Fiction set in the 21st century

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Many science fiction works have been set in the 21st century (years 2001 to 2100). With humanity now in the 21st century, many of the predictions of these works have so far been proven obsolete. This page lists only predictions regarding the 21st century, as opposed to contemporary accounts of the actual 21st century, which would be too numerous to list.

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  • The science fiction TV series TekWar is in the year 2045.
  • In the novel 2045: A Story of Our Future, Peter Seidel portrays what the world could be like in 2045, if current trends in environmental destruction, population growth, and economic inequality continue.
  • The horror/thriller manga and anime The Promised Neverland is set in the year 2045.
  • The Corporation War in Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere begins in 2045.
  • In South Africa white minority rule comes to an end in 2045 as most of the whites are massacred in an uprising, in John Wyndham's The Outward Urge.
  • In 2045, the American Dad character Klaus has a body again and a grandson.
  • The events portrayed in the movie Critters 4 take place in 2045.
  • Time in History where Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars, the 3rd Tiberium War takes place in 2045.
  • In Macross 7, the main events of the series take place in 2045.
  • Doomsday in Angels & Airwaves movie (Love) takes place in 2045.
  • The events of the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline take place in 2045.
  • In the short film Doc Brown Saves the World, Doc Brown explains to the viewer that in the timeline depicted in Back to the Future Part II, a nuclear holocaust occurred in 2045 when a computer virus created by Griff Tannen accidentally caused the nuclear reactors inside every Mr. Fusion device in the world to simultaneously explode. To prevent this from occurring, Brown alters history to prevent the invention of Mr. Fusion (as well as food hydrators and hoverboards), thus explaining why the 2015 shown in Part II never came to pass.
  • District 13 Ultimatum take place on 2045.



  • Godannar is set in 2047.
  • In the Command & Conquer universe, the Third Tiberium War is started when the Brotherhood of Nod destroys the Global Defense Initiative's orbital command centre, the Philadelphia, using a nuclear missile. Events transpire during the conflict that attract the attention of the Scrin to Earth.
  • In the Star Trek universe, the city of Los Angeles is struck by the Hermosa earthquake causing parts of the city to fall into the sea.
  • In Event Horizon, a search-and-rescue team is sent to a decaying space ship orbiting Neptune where an unimaginable horror awaits them.
  • The English localization of Snatcher for the Sega CD, a comic cyberpunk adventure game originally released in Japan for various platforms, moved the setting from 2042 to 2047.
  • In the SimCity video game, floodings hit Rio de Janeiro due to global warming.
  • A Balkanized India enters a water war in the Postcyberpunk Hugo award-winning novel River of Gods by Ian McDonald.
  • Voices of a Distant Star, a Japanese anime, is set in 2047.
  • Crysis 3 is set in this year, where an enormous dome is placed over New York City to stop the expansion of the Ceph, a race of invading aliens who had been stripped of their commanders and gone feral. Inside, the abandoned city is overrun with vegetation and the alien invaders.
  • In the Mad skit Outtagascar, based on Madagascar 3, a new Madagascar show will be made after Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman get out of jail for burning down a circus.
  • The Momus song "The Ephebophobe" from the 2013 album Bambi is set in the year 2047. The song concerns a man being punished by having Google physically removed from his brain.[23]
  • Movie "2047: Sights of Death" (2014)
  • The 2019 film Iron Sky: The Coming Race is set in 2047.



  • The races in San Francisco Rush 2049, the last arcade game from Atari Games, take place during this year and given the military naval presence and appearance of a full moon suggest this is during Fleet Week 2049 hence on or about the tenth of October. In-game advertisements about the races call it the "53rd Annual San Francisco Rush Tournament" (which set the races in the original San Francisco Rush in the year 1996—the year that the original game was released), and it is sponsored by "J. Ray and Associates" (a reference to the game's producer, John Ray).
  • In the 1932 novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 2049 sees the outbreak of The Nine Years' War, a conflict which devastates the entire planet and convinces world leaders to unite as a peaceful, but controversial, world society.
  • The events of the series IGPX take place.
  • The Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049 takes place in 2049.
  • The Disney Channel movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century takes place in 2049, 50 years after the movie debuted on television in 1999.
  • The video game Vectorman takes place in 2049.
  • The video game Miner 2049er takes place in 2049.
  • The video game Nier takes place in 2049.
  • The video game Crimson Tears is set in Tokyo in 2049.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Kill the Moon" is set in 2049.
  • The Flash (2014), Barry and Iris's daughter time traveled from 2049.





