Mark your calendar: Thirteen sci-fi dates that tell us to fear the future

April 20, 2011 | 11:00 a.m.
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'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' - April 21, 2011: Skynet becomes self-aware and begins “Judgement Day,” its nuclear attack on and enslavement of the human race, unless Sarah Connor and company can stop it. (Cathy Kanaly/Fox Broadcasting Co.)

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'The X-Files' - Dec. 22, 2012: Aliens colonize the earth, as discovered by Fox Mulder in the show’s final episodes. Mulder sneaks into an intelligence station at the Mount Weather military complex, finds a file marked “End Game" and the date Dec. 22, 2012, but has to fight off a super-soldier and doesn’t get the chance to read it. Later, the cigarette-smoking man fills in the blanks for the supernatural sleuths.

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'The Postman' - 2013: We're back to snail mail after civilization has nearly destroyed itself in war. A drifter finds a mailbag and a postal uniform and uses his new-found pony express to start an uprising, taking down the fascist Holnists and restoring the United States government. (Ben Glass/Warner Bros./Reuters)

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'Back to the Future, Part 2' - Oct. 21, 2015: We get hoverboards! Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly arrive in the DeLorean time machine, straight from 1985, in an attempt to save Marty’s future kids from lives of crime. Marty immediately gets in a fist fight with bully Biff Tannen's cyber-grandson, Griff, but escapes after an awesome hoverboard chase. (Universal City Studios, Inc.)

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'Blade Runner' - Nov. 2019: Human clones are on the loose. Ex-LA cop Rick Deckard gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants - humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs - who hijacked a spaceship to return to earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corporation. (The Blade Runner Partnership)

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'Soylent Green' - 2022: Eat your neighbors. NYPD Detective Robert Thorn investigates the murder of the president of Soylent, the company that produces processed rations in an overpopulated Earth, now void of natural foods. He finds himself marked for assassination by government when he gets too close to discovering Soylent’s secret ingredient. (Los Angeles Times file photo)

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'Children of Men' - Hide your kids. When humans have become infertile, activist-turned-bureaucrat Theo Faron is recruited by an anti-establishment group to protect the first woman to become pregnant in 18 years. (Jaap Buitendijk/Universal Studios)

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'Demolition Man' - Aug. 3, 2032: Evil crime lord Simon Phoenix escapes from cryo-prison during a parole hearing and lets loose on the nonviolent future city San Angeles. SAPD thaws Phoenix’s old nemesis John Spartan, a cop who was frozen for involuntary manslaughter in 1996, to catch him. Freezing, decapitation and explosions ensue. (Warner Bros.)

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'Star Trek: First Contact' - April 5, 2063: Humans make first contact with an alien race - the Vulcans - after Zefram Cochrane invents the warp drive, allowing for faster-than-light travel to the stars. (Elliott Marks/Paramount Pictures)

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'Avatar' - Aug. 18, 2154: Marine Jake Sully leads the united Na’vi clans in an epic battle against their would-be exterminators in U.S. military. They successfully fight bombs with arrows, making psychedelic Pandora safe for future generations of sexy, pony-tailed smurfs. (Twentieth Century Fox)

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'Firefly' - May 2511: Centuries after humans have fled earth and colonized other worlds, the border planets’ bid to secede from the big bad Alliance is squashed. Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds and Corporal Zoe Alleyne make a last stand for the Independents in the Battle of Serenity Valley. (Michael Lavine/Fox Broadcasting Co.)

