863||1960||Published 1994. Predicted gas-powered cars (and gas stations), fax machines, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, WMDs and many other things.|
|"Patient Zero" (from The Outer Limits)||Television series episode||2001||2015||By 2015, a devastating plague has wiped out more than three billion people worldwide.|
|Patlabor||OVA||1988–1989||1998–2002||The film adaptation, Patlabor: The Movie, is set in 1999.|
|The Peace Keepers||Video game||1993||2015||After the "economic wars" of 2011, the Deutschland Moldavia corporation rules most of the world.|
|The Phantom Planet||Film||1961||1980||The United States has bases on the moon.|
|Perry Rhodan, "The Third Power" story arc||Novel series||1961–1962||1971–1975|
|Philip Dru: Administrator||Novel||1912||1920–1935||Philip Dru leads the democratic western United States in the Second American Civil War against the plutocratic East. After becoming a benevolent dictator and an acclaimed leader, he steps down, having restored justice and democracy.|
|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney||Video game||2001||2016–2017||The DL-6 incident is set on 28 December 2001. The final case in the game, called Turnabout Goodbyes, takes place 15 years after that incident. This is the only time in the entire series that an exact date (showing the year) is officially shown. The DS exclusive case, called Rise from the Ashes, takes place in February 2017.|
|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All||Video game||2002||2017–2018||The game begins a few months after the end of the first game and the final case, called Farewell, My Turnabout takes place in March 2018.|
|"Pilot" (from Odyssey 5)||Television series episode||2002||2007||Earth is destroyed on August 7, 2007.|
|Pirates of 1920||Film||1911||1920||Depicts air pirates.|
|Plague 99||Novel||1989||1999||In 1999, the majority of the population of London is wiped out by a plague in a matter of weeks.|
|Policenauts||Video game||1994||2013||"Policenauts", astronauts with police training, are assigned to ensure the safety of Beyond Coast, mankind's first fully functional space colony.|
|The Postman||Film||1997||2013||Sixteen-plus years after unspecified apocalyptic events, American society has collapsed due to racially motivated attacks by a fanatical militia-like group, culminating in nuclear war and followed by plagues, that collectively left a huge impact on civilization and erased most technology.|
|"The Potters of Firsk" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||1992||By 1992, humanity has established colonies on other planets.|
|Predator 2||Film||1990||1997||Depicts a turf war between Jamaican and Colombian drug cartels in Los Angeles in 1997.|
|"Preview of the War We Do Not Want"||Novella||1951||1952–1960||World War III breaks out in May 10, 1952. After three years of fighting, the United Nations emerges victorious over the Soviet Union, which is subsequently occupied.|
|Prince of Darkness||Film||1987||1999||Characters in the present (1987) share a recurring dream which is a transmission from the future (1999).|
|Privilege||Film||1967||1970s||A rock singer becomes the figurehead of a fascist UK government.|
|Project: Lazarus (from Doctor Who)||Audio drama||2003||2004 and 2008|
|Project Moonbase||Film||1953||1970||People can live on the Moon.|
|Prophecies of Nostradamus||Film||1974||1999||Examines an interpretation of the prophecies of Nostradamus; in particular Quatrian 10–72: "In the year 1999 and seven months from the skies will come the great king of terror".|
|Psychic Force and Psychic Force 2012||Video game||1995, 1998||2010, 2012||Set in a future where "phychiccers" are shunned by normal humans.|
|The Psychotechnic League||Novel series||1949–1957||1958||Future history series by Poul Anderson concerning the world rebuilding itself after a nuclear conflict in 1958.|
|The Puma Blues||Comic series||1986–1989||1995–2002||Predicted a nuclear detonation in 1995. Time skip in issue #21 to 2002.|
|The Puppet Masters||Novel||1951||2007 and later||The US and the Soviet Union engaged in a limited nuclear war, but are still hostile. The Sino-Soviet split never happened and China is part of the Soviet Bloc. Flying cars and interplanetary travel are commonplace.|
|Quantum Leap||TV series||1989–1993||1995–1999||Sam Beckett is in 1995 when he starts leaping. Other events in the TV series bring the present time to 1999.|