  • In Stephen Baxter's novel Flood, Mount Everest – the highest point on Earth – is submerged in this year.
  • On the ABC series Defying Gravity, the Antares 6-year space mission begins in this year.
  • In the Futurama episode "A Big Piece of Garbage", NASA sends all of Earth's garbage into space in a cluster of a giant sphere aboard a rocket.
  • On the HBO show 'Westworld', the 'present day' timeline takes place in 2052. Video footage from the official website, which has since been removed, stated that the security data is from June 15, 2052. It has now been replaced with xx/xx/xxxx.
  • The events of Deus Ex take place in this year.
  • The racing video game Wipeout takes place in this year.
  • According to the Fallout Universe the United Nations have been disbanded on July 26 of this year.
  • Sergeant Cortez and Amy Chen raid U-Genix in TimeSplitters: Future Perfect in 2052.
  • The third act of Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath takes places in 2052.
  • Metal Black, gameplay was 2052, 10 years after the intro.
  • In the second season of Dark, some characters also travel into the year 2052.[24]












  • Fireball XL5 (1962) takes place in 2062.
  • The Jetsons (1962) is supposed to take place in the year 2062.
  • The Red Star is banned together under the Solar Federation in Rush's song "2112" (1976).
  • The Last Dodo (2007) takes place in this year.
  • In Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (2010), the Tiberium infestation on planet Earth has reached critical levels and is projected to make Earth uninhabitable in approximately 15 years unless a solution is found. Kane, leader of the Brotherhood of Nod, approaches GDI for a diplomatic meeting taking place in the destroyed city of Manchester to establish an alliance between the 2 powers to construct what will become the Tiberium Control Network.


  • In Star Trek chronology, the starship USS Enterprise travels back in time to April 4, 2063, while in pursuit of the Borg Queen spaceship. The crew of the Enterprise visit the US state of Montana on Earth to witness the historical events of the next day on April 5, when Zefram Cochrane makes Earth's first warp speed flight. That same night, Vulcan scientists, having discovered the warp signature from Cochrane's ship, make first contact with Earth. Most of the film Star Trek: First Contact is set in 2063 and the 2370s.
  • In the TV series, Space: Above and Beyond chronology, interstellar Chig war begins following the destruction of the Earth Vesta and Tellus colonies in 2063.
  • The events of the CD-i video game Burn:Cycle take place on the night of July 25 and last to the early morning of July 26, 2063 (Australian time, meaning it was really July 24 and 25 in North America). Sol cutter a Data thief using a kind of Neural interface, Brain–computer interface gets infected with a Computer virus that will kill him in 2 to 3 hours unless the game player can prevent it. game time can be extended by winning the Psychic roulette game located in the bar Called "The Sum Zero bar" in a Central City known as "Urban Central" on the game map. It is the same bar that the character Zip visits. Zip is a fixer he has the device and car part to help fix Sol's red flying Car. Not much is known about Sol Cutter's world but they have flying cars that use cold fusion technology. They also have orbital colonies and hotels for space tourists. As far as Politics and wars there is a Terrorist group called NAMO and its threatening to Blow up the Internet / "Tele-verse" if its demands are not met they want the new settlements to be vacated, the new settlements are in Aboriginal holy grounds. Zip wants the Trip world pass to permit travel to that place in the orbital habitats. The Televerse representative and spokesperson says that the Anti-virus and anti-intrusion technology makes the Televerse is Immune to the NAMO virus and that the Televerse is safe from the Aboriginal terrorist groups virus. However, If the Internet gets blown up it would destabilize the world economy of 2063, the global economy is heavily dependent on the online market place and its many transactions daily. An as far as Space exploration goes bacterial life was just discovered as of July 25, the Life was found some where in the Saturnian planetary system. The Local press / Media of Urban Central named this life "Tribbles" after the famous creature in Star Trek lore.
  • In the TV series, Futurama episode "Crimes of the Hot", scientists began to drop a massive sized block of ice in the ocean to combat global warming every now and then until 3002, when Earth's orbit was moved, thus cooling the atmosphere dramatically.
  • In the 2012 book The Man from 2063, written by Jack Duffy, a lawyer living in 2063 travels back in time prior to November 22, 1963 to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Unlike Stephen King's 2011 novel 11/22/63 which has Lee Harvey Oswald killing JFK alone, The Man from 2063 portrays the assassination as a conspiracy.




  • Half-Life mod USS Darkstar is set in 2066.
  • In the Fallout timeline, China launches an invasion into the US State of Alaska, igniting the Sino-American War.


