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Old 03-09-2009, 17:34   #1
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Books set in the near future

Was listening to radio 4 thios afternoon, and they had 2 authors on who had written about the near future (2013ish iirc). Fay Weldon was one, and the other was someone I had not heard of (Henry Porter). His book ( The Dying Light ) sounded pretty good, and it got me wondering what other near future books are there?

I have often raved about the Otherland Series, which probably comes fairly close, but struggled to think of any others.
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Handmaids tale
Oryx and Crake
Children of Men
The Road
2010
V for Vendetta perhaps.
John Wyndhams books may be considered near future though in a dated way
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Misspent Youth by Peter F Hamilton is a fun, if slightly cheesy romp. Near future UK with some fun and interesting things going on. Anti-Euro terror groups amongst many other things.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:35   #4
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Ah hadn't thought of Wyndham. Re-read a lot of his stuff recently and was impressed all over again.

Not sure 2010 counts - it was written years ago!

Will look into the others you mention - thanks
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is one I enjoyed a great deal.
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On the Beach by Neville Shute

ok, so it's not set in the near future, but if you'd read it in 1957 when it was first published it would have been...

Great book, either way.

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A Clockwork Orange? Lord of the Flies?

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William R Forstchen's book One Second After deals with a sudden attack on the US by three EMP's warheads which fry all electrical and electronic systems. Suddenly trucks stop delivering food, fuel and medicines. The people of the small town are thrown back onto their own resources and have to cope with stranded motorists, starving hordes from the cities and latter day reavers.

Not a bad read at all.
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Ian McDonald has done a few near future SF novels which i'd recommend.
Sacrifice of Fools (Alien Nation in NI, sort of), then theres the ones set in India - River of Gods and Cyberabad Days.

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On the Beach by Neville Shute

ok, so it's not set in the near future, but if you'd read it in 1957 when it was first published it would have been...

Great book, either way.

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Probably one of my favourite novels ever. I love Nevil Shute's stuff - its a shame most of it is out of print.
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William Gibson - Nueromancer or as said when do you start 1984 when published and is still not far away!
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I can reccomend the following:-

Kim Stanley Robinson - 40 signs of rain-environmental disaster
J.G Ballard - much of his stuff is in the near future- not read a bad Ballard book
If you like Wyndham you will probably like John Christopher, same era, similar subject matter,just as good.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road - very sad in parts but also exciting and uplifting
Stephen Baxter - Flood - environmental disaster
Ben Elton -Stark very funny environmental disaster
Richard Morgan - Market Forces- corporate dueling
Simon Clark- Blood Crazy, King Blood -if you want an edge of horror to your near future disasters
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Alex Scarrow - Last Light, about when the oil runs out.
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