A Dim View of ’19

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That’s what the ’80s had.

It was dystopias as far as the eye could see:

Blade Runner (’82), The Running Man (’87) and Akira (’88) are all set in 2019.

It seems the stress of the Cold War-ending Reagan era was a sweet-spot match with the (more or less) single generation distance of that future date. Not so near it’s not believable, but close enough to still cause anxiety.

The post-apocalyptic — notwithstanding The Day After and Threads — was not what it had been in its Golden Age of the ’70s. There was going to be a future after all. Sadly it would be less than ideal.


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