  • In The Simpsons episode, "The Boys of Bummer", the ending is set in 2067, sixty years after the episode was first broadcast in 2007. A 70-year-old Milhouse nearly lets it slip to a 70-year-old Bart that the game was faked to make up for his lack of talent. The ghosts of Homer and Marge watch Bart taunt Milhouse, and Homer attempts to talk Marge in to having ghost sex with him, only for Marge to tell him that "ghost sex is nothing."
  • Friendship One will be launched (Star Trek: Voyager)
  • The time capsule from Parks and Recreation season 3 episode 3 is set to be opened.



  • In Nebulous, Professor Nebulous accidentally destroyed the Isle of Wight on May 15, when he tried to move it 10 kilometers to the left to give it more sun.
  • The Half-Life 2 mod "Dystopia" takes place this year.
  • In the Torchwood audio play Asylum, Freda was born this year.
  • In Mass Effect the Luna Colony was established this year.
  • In The Matrix the ship captained by Morpheus was built in the year 2069.


  • The 4th Edition of Shadowrun takes place in the 2070s.
  • In the timeline of the Trinity Universe by white wolf publishing – The United African Nations U.A.N. Was established at some point in the 2070s.[citation needed]


  • In Judge Dredd (in the comic 2000 AD) 2070 was the year President Robert L. Booth started the Atomic Wars. Booth, last president of the United States, was deposed. The following year the Battle of Armageddon took place, leading to the defeat of Booth's forces.[33]
  • The events that set the novel Ender's Game into motion take place in 2070.
  • In the teen-fiction series TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow, an ELE engineered biological virus that kills off 99.9999% of humanity is released in 2070.
  • The 1967 Doctor Who story The Moonbase is set in 2070 on the Moon.
  • The television series Total Recall 2070 takes place in 2070.
  • The animated film Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip has some scenes that take place in 2070.
  • The 2011 computer game Anno 2070 takes place in the year 2070, predicting that the sea level raised dangerously.
  • In the Trinity role-playing game, 2070 marked the end of The Great Crash-a period of history that began in the year 2061. During this crash, millions of people died, half the world's arable land became infertile, the world's financial and ecological resources became drained, and the world economy collapsed. Conflict erupts after 2070 between nations, the Comm crunch hits, and the Urban schism occurs. Orbital expansion is attempted to revitalize the world.
  • Red Faction takes place in 2070.


  • The 1964 film The Time Travelers is set in 2071.
  • The events of the anime series Cowboy Bebop take place in 2071. The events of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie take place during Halloween of that year.
  • In a Mad episode, on a skit of Dear Reaper, it is occurred to the Grim Reaper that Joey, the boy who sent the Reaper a letter asking what to buy for Joey's parents' anniversary, will die on November 14, 2071.


  • The Evil Dexter clone from Dexter's Laboratory as mentioned in the episode "Over Labbing" will destroy Dexter in 2072.
  • The film Equilibrium takes place in 2072.[citation needed]
  • The film Ultraviolet takes place in 2072.
  • The Nickelodeon cartoon series My Life as a Teenage Robot takes place presumably in the year 2072. This is determined when title character Jenny Wakeman, or XJ-9, reveals she was activated five years previously, prompting her friend Brad Carbunkle to ask if that meant she did not remember Super Bowl C (100), which would have taken place in 2067, so if Jenny was activated that year, and the show takes place five years after, it would be set in that year.
  • The Jessie episode "The Jessie-nator: Grudgement Day" is set in 2072.
  • The arcade game Tournament Cyberball 2072 is set in the year 2072
  • The events of the computer game System Shock begin on November 6, 2072.
  • The events of the video game Deus Ex: Invisible War take place in 2072.
  • In the movie Looper, time travel has been invented by 2072, but immediately outlawed.



  • The novel Rash by Pete Hautman takes place in the year 2074.
  • The film Cyborg 2, starring Angelina Jolie is set in 2074.
  • The Sega Saturn video game Gun Griffon: The Eurasian Conflict takes place in the year 2074.
  • The American television series Incorporated takes place in 2074.


  • In the Babylon 5 timeline this was the year that Morobuto was born. Later on in Morobutos life he united several of the warring African countries and formed the Central African Bloc.
  • Mary Shelley's novel The Last Man takes place between the years 2075 and 2100, portraying the year 2100 as the extinction of humanity following a deadly pandemic.
  • The back-story to Antihero for Hire lists 2075 as the year Canada invaded the United States with an army of genetically modified dinosaurs.[citation needed]
  • The manga and anime series Planetes takes place in the year 2075.
  • In the television program Earth 2100, the fictitious storyteller becomes a widow on January 5, 2075.
  • Red Faction II is set in the year 2075.



