The timeline is restricted to a 'hard science'-based
general outline of our possible future history, while Perspectives has license to examine more speculative elements.
This page lists Perspectives dealing with mankind's future. To see similar treatments of past history (and pre-history), refer to Perspectives on the past.
Perspectives on 1990 AD- 2050 AD: America fails to cow the world; Contagions prove to be a much larger threat than expected; Terrorism grows in frequency and creativity; The results from SETI surprise both sides of the alien intelligence debate
J. Staute and the first immortal artificial intelligence, 1990 AD through 3450 AD outlines the birth of the first A.I. destined to function forever, and what that A.I. does in its earliest years.
What becomes the creator of the first immortal artificial intelligence? Reference notes on the life and times of J. Staute, 1960s AD through 2049 AD; The novel linked just below describes one result of confusion among time travelers stemming from two men with the same name existing in the late 20th century. One of these men ultimately creates a powerful A.I. which will eventually bring about the events described in the novel. The other man will one day document much of his experience of being caught up in this cosmic case of mistaken identity, in a historic document, later referenced by the time travelers.
This link offers more details about the man who created the A.I.
The Chance of a Realtime is a science fiction novel (based on the research behind the timeline and perspectives) which deals with time traveling among the years 1972 AD, 1990 AD, 2391 AD, 2483 AD, and 2823 AD. Jerry Staute (and you) get to see one possible future of the human race.
2015 AD: The (mostly) failed covert takeover of USAmerica has unraveled by now
The story of Kerri and Cluke, 2017 AD through 2615 AD; Kerri is a brilliant and beautiful (and unimaginably successful) thief of the 21st century. Cluke is a stolen and modified version of Staute's own potent A.I. Kerri figures out a way to live indefinitely. But being one of us (raised in the 21st century) she discovers future centuries to be much tougher to get a handle on. After a long struggle she manages to actually lose her physical body (it goes its own way), and get trapped in computers.
Lucky for Kerri, Cluke is like a super-intelligent and faithful dog. Cluke also manages to adapt to the future better than Kerri. So he fiercely protects her from her own mistakes, and then helps her find her footing as a disembodied entity...
2025 AD: The core remnant of the original Russia is becoming an important international player again
2030s AD-2040s AD: Some progress is being made in using quantum-physics to implement psychokinesis ("psi") type devices and effects
Perspectives on 2051 AD- 2100 AD: Washington D.C., Paris, Israel all become history; Privacy becomes essential; Angels and demons populate cyberspace; Diamond and gold investments crash
Perspectives on 2101 AD- 2300 AD: America falls from grace; Enslaved clones are common; Exploration of deep space begins in earnest
Perspectives on 2301 AD- 2500 AD: Long dead alien civilizations are found to surround Sol system; a lavish corporate virtual reality runs wild; a super being is born
The Pearsall Saga begins around 2270 AD. The Pearsalls are an old-fashioned married couple who decide to pursue fortune and glory via deep space exploration and prospecting. Over time, their trek will prove to be surprisingly important to the entire human race...
Perspectives on faster-than-light and time travel ("warp drive") technologies circa 2400 AD- 2450 AD. Or, how might a real Spock and Kirk truly get around the galaxy?
Perspectives on 2501 AD- 2800 AD: War between humanity and the AIs begins with the end of the world
Perspectives on 2801 AD- 3000 AD: The greatest race in history may determine who will dominate the civilizations of two galaxies
Perspectives on 3001 AD- 6000 AD: The race to claim the galactic core brings disaster and other unforeseen consequences; diversity among humanity's descendents escalates; breakthroughs in time travel are made
Perspectives on 6001 AD and beyond: The ultimate destiny of the universe