We've compiled a list of science fiction movies, video games, television series and comics that have depicted a futuristic vision of the earth and plotted them along a timeline.

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About the Timeline

Vertical Axis - Year the World is Set

Each entry in the timeline represents a specific depiction of our world at the time represented in the movie. Some movies represent earth at different times in history; The Matrix starts off in the year 1999 and then transitions to the year 2199, we've added an entry for both world views. And some films cover a variety of different world views all within the same time period. The intent is to show the various ways that popular sci-fi has depicted our past, present and future.

Horizontal Axis - Technological Adoption

We've color coded the level of technological adoption of each of the worlds. On the far left are pre-industrial societies, in the middle would be a present day level of technology, next to that would be worlds with a level of technology up to a level of humans, and the last category being a post Singularity world.

Red Orange Yellow Green Blue
Agrarian Industrial Information Age - Present Day Singularity Post Singularity

Data Sources

The data for the sci-fi films on our list came from Wikipedia. We converted the data using this handy tool at wikitable2csv.ggor.de. For books we used "A Timeline of Future Events" posted on the theawl.com

Project Association

Mirror World VR

For our Mirror World VR project we're building out the path through the multiverse that players will take as they hunt for a rogue AI. Being a multiverse there is an infinite number of worlds that players could potentially traverse on their journey's. Some of them will be familiar to players (Pop Culture References) while others will be invented specifically for the game. The intent will be to take players through what seems like an infintely sized maze of interconnected worlds.

Inspiration

A interactive timeline showing the paths through time for each episode of Dr. Who ever!

We borried the vertical layout of this chart and the color coding along the horizontal axis.

A visualization of the data collected by Jane Wu (see Data Source for more information).

The Timeline

COLOR GUIDE

CIV COLLAPSE

PRE INTERNET

CURRENT

COMPUTER = HUMAN

DNA 2.0

1900

1920

1940

1950

1960

1964

1965

1968

1970

American Midwest

Fahrenheit 451

New Zeland

Sleeping Dogs

1973

1974

1977

1979

1980

1980

1983

1985

1987

1988

1989

1990

1990

1991

1992

1993

1995

New York City

12 Monkeys

1996

1997

Camp

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

1998

1999

New York City

The Matrix

2000

2000

2001

2002

2003

2005

Cybertron

The Transformers: The Movie

2006

2007

San Francisco

X-Men: The Last Stand

2008

2009

2010

2010

2011

2012

Bartertown

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Chicago

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

2013

2014

2015

Citadel

Mad Max: Fury Road

Hilldale

Back to the Future Part II

2016

2017

2018

2019

Tokyo

Akira

2020

2020

City, Ocean

Pacific Rim

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

New Port City

Ghost in the Shell

2030

2030

2031

2032

2033

2034

2035

2036

2037

City

Meet the Robinsons

2038

2039

Mexico

Sleep Dealer

USA

Sleep Dealer

2040

2040

2041

2042

2043

2044

2045

2046

2047

2049

2050

2050

2051

2053

2054

Washington

Minority Report

2055

2057

2058

2059

2060

2063

2064

2065

New York City

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

2068

2070

2071

Mars

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

2072

2073

2074

2075

2076

2077

2078

2079

2080

2080

2081

2083

2084

2087

2089

2090

2092

2093

2095

2097

2100

2100

2101

2108

2112

2114

2116

2122

2127

2130

2131

2133

2135

2139

2140

2142

2148

Pandora

Avatar

2150

City

Gattaca

2151

2154

2155

2169

2173

2176

2179

2185

2187

2196

2199

New York City

The Matrix

2200

2200

2202

2204

2220

2247

2263

2273

2274

2285

2286

2287

2293

2300

2306

2375

2379

2400

2401

2415

2470

2491

2500

2500

Space

Treasure Planet

2501

2505

2508

2509

2517

2526

2578

2583

2592

2600

2654

2688

2691

2700

2707

2772

2805

2889

2900

2956

2960

2985

2989

3000

3001

3071

3127

3978

New York

Planet of the Apes

4000

4038

6968

12,090

village

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

802,701

1966; 802,701

1976-1982

1979–2133

1988–4039

1990s, after The Bronx Warriors

1991-2044

1992–2204

1994[1]

1996-2032

2001–2670

2005–2205

2006–2030s

2008–2020

2009–2012

2009, 2307

2012–2013

2013–2036

2015–2028

2015; 2030; 2050; 2085, and 2100

2017; 2029

2018-2034

2020-2022

2021–2023

2022–25

2029; 5021

2030; 2037; 802,701; 635,427,810

2063–2373

2065-2154

2084-2104

2144–2321

2173–3097

2200s

2233–2387

2259–2390

2267–2270

2293–2371

2455; 2010 (initially)

3028–3044

n/a