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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

In Anthony Burgess's influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically inventive slang that evocatively renders his and his friends' intense reaction against their society.

Year: 1962
Genre: DystopianNear FutureSpeculative Fiction

    Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

Jason Taverner--world-famous talk show host and man-about-town--wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is--including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?

Year: 1974
Genre: Chase StoryNear FutureScience Fiction

    The Long Walk by Stephen King

In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules--keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out--permanently.

Year: 1979
Genre: Near FutureThriller

    Queen of Angels by Greg Bear

In a world of wonders, wealth, and "perfect" mental health, a famous poet commits gruesome murder . . . Why? That crime, that question, leads a policewoman to a jungle of torture and forgotten gods; a writer to the bohemian shadows of a vast city; and a scientist directly into the mind-the nightmare soul-of the psychopath himself . . .

Year: 1990
Genre: Hard SFNear FutureTechnological Thriller

    Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems--there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.

Year: 1994
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveNear FutureSatireSpeculative Fiction

 

 

Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1962 A Clockwork Orange   by Anthony Burgess
-- -- --1974 Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said   by Philip K. Dick
-- -- --1979 The Long Walk   by Stephen King
-- -- --1990 Queen of Angels   by Greg Bear
-- -- --1994 Gun, with Occasional Music   by Jonathan Lethem
-- -- --2004 Cloud Atlas   by David Mitchell
-- -- --2007 Sixty Days and Counting   by Kim Stanley Robinson
-- -- --2017 Artemis   by Andy Weir
-- -- --2017 Gnomon   by Nick Harkaway
-- -- --2017 walkaway   by Cory Doctorow