|"The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper"||Short story||1932||1971||A newspaper dated 10 November 1971 features references to lower birth rates, an emphasis on psychological motivation in fiction, geothermal energy, the extinction of gorillas and a world government. By 1971, there is also a simplified spelling of English – the name of the newspaper is the Even Standrd [sic] as opposed to the Evening Standard – and a 13-month reformed calendar.|
|Radioactive Dreams||Film||1985||2011||Nuclear war breaks out in 1996, placing the two main characters in a bunker for 15 years.|
|Rebuild of Evangelion||Film series||2007–2009||2015||Reboot of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Later installments 1.0 and 2.0 take place in 2015.|
|"Resurrection" (from The Outer Limits)||Television series episode||1996||1997-2009||On July 24, 1997, humanity destroyed itself (as well as all other mammals) in a biological war in what became known as the Day of Silence or the Biocaust. Only a few hundred androids were left to populate the Earth. In 2009, two androids created a human, Cain, from unaffected DNA samples to lead the Second Coming of humankind.|
|Revengers Tragedy||Film||2002||2011||Sci-fi adaptation of The Revenger's Tragedy|
|Ring Raiders||Cartoon series||1989||1998||Depicts a future war between time travelling airmen.|
|"The Roads Must Roll"||Short story||1940||1945–1960||In 1950, the first mechanized road was built between Cincinnati and Cleveland.|
|"Robbie" from I, Robot||Short story||1939||1982, 1996||By 1982 (1996 in later reprints), household robots are common. The revised version of the story states the birth year of Susan Calvin as 1982.|
|Rollerball||Film||1975||2018||By 2018, the world is a corporate dictatorship. Football is no longer an active sport and rollerball is the only sport shown on cable television. Books are replaced by summaries on computers. Households have about four television monitors in a room. People are required to stay home to watch sports. The reboot is set only three years into its future and is regarded more as contemporary.|
|"Runaround"||Short story||1942||2005–2015||By 2005, humanity has established mining stations on Mercury.|
|The Running Man||Film||1987||2017||Predicts an economic collapse and totalitarian takeover of the US in 2017. The film itself takes place in 2019. Refers to the "Great Quake of '97".|
|R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)||Play||1921||c. 1955||The synthetic protoplasm that makes robots a possibility is discovered in 1932. The play itself takes place some decades after that. One of the earliest, if not the earliest, example of an AI takeover in fiction. The 1948 BBC adaptation takes place from 1980 to 1990.|
|seaQuest DSV||TV series||1993–1996||2015–2018||By 2018, the ocean floor has been colonised. The dolphin Darwin can communicate with humans with a translation device. The first manned mission to Mars was launched in 2015 and returned to Earth in 2018.|
|A Scanner Darkly||Novel||1977||1994||A narcotics agent wears a "scramble suit" that hides his identity and uses video to spy on a drug-using household. Made into a film in 2006.|
|Sci-Fighters||Film||1996||2009||A convict escapes from the Moon and returns to Earth on the run, carrying a deadly virus.|
|The Secret People||Novel||1935||1964||Names Queen Elizabeth II as the reigning monarch of Britain, although when the novel was published in 1935, she was only third in the line of succession.|
|The Sentinel||Short story||1951||1996||An expedition to Mare Crisium unearths an alien artifact. The inspiration for 2001: A Space Odyssey.|
|The Sentinels of the New Dawn (from Doctor Who)||Audio drama||2011||2014||This audio drama correctly predicted that there would be a widespread Ebola epidemic in 2014.|
|Sexmission||Film||1984||1991||Begins in 1991, when the main characters enter hibernation, before awakening in 2044.|
|"Shades" (from Play for Tomorrow)||Television series episode||1982||1999|
|The Shadow of the Scourge (from Doctor Who)||Audio drama||2000||2003|
|The Shadows of Avalon (from Doctor Who)||Novel||2000||2012||By 2012, the United Kingdom has a king.|
|Shank||Film||2010||2015||London has fallen to gangs.|
|The Shape of Things to Come||Novel||1933||1933–2017||Contains several books covering future periods including an extensive Second World War, a dictatorship and other dystopian ideas.|
