The first of his masterpieces. Ballentine, ; revised first hardcover edition, New York:
Create New Cars, subways, pedestrians, and robots — a typical city scene. The Futurebut not so far into it that you'd notice except for the abundance of Applied Phlebotinum. When the s came around, the US economy recovered while the Japanese economy tanked; The Great Politics Mess-Up and subsequent collapse of many authoritarian communist regimes drastically changed the political picture of both the present and the future.
Instead of criminal anarchy or corporate governance, there's a lot more focus on how technology has come to permeate everyday life and challenge long-held conceptions of the individual and society as a whole. And, of course, works in the '90s naturally assumed that from that point on the only murderous enemies Americans would have to worry about would be right-wing militia fanatics, homicidal teenagersand maybe the occasional petty dictator - but no one else.
Obviously, 20 Minutes into the Future is the setting of most Flash Forward stories, though they usually don't make a big deal of it except as a minor joke. Of course, Science Marches Onso it's fun to watch 10 years later to see how wrong they got it. Television series are especially prone to this, as they tend to make use of various props, costumes, and effects that reflect the sensibilities of their time but become increasingly dated over a long run.
Both Max Headroom and Brazil lampshade the Zeerust problem by setting themselves explicitly "20 Minutes into the Future" and "Somewhere in the Twentieth Century", respectively rather than identifying specific datesand by mixing up production designs and costumes that would have been considered "futuristic" in the '80s with random elements from previous decades.
See also Next Sunday A. Can result in I Want My Jetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to Urban Fantasy as the magical version.
Inverted by 20 Minutes into the Past.
A good way to gauge whether or not a show takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future: Kevin Butler of Sony greets the people of March from the "crazy" future of November Aside from declaring the success of the Playstation Move, he says that people drink their food through straws, and Kansas City won the World Series.
Sony was being facetious, they didn't have a chance The now famous "" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the Super Bowl of, you guessed it, The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.
A Nike Jordans commercial aired during the Olympics showed two preteens, one in China and the other in the U. It shows them training throughout grade school, playing each other in college sports, then being recruited for the NBA draft, then playing in the Olympics, which are apparently in Cairo.
The technology gets increasingly high tech, showing whole building ads and futuristic TVs that take up whole walls. Anime and Manga Neon Genesis Evangelion: The original series, first aired on Japanese television inis explicitly set in the yearwith a Back Story involving an apocalyptic cataclysm in the year Despite having artificially intelligent computers, giant biomechs, and the ability to sequence a genome stored in particle wave matter in seconds, the Japanese government's nuclear-powered giant robot runs MS-DOSand the wifi-enabled laptops in schools despite doing wireframe 3D modeling can only draw dialogue boxes using ASCII art.
Shinji uses an "SDAT" personal stereo, a fictional product in similar vein to the Digital Compact Cassette a format that launched straight into obscurity in — in other words, a cassette player.
Could be explained as the result of Second Impact stalling technological advances in all fields except those relating to the threat at hand.
Rebuild of Evangelion justifies the tape player by establishing that it was his father's, and therefore has sentimental value. In the ending of the manga adaptation which finished ina Cosmic Retcon resets the timeline so that said apocalyptic event never occurred.
The brief glimpses we see of the new are much more in line with present-day fashion and technology.
Who-knows-how-many-years After the Endalthough the chapters that are flashbacks to how things were before the impact that doomed humanity definitely qualify as this.
It overall seems to function just like "our" present of maybe The '90s or early s. Serial Experiments Lain has a creepy Opening Narration that states "present day, present time", but it's obvious by the cell-phone-esque HandyNAVIs and the existence of a Cyberspace that this is not the case.
This is a direct Shout-Out to Max Headroom 's original opening. There are however some indications that it actually takes place in an Alternate Universe.
Patlabormade in and set in Not much has changed besides mechas being commonly used for mundane tasks. Fist of the North Star takes place in a post-apocalyptic future after an atomic war in "X".
This trope is spoofed, as part of a general parody of Fist of the North Star, in episode 23 of Excel Saga which aired in the late nineties: The Astro Boy manga, original publicationhad the titular robot boy being created on April 7,a time in which robots and flying cars were routine.
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