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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

In Anthony Burgess's influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically inventive slang that evocatively renders his and his friends' intense reaction against their society.

Year: 1962
Genre: DystopianNear FutureSpeculative Fiction

    After Things Fell Apart by Ron Goulart

The time is a few decades from now, the place what used to be the United States, now disrupted by internal factionalism as well as a short-lived foreign invasion. Out of this chaotic background Ron Goulart has produced a swift-moving, witty and constantly delightful novel, a story of a future odyssey.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorNear Future

    Gadget Man by Ron Goulart

A new political map of America's west coast...Its dark wit bites through a brittle, phony, not-so-far-off world, exposing its hollow insides.

Year: 1972
Genre: Near Future

    Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

Jason Taverner--world-famous talk show host and man-about-town--wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is--including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?

Year: 1974
Genre: Chase StoryNear FutureScience Fiction

    The Long Walk by Stephen King

In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules--keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out--permanently.

Year: 1979
Genre: Near FutureThriller





1962A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
1970After Things Fell Apart by Ron Goulart
1972Gadget Man by Ron Goulart
1974Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
1979The Long Walk by Stephen King
1981Brinkman by Ron Goulart
1984Dr. Adder by K.W. Jeter
1985Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers
1990Queen of Angels by Greg Bear
1993Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
1994Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
1998Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
2000The Dawning by Hugh B. Cave
2004Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
2007Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson
2017Artemis by Andy Weir
2017Gnomon by Nick Harkaway
2017walkaway by Cory Doctorow