|Shattered Union||Video game||2005||2008–2014||Set in a future in which the United States has split into warring factions.|
|Shooting War||Comic||2006||2011||In 2011, US President John McCain is aggressively pursuing the War on Terror while taking Prozac.|
|SimCity 2000||Video game||1993||2010||One playable scenario is Boston after suffering a devastating nuclear meltdown in 2010.|
|Sin and Punishment||Video game||2000||2007||In 2007, humanity is undergoing severe global famine. Scientists build bionic creatures to help grow food, but the creatures eventually revolt against them and start a war.|
|Sire||Novel||1991||1999||In 1999, France restores the monarchy and the 18-year-old Philippe Pharamond de Bourbon assumes the throne.|
|The 6th Day||Film||2000||2015||By 2015, the creation of duplicate humans, including memory, physique and age, is possible, but illegal.|
|The Sky Pirate||Novel||1909||1930s||Several years prior to 1939, France and Great Britain fought each other in a war in which aeros were prominently used.|
|Smash TV||Video game||1990||1999||In 1999, violent reality TV shows are popular with audiences. The contestants fight each other, often to their deaths.|
|"Sneak Attack" (from Tales of Tomorrow)||Television episode||1951||1960||In 1960, an unnamed foreign power launches 22 robot airplanes carrying hetrodyne bombs and threatens to detonate them in the major cities of the United States unless the US President surrenders the entire nation to this foreign power. Denver is destroyed, resulting in the deaths of 46,000 people.|
|Snow Crash||Novel||1992||2000s||Predicted virtual worlds and Google Earth.|
|Soldiers of Anarchy||Video game||2002||2015||A deadly virus wiped out most of the human population in 2010.|
|Space: 1999||Television series||1975–1977||1999–2006||Earth is knocked out of the Moon's orbit on September 13, 1999 (which happens on a Friday in the series, but not in reality).|
|Spaceflight IC-1||Film||1965||2015||In 2015, the overpopulated civilized world is controlled by an all-powerful computerized government that is carefully choosing colonists for its newest space launch. The candidates are selected on the basis of their age, health and IQ.|
|Space Force||Radio series||1984–1985||2010||Sequel to Journey into Space.|
|Space Probe Taurus||Film||1965||2000||In 2000, humanity is investigating the feasibility of colonizing other galaxies.|
|"Space Seed" (from Star Trek: The Original Series)||Television series episode||1967||1992–1996, 2018||The Eugenics Wars were fought from 1992 to 1996. During this time, Khan Noonien Singh ruled a quarter of the world. Before this, interplanetary ships and suspended animation had been perfected. In 2018, advancements in sublight propulsion technology make sleeper ships obsolete. (Within the Star Trek universe, a 2001 novel would portray the story as part of a secret history in which numerous real-world calamities from the period were actually parts of a single wider conflict.)|
|Spiral Zone||Television series||1987||2007||On June 18, 2007, a renegade military scientist, Dr. James Bent, uses a hijacked space shuttle to drop his deadly Zone Generators across half of the Earth, thus creating a region called the Spiral Zone due to its shape. Millions of people are trapped in the dark mists of the Spiral Zone and transformed into "Zoners" with lifeless yellow eyes and strange red patches on their skin.|
|Split Second||Film||1992||2008||Global warming causes London to be a flooded city.|
|Spooks: Code 9||Television series||2008||2012||There is a nuclear attack in London during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.|
|The Stand||Novel||1978||1980||The original hardcover edition was set in 1980. The 1980 paperback edition was set in 1985. The 1990 expanded Complete & Uncut edition was set in 1990 and included historical events from the 1980s.|
|Stand on Zanzibar||Novel||1968||2010||Predicted the decline of Detroit, electric cars, overpopulation, the European Union, in-flight entertainment, Viagra, terrorism, TiVo, reality television and a president named Obomi.|
|"Steel" (from The Twilight Zone)||Television series episode||1963||1974||This episode takes place in 1974, six years after boxing between human fighters was criminalized in 1968. The sport is dominated by robots instead.|
|Strange Adventures #1||Comic||1950||The late 20th century||Earth was completely covered by water during the latter part of the 20th century.|
