The 1972 book Futures Conditional contains essays and lists from many different futurists of the era. This list of headlines of the near future, by Billy Rojas, presents readers with events that will "probably happen - in some cases undoubtedly happen - although not necessarily in the order presented."
Chiang Kai-shek dead in Taiwan; new regime is created that seeks to "modernize" Formosa. Ten year plan to replace most ideographs with Roman letters is announced. Major effort is made to organize "overseas" Chinese - the millions is southeast Asia, the tens of thousands in America - into a series of formalized trade associations.
Safe cigarettes invented: Lorillard stock advances 20 points in one day.
Chicago firm begins marketing robot "housekeepers": mechanical mice to vacuum rugs and clean floors, automated kitchens that prepare hot meals according to consumer specifications, etc.
Team of Muskie and Adlai Stevenson III defeats Republicans for Presidency.
J.Edgar Hoover resigns post as head of FBI.
Astronauts find evidence of sub-cellular life on the moon - two billion years ago.
Jackie divorces Ari; she plans to marry David Brinkley.
New Jersey becomes first state to legalize marijuana.
Stones break up. New music stirs U.S.; Cheyenne native rock-and-tom-tom group tops charts.
Peace settlement reached in Middle East; version of Allon plan adopted on a "phase-out" basis; Israel-Jordan to become joint secular state.
Mao-Tse-tung suffers heart attack in China. Succeeded by Chou En-Lai. Red Guard "party" forms to challenge authority of the government, cultural revolution becomes an underground movement.
Hovercraft "grass highway" bonds approved by Congress: Boston-Richmond route.
Haile Selassie dies in Washington hospital. His death removes last obstacle to United States in East Africa, a new nation made up of the former states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda.
South Sudan secedes from Arab Federation; civil war erupts as rebels receive encouragement and aid from Addis Ababa.
Houston doctor discloses discovery of selective memory-erasing drug.
Reagan defeated by 350,000 votes.
Rescue in space; Russians save Americans endangered on orbiting space platform.
U. of Oklahoma student disorders reach insurrection proportions; social science building destroyed, 4 police, 18 students killed.
"Electro-pop," completely synthetic beverage starts a new food craze: Electro-snax, Electro-suppers are marketed.
First space hospital (4 "beds") established by U.S.S.R.
Socialists return to power in Britain.
Cabinet restructure in U.S., new secretaries of Education, Environment.
Sex-selection industry booms. Chemical treatments enable prospective parents to predetermine sex of offspring.
Allard Lowenstein defeats Buckley in N.Y. Senate contest.
Temporary lunar base set up by U.S. - 6 men, 2 months.
Famine conditions worsen in India, Java. Communist revolution develops.
Sexual intercourse allowed in Yale sex ed. classes. Harvard follows suit.
Brazilian church secedes from Rome; "second reformation" as Dutch, some Americans, also walk out.
Tito dies in Yugoslavia, unsuccessful leftist coup to oust hand-picked successor.
Religious revival reported in Africa: Nigeria, Dahomey, Ivory Coast, Guinea become Baha'i countries.
Japanese firm announces opening of sea-chains, series of floating cities to accommodate 10,000 people each; located in Polynesia.
Police force retired in Seattle; replaced by paid, plain clothes community people.
First "time traveler." Star of ten-year hibernation for Minneapolis man.
Radio signals from vicinity of 41 Y Cygni indicate intelligent life in the universe.
Laser "arrays" used by commercial ships to navigate Antarctic waters; business firms start pilot plants on southernmost continent.
U.S. court system reformed. New features include "maximum wait law" - no more than 30 days between arrest and trial - and "obsolete statute law" - any law on the books is retired after 20 years unless specifically renewed by legislative act.
Sea City 2000 (1979)
The Future of Leisure That Never Arrived (New York Times, 2007)
Space Colony Possible (The News, 1975)
Civilized Adultery (1970)
Space Colony Pirates (1981)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 1 (1970)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 2 (1970)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 3 (1970)
Closer Than We Think! Robot Housemaid (1959)