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The Science Fiction Chronology

Over the years, many science fiction books, TV shows, and movies picked dates for events that seemed suitably in the future, but which are now in the past. Here's a list of a few of them, arranged in reverse chronological order.

Date Event Source
September, 1999 The nuclear waste dumps on the moon explode, blasting the moon out of orbit and into deep space. Hijinks ensue. Space:1999
1999 Johnny Dalhquist thwarts an attempt to seize the nuclear arsenal emplaced on the moon; his radioactive body is later returned to Earth.. Heinlein, The Long Watch
August 29, 1997 Judgment Day. Skynet achieves self-awareness; three billion die in the resulting nuclear attack. Terminator, Terminator 2
1997 Jupiter 2 launched towards Alpha Centauri with a crew of six (and one stowaway). Lost in Space
1997 Snake Plissken has to rescue the President from the ruins of New York. Escape from New York
June 6, 1996 The Ultra Probe is launched, under the command of Tony Cellini. Space:1999
October 19, 1988 A spacecraft from the planet Tencton crash-landed in California's Mojave Desert just outside of Los Angeles. Alien Nation
1987 War between the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance and the Chinese Hegemony. The Chinese win. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
1980 SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defense Organization) is engaged in a clandestine war versus alien invaders who kidnap humans for nefarious purposes. UFO
1974 Most human life is wiped out by a biological warfare agent run amok. Only Charlton Heston and a really bad soundtrack survive. Omega Man