|Strange Days||Film||1995||1999||Events occur near the end of the 20th century. A person's memories in their brain can be recorded on a disc called a "SQUID" that others can steal.|
|Street Fighter 2010||Video game||1990||2010||Aliens and bionic enhancements.|
|Strike Commander||Video game||1993||2011|
|Summer Day's Dream||Play||1949||1975||Depicts a world in which a nuclear war has reduced Britain to a pre-industrial, pre-capitalist state and greatly reduced its population; the United States, Soviet Union and India are the world's great powers.|
|The Super Dimension Fortress Macross||Anime series||1982||2009–2012||Episode 1 describes events from 1999–2009 when Macross first landed. Most of the story takes place starting in 2009. The final episode takes place in January 2012. A feature film, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, was made in 1984 covering the same events. An OVA epilogue subtitled Flash Back 2012 was produced in 1987 and takes place in September 2012. Was adapted into an English language version called Robotech that aired in syndication around 1985. A prequel, Macross Zero, set in 2008, was released between 2002 and 2004, but since many events in the series timeline had already occurred by that point, it could arguably be viewed as alternate history, rather than future.|
|Super Force||Television series||1990||2018||In 2018, the United States sent a manned mission to Mars.|
|Super Glove Ball||Video game||1990||2005||Predicted motion control technology for console games.|
|Supermale||Novel||1902||1920s||In the 1920s, certain men are supermales who are capable of prodigious feats of endurance and sexual athleticism. Perpetual-motion food gives cyclists the strength and stamina to keep up with the train. Love machines can make one person fall in love with another.|
|Superman #128||Comic||1959||2000||By 2000, Earth has a world government led by the President of the United Worlds, Mars has been colonized and space travel is common. All of the planet's oceans were dissolved due to an atomic experiment.|
|Superman #300||Comic||1976||1990–2001||By 1990, the New Empire State Building has regained its status as the tallest building in the world, an impenetrable dome has been built around the White House to protect the US President and a moonbase has been built by the United States, equipped with a destructive laser beam weapon. In that year, World War III was averted by Skyboy, who came to Earth in 1976. 3D television known as Tri-Vision was invented prior to 2001. On January 1, 2001, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. merged to form the huge city of Metropolis.|
|Superman #400||Comic||1984||1990s||In the 1990s, World War III was averted by the efforts of Kuhan Pei-Jing.|
|Telerop 2009 – Es ist noch was zu retten||Television series||1974||2009||As a result of environmental pollution during the 1970s and the 1980s, the natural environment has largely been destroyed in 2009. The use of pesticides killed off plants with only insects surviving, water is scarce and smog is a permanent problem. Germany has partly turned to a steppe landscape and the share of oxygen in the air has fallen to 16%.|
|"Tell David..." (from Night Gallery)||Television series episode||1971||1991||In 1991, homes have one-way security windows, video telephones and technology similar to web mapping services.|
|The Terminator: Future Shock||Video game||1995||2015||Depicts Judgement Day as occurring in 1995, rather than 1997.|
|Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Film||1991||1995||The film predicts a future AI takeover and nuclear war in 1997.|
|Terminator Genisys||Film||2015||2017||First part of the film takes place in 2027, but a later part of the film is set in 2017 when the Terminator from the 1980s has aged.|
|The Tenth Planet (from Doctor Who)||TV series||1966||1986||In December 1986, Earth's former sister planet Mondas returns to the Sol System. The 1985 Doctor Who serial Attack of the Cybermen also references these events.|
