For the purposes of this essay the ‘near future’ is within the expected lifetime of a reader or viewer.
The ‘near future’ is a moving point; for stories written in 1870 the year 1890 would have been the ‘near future’.
Cyberpunk sf is typically set in the near future. William Gibson‘s Neuromancer (1984), Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) are set mainly in the near future Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis (BAMA), or ”Sprawl”
- Gibson, William, Neuromancer (1984)
- —— Count Zero (1986)
- —— Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)