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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

    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

    Brinkman by Ron Goulart

Brinkman is street-wise, moving with assurance down the mean streets of the future, through an America where life in the slums is an unrelenting grind of parsimonious welfare and petty thievery. He is determined to make a better life for himself; Brinkman is a young man who will go far . . . Too far, in fact.

Year: 1981
Genre: Near Future

    Dr. Adder by K.W. Jeter

The one that started it all - K. W. Jeter's first novel that took him 12 years to get published, despite every science fiction editor in America telling him it was a great book, exactly what they should be publishing, but were too afraid to pull the trigger on. The book about which Philip K. Dick said "will change your notions of what's possible in science fiction forever".

Year: 1984
Genre: CyberpunkNear Future

    Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers

In the twenty-second century, the City of Angels is a tragic shell of its former self, having long ago been ruined and reshaped by nuclear disaster. Before he was in a band in Ellay, Gregorio Rivas was a redeemer, rescuing lost souls trapped in the Jaybirds cult of the powerful maniac Norton Jaybush. Rivas had hoped those days were behind him, but a desperate entreaty from a powerful official is pulling him back into the game.

Year: 1985
Genre: DystopianFantasyNear Future

    Queen of Angels by Greg Bear

In a world of wonders, wealth, and "perfect" mental health, a famous poet commits gruesome murder . . . Why? That crime, that question, leads a policewoman to a jungle of torture and forgotten gods; a writer to the bohemian shadows of a vast city; and a scientist directly into the mind-the nightmare soul-of the psychopath himself . . .

Year: 1990
Genre: Hard SFNear FutureTechnological Thriller

    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others' emotions.

Year: 1993
Genre: Near FuturePost ApocalypseScience Fiction




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1962A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Dystopian, Near Future, Speculative
1970After Things Fell Apart by Ron Goulart Humor, Near Future, Fragmented America
1972Gadget Man by Ron Goulart Near Future, Fragmented America
1974Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick Near Future, Science Fiction, Chase Story
1979The Long Walk by Stephen King Near Future, Thriller
1981Brinkman by Ron Goulart Near Future, Fragmented America
1984Dr. Adder by K.W. Jeter Cyberpunk, Near Future, Dr. Adder Trilogy, Los Angeles
1985Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers Dystopian, Fantasy, Near Future
1990Queen of Angels by Greg Bear Hard SF, Near Future, Technological Thriller, Quantum Logic
1993Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Near Future, Post Apocalypse, Science Fiction, Earthseed, Los Angeles
1994Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem Near Future, Satire, Speculative
1998Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler Dystopian, Near Future, Science Fiction, Earthseed
2000The Dawning by Hugh B. Cave Eco-Disaster, Near Future
2004Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Action, Historical, Near Future, Post Apocalypse, Speculative
2007Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson Eco-Disaster, Hard SF, Near Future, Political Thriller, Science in the Capital
2009Makers by Cory Doctorow Near Future
2011The Profession by Steven Pressfield Military, Near Future
2017Artemis by Andy Weir Action & Adventure SF, Near Future, Conspiracy
2017Gnomon by Nick Harkaway Dystopian, Near Future, SF Detective, Speculative
2017walkaway by Cory Doctorow Near Future, Post Apocalypse, Utopian
2020Agency by William Gibson Near Future, Technological Thriller, Jackpot Trilogy
2021Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr Near Future, Middle Ages, Whats New





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