|The Texas-Israeli War: 1999||Novel||1974||1983–1999||In 1983, the nations of the world agreed to the Oslo Disarmament, resulting in nuclear stockpiles being severely reduced. In the early 1990s, the Republic of Ireland declared war on Britain, conquered Northern Ireland and expelled Protestants from that region. In August 1992, Irish commandos introduced LSD into the water supplies of much of Britain. Under the influence of the drug, the Prime Minister and Parliament ordered the use of nuclear weapons against Ireland and her allies, South Africa and China. The Commonwealth backed Britain in the emerging World War III. By the end of 1992, half of the world's population was dead; 90% had perished from plague and famine by 1994. Texas declared its independence from the US and became the Second Republic of Texas. It went to war with Israel in 1999.|
|"There Will Come Soft Rains"||Short story||1950||1985||In 1985, computer controlled houses cook and clean for their inhabitants. In that year, humanity is wiped out by a nuclear war.|
|"They Have Taken Over" (from NET Playhouse)||Television series episode||1970||1990||In 1990, the US government has been taken by the youth. It has decreed that the middle-aged are a drain on society's resources. At 55, people are sent to detention camps and given a maximum of ten years to live.|
|Things to Come||Film||1936||1940–1970||Film adaptation of The Shape of Things to Come. A global war breaks out on Christmas Day 1940. The war continues into the 1960s.|
|Thrice Upon a Time||Novel||1980||2009–2010||In 2009, the technology to send messages back and forth through time is invented. In 2010, the Soviet Union still exists, video telephones are commonplace and all modern automobiles come with an automated control system allowing one to cruise hands-free on most official roads and highways.|
|"Time Bomb" (from Wonder Woman)||Television series episode||1978||2007||A 22nd century time traveler refers to a nuclear apocalypse in 2007.|
|"The Time of the Ice Box" (from Timeslip)||Television series episode||1970||1990|
|The Trial of Tony Blair||Television film||2007||2010||After his resignation as British Prime Minister in 2010, Tony Blair is put on trial for war crimes. Hillary Clinton won the 2008 US presidential election. Under the leadership of Gordon Brown, the Labour Party wins the 2010 general election. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.|
|Threads||Television film||1984||1988–2003||In 1988, nuclear war breaks out between the United States and the Soviet Union, leading to millions of deaths all over the world and society reverting to medieval levels.|
|Thundarr the Barbarian||Television series||1980–1982||1994||In 1994, a runaway planet hurtles between Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction and causing radical changes to Earth's climate and geography.|
|Thunderbirds||Film||2004||2010||Loosely based on the television series of the same name.|
|Timecop||Film||1994||2004||Time travel is used to fight crime.|
|The Time Machine||Film||1960||1966||George witnesses the beginning of a nuclear war on August 19, 1966.|
|Time Out of Joint||Novel||1959||c. 1998||Depicts a nuclear conflict between Earth and the lunar colony.|
|Timescape||Novel||1980||1998||In 1998, Earth is ravaged by ecological disasters such as algal blooms and diebacks on the brink of large scale extinctions. Various other events are mentioned in passing, such as student riots and an event of nuclear terrorism against New York City which took place before the events of the novel.|
|TimeSplitters||Video game||2000||2005 (and other eras)|
|Titan||Novel||1997||Early 21st century||Features a manned mission to Titan during a predicted intellectual dark age.|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon||Video game series||2001||2008||Starts in 2008, sequels continue on timeline.|
|Total War: 2006||Novel||1999||2001–2006||Describes a future history in which an Islamic fundamentalist Saudi Arabia allied with a resurgent Communist Russia declare war on the United States. The novel correctly predicted that the US and the UK would invade Iraq in the 2000s.|
|The Transformers: The Movie||Animated film||1986||2005||By 2005, the presence of the Autobots on Earth has elevated human technology to highly advanced levels.|
|Trauma Center: Under the Knife and Trauma Center: Second Opinion||Video game||2005||2018||By 2018, AIDS and cancer have cures.|
|"Trends"||Short story||1939||1973–1978, 2008||After a failed attempt in 1973, the first free-return trajectory is made around the Moon in 1978.|
|The True Meaning of Smekday||Children's book||2007||2012–2013||Later adapted into the 2015 DreamWorks animated film Home.|
|The Tunnel||Film||1935||After 1940||The film concerns the building of a transatlantic tunnel. The Channel Tunnel was noted to have been built in 1940.|