  • The Arthur C. Clarke novel Rendezvous with Rama begins with an asteroid striking Italy at 0946 GMT on September 11, 2077 – destroying Padua and Verona and sinking Venice.
  • The main events of the 2013 sci-fi film Oblivion take place in March 2077.
  • The sci-fi series "Continuum" has a storyline that takes place in 2077.
  • The game Forsaken takes place in 2077.
  • In the Command & Conquer universe, the Fourth Tiberium War begins in 2077. The conflict ends with Kane and Nod having seemingly vanished, leaving GDI to activate the now fully completed Tiberium Control Network and begin the reclamation of the Earth's surface.
  • In the Mass Effect universe, the character Liara T'Soni is born in 2077.
  • Space Engineers, a popular Steam early access game, hints that it takes place in 2077.
  • In the Fallout series of video games, the bulk of a Sino-American war takes place in the 2070s. In early 2077, following 11 years of conflict, the United States finally liberates Alaska in Battle of Anchorage, driving Chinese forces out of the state. The situation across the world continues to deteriorate and on October 23rd 2077, what would be known as the "Great War" occurred in a nuclear exchange lasting 2 hours. The resulting apocalypse inflicts major damage to the Earth and causes the collapse of both nations and society itself.
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • In Star Ocean: The Last Hope, the beginning of what it calls "World War III" takes place in 2077.
  • The plot of Vexille anime takes place in 2077.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode Out of Mind, Colonel Jack O'Neill is told that he has awoken in 2077.







  • CBBC's fictional show The Secret Show takes place in 2082.
  • The animated television series Ōban Star-Racers takes place in 2082.
  • 2082 is the name of a song by the band They Might Be Giants from the album Join Us. The song is about someone who travels ahead in time to visit his future self. 2082 will be the 100th anniversary of the band's formation.



  • According to the storyline of the 1982 arcade video game Robotron: 2084, in 2084 man perfects the Robotrons, a robot species so advanced that man is inferior to his own creation.
  • In the X-COM Storyline, the Fourth Alien War (AW-IV) starts in 2084.
  • The video game Remember Me is set in Paris in 2084.
  • The events described by a fictional version of Evel Knievel in the Midnight Brown song 2084. Including things like the TV series Dog Monkey vs. Monkey Dog and streets made of syrup.
  • In the 1985 Soviet science fiction television miniseries Guest from the Future a schoolboy travels from the year 1984 to the year 2084, there is a forecast of some technical and scientific achievements up to the year 2084.
  • The 1990 science fiction film Total Recall is set in 2084.
  • The Doctor Who story Warriors of the Deep takes place in 2084.
  • A war in Ayreon's universe is set in 2084, said to be the "Sixth Extinction" by the "Forever" aliens (the "Fifth Extinction" was that of the dinosaurs 65 million years prior), causing the extinction of mankind save for the colony on Mars. Due to Mars' incapacity to support life, the Mars colony is effectively doomed, and after the death of its last inhabitant, the last human being, he is re-created as a new soul, the new Universal Migrator.
  • In the timeline for Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Ayreon, specifically the album 01011001, the human race destroys itself in a violent war in 2084. The alien Forever race returns home one year later, in 2085, after which the last human being goes on a journey detailed in the album The Dream Sequencer.
  • 2084: Tomorrow is Today, a futuristic novel by John William McMullen set in the year 2084 in which the world has spiraled from economic collapse, limited nuclear war and global anarchy into a United World under the protection of The Program.[35]
  • Diana Wynne Jones' short story No One begins with a reference to the year being 2084
  • In episode 11.16 of The Simpsons, Lisa receives a sticker saying to vote for a gay president in 2084, which, according to them, is a realistic goal.
  • 2084: The End of the World, a futuristic novel by Boualem Sansal set in a totalitarian state where history and other cultures have been banned.[36]
  • The cyberpunk videogame Observer is set in Poland in the year 2084.






  • Venus Wars (1989): A war for independence breaks out on a colonized Venus in the year 2089.
  • Twilight of the Dark Master (1997): Two ancient races return to Earth and battle it out in the year 2089.



  • The racing game Ballistics is set in 2090.
  • In the Star Trek universe, the Orpheus Mining Colony on Luna is established. (From Star Trek Enterprise: "Terra Prime").
  • In the 1994 Disney series, Timon & Pumbaa Episode "Amazon Quiver", the ending sets in this year.
  • The Doctor Who story The Seeds of Death is set in 2090.
  • The Game Raiden is set in 2090











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