|The Tunnel Thru the Air; Or, Looking Back from 1940||Novel||1927||1930-1932||From 1930 to 1932, the United States fights a major war against Japan. The war began when Japan attacked the East Coast in April 1930. Many American cities were attacked and destroyed but the US emerged victorious on July 4, 1932.|
|Tunnel Vision||Film||1976||1985||In 1985, a new television network called TunnelVision is entirely free of censorship (aided by a new Bill of Rights, written in 1983). George Wallace won the 1976 presidential election and served one term.|
|The Turner Diaries||Novel||1978||1983||1991 in later editions. Depicts the violent overthrow of the US government and a subsequent global race war.|
|"The Truth" (from The X-Files)||Television series episode||2002||2012||The final date set for alien colonisation. See also: 2012 phenomenon.|
|Twisted Metal 3||Video game||1998||2008||The game predicted that Hollywood would be leveled by a great earthquake in 2007.|
|Ubik||Novel||1969||1992||The moon has been colonised, psychic powers are common and cryonic suspension has been perfected.|
|Undersea Super Train: Marine Express||Anime film||1979||2002|
|UFO||Television series||1970||1980||Depicts a covert alien invasion of Earth.|
|UFO: Aftermath||Video game||2003||2004||In May 2004, an alien ship launches a deadly bioweapon that wipes out most life on Earth.|
|"The Unparalleled Invasion"||Short story||1910||1922–1987||On May 1, 1976, the United States and other Western powers launch a biological warfare campaign against China, resulting in the destruction of the Chinese population. China is later colonized by the Western Powers.|
|Until the End of the World||Film||1991||1999||An Indian nuclear satellite loses control and heads towards Earth, causing mass chaos.|
|Urban Strike||Video game||1994||2001||Predicts a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers in 2001.|
|A Very British Coup||Television miniseries||1988||1991–1992||Harry Perkins, an unassuming, working class, very left-wing Leader of the Labour Party and Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central, becomes Prime Minister in March 1991. The priorities of the Perkins Government include dissolving all newspaper monopolies, withdrawal from NATO, removing all American military bases on UK soil, unilateral nuclear disarmament and true open government. The royal cypher on one of the Prime Minister's red boxes is shown as "C III R," suggesting that the monarch is Charles III, the current Prince of Wales.|
|V for Vendetta||Comic||1982–1985||1997–1998||The storyline of the comic takes place from November 5, 1997 to November 5, 1998. The 2005 film adaptation is set between these dates in 2025 and 2026, but there are references to 2014 and 2015.|
|"Vincent Deem 1997" (from Exploring Tomorrow)||Radio drama||1958||1977–1997||Time travel was discovered in 1977. After the War of 1980, which destroyed all plant life, guns were outlawed all over Earth. In 1997, the credit is the American unit of currency. By this time, health rays, video phones and moving sidewalks are commonplace and supermarkets are equipped with robot cashiers.|
|Virtual Light||Novel||1993||2006||Simulated reality via direct stimulation of the brain's visual cortex has recently been invented. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is now a shanty town.|
|The War in Space||Film||1977||1988|
|The War in the Air||Novel||1907||Late 1910s||Depicts a world war, initiated by Germany against the United States, who later ally with a combined China/Japan empire and the British Empire, respectively, fought using fixed-wing heavier-than-air craft. Predicted the use of military aircraft, a world war before 1920, an attack by Japan against the United States, the denial of rights to US citizens of Japanese descent, and a global financial collapse.|
|The War of the Worlds||Novel||1898||Early in the 20th century||Predicted laser weaponry and chemical weapons.|
|Warday||Novel||1983||1988–1993||A nuclear attack on New York City in October 1988 resulted in a nuclear war in which the United States and the Soviet Union were both devastated. In the vacuum left by the US and the USSR, the United Kingdom and Japan became superpowers.|
|We Can Build You||Novel||1972||1982||By 1982, electronic organs and androids are mass produced.|
|Westworld||Film||1973||1983||Set mainly in a theme park filled with androids.|
|When Smuts Goes||Novel||1947||1952||In 1952, the National Party comes to power in South Africa and institutes a fascist dictatorship.|
|The White Plague||Novel||1982||1996||The family of the protagonist, John Roe O'Neill, are killed by an IRA bomb on May 20, 1996, resulting in his descent into insanity. He plans a gendercidal revenge and creates a plague that kills only women, but for which men are the carriers. O'Neill then releases it in Ireland (for supporting the terrorists), England (for oppressing the Irish and giving them a cause) and Libya (for training said terrorists).|
|Wicked City||OVA||1987||End of the 20th century||At the dawn of the new millennium, the human world secretly coexists with the demonic "Black World" - an alternate dimension populated by supernatural demons with a secret human police force known as the Black Guard protecting the boundary. For centuries, a peace treaty between the Black World and the world of humans has been maintained to ensure relative harmony. When a group of radicalized members of the Black World conspire to sabotage the renegotiation of the treaty, the Black Guard must stop them.|
|"The Wilderness"||Short story||1952||2003||In 2003, commercial travel to Mars is common.|
|A Wind Named Amnesia||Novel||1983||1999||In 1999, the world has been reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland due to an inexplicable gust of wind that wiped even the most basic memories, such as speech and civility, from the minds of the world's populace.|
|"The Winnowing"||Short story||1976||2005||In 2005, Earth is experiencing acute famine due to its population of six billion.|
|"With Folded Hands" (from Dimension X)||Radio drama||1950||2006||An adaptation of the 1947 short story by Jack Williamson. In 2006, household robots called "Mechanicals" are commonplace.|
|Witness to the Execution||TV movie||1994||1999||In 1999, American morality has fallen to such lows that the execution of an (innocent) person is treated as if it were the Super Bowl or a similar sports tournament.|
|The Wizard of Mars||Film||1965||1975||The first manned probe to orbit Mars arrives at its destination on January 1, 1975.|
|The World a Department Store||Novel||1900||1925||By 1925, the socialist Coöperative Association of America has eliminated poverty, tenements, slums, litter and other aspects of the old style American economy. Photo IDs are used. Both men and women pursue physical fitness, and work out in gymnasiums. The public school system monitors the schoolchildren's nutritional needs.|
|The World Jones Made||Novel||1956||2002||Post-nuclear world in which evangelism of any ideology whatsoever is outlawed, but a messianic named Jones becomes head of a xenophobic movement.|
|The World Next Door||Novel||1990||1997|
|World War III||Miniseries||1982||1987||World War III breaks out in 1987.|
|Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth||Video game||1991||1999||A massive earthquake forces everyone to look underground.|
|X a.k.a. X/1999||Manga||1992||1999|
|"The Year of the Burn Up" (from Timeslip)||Television series episode||1970–1971||1990||In 1990, Earth is ruled by a technocracy and England is covered by tropical rainforests.|
|The Year of the Quiet Sun||Novel||1970||1978–2000||In the summer of 1978, a time travel experiment is conducted by the United States military. In 1980, there are ongoing race riots in Chicago. President Meeks' successful handling of the riots results in him winning that year's presidential election in a landslide. In 1999, Chicago is in the midst of a racial civil war. The city had recently been attacked with a nuclear bomb launched from China on behalf of black guerrillas.|
|Your Safety First||Short film||1956||2000||In 2000, cars are self-driving, commercial travel to the Moon is common, television is 3D and interactive and life expectancy has increased significantly.|
|Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders||Video game||1988||1997||Aliens controlling "The Phone Company" lower the world's intelligence with a low-frequency hum.|
|Zombie Nation||Video game||1990||1999||In 1999, zombies have taken over the entirety of the United States.|
|Zombie Strippers||Film||2008||2016||The film takes place in the fourth Presidential term of George W. Bush. The film was released in February 2008, before Bush left office.|
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