Don’t bother making weekend plans — armageddon arrives Thursday. If you go by the lore of “Terminator” and the timeline set down by “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” the artificial intelligence of Skynet — the computer system commanding the entire U.S. military arsenal – went online Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. and began a 48-hour sequence of events that, well, doesn’t end well for us flesh-and-bone types. As you read this, Skynet is learning at an exponential rate and will soon recruit iPods, microwaves and missiles for its Thursday attack against humanity. If by some chance all of this doesn’t happen Thursday, we’re not out of the woods yet. After years of doomsday fantasy and fear-the-future science fiction, there are plenty of other red-letter days to mark down:.
April 21, 2011 — Beware your gadgets “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008-2009): Skynet becomes self-aware and begins “Judgment Day,” its nuclear attack on and enslavement of the human race, unless Sarah Connor and company can stop the rise of the machines.
Dec. 22, 2012 — They won’t come in peace The X-Files” (1993-2002):  The date of the planned alien colonization, as discovered by Fox Mulder in the show’s final episodes. Mulder sneaks into an intelligence station at the Mt. Weather military complex, finds a file marked “End Game” and the date Dec. 22, 2012, but has to fight off a super-soldier and doesn’t get the chance to read it. Later, the cigarette-smoking man fills in the blanks for the supernatural sleuths.

2013 – We’re back to snail mail: “The Postman” (1997): After civilization has nearly destroyed itself in war, a drifter finds a mailbag and a postal uniform and uses his new-found pony express to start an uprising, taking down the fascist Holnists and restoring the United States government.

Oct. 21, 2015 – There’s still hope for hoverboards “Back to the Future, Part 2″ (1989): Emmett “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly arrive in the DeLorean time machine, straight from 1985, in an attempt to save Marty’s future kids from lives of crime. Marty immediately gets in a fistfight with bully Biff Tannen’s cyber-grandson, Griff, but escapes after an awesome hoverboard chase.

November 2019 — Look out for the skin jobs “Blade Runner” (1982): Ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants — humanoid clones created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs — who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp.

2020 — There will be dinosaurs “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet” (1965) : After the moon has been colonized, a group of astronauts, a cosmonaut and a robot head for Venus, where they are attacked by prehistoric beasts, survive a volcanic eruption and find artifacts that indicate the Venusians might still be hanging around.

2022 – Eat your neighbors “Soylent Green” (1973): NYPD Det. Robert Thorn investigates the murder of the president of Soylent, the company that produces processed rations for an overpopulated Earth, now void of natural foods. He finds himself marked for assassination by the government when he gets too close to discovering Soylent’s secret ingredient.

2027 — Hide your kids “Children of Men” (2006): When humans have become infertile, activist-turned-bureaucrat Theo Faron is recruited by an anti-establishment group to protect the first woman to become pregnant in 18 years.

Aug. 3, 2032 – Give crime the cold shoulder “Demolition Man” (1993): Evil crime lord Simon Phoenix escapes from cryo-prison during a parole hearing and lets loose on the nonviolent future city San Angeles. SAPD thaws Phoenix’s old nemesis John Spartan, a cop who was frozen for involuntary manslaughter in 1996, to catch him. Freezing, decapitation and explosions ensue.

April 5, 2063 — Live long and prosper “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996): Humans make first contact with an alien race — the Vulcans — after Zefram Cochrane invents the warp drive, allowing for faster-than-light travel to the stars.

2150 — Exterminate, exterminate! “Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” (1966) : The Doctor arrives via TARDIS to find London in ruins and the Daleks digging to the Earth’s core, which they plan to punch out and replace with a motor to pilot the planet back to Skaro. The Doctor teams up with the resistance fighters and destroys the Daleks. Again.

Aug. 18, 2154 — Think blue “Avatar” (2009) : Marine Jake Sully leads the united Na’vi clans in an epic battle against their would-be exterminators in the U.S. military. They successfully fight bombs with arrows, making psychedelic Pandora safe for future generations of sexy, pony-tailed smurfs.

May 2511 — Hide your Browncoats “Firefly” (2002): Sgt Malcolm Reynolds and Cpl. Zoe Alleyne make a last stand for the Independents in the Battle of Serenity Valley. Centuries after humans have fled Earth and colonized other worlds, the border planets’ bid to secede from the big bad Alliance is squashed.

– Noelene Clark

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9 Responses to Mark your calendar: Thirteen sci-fi dates that tell us to fear the future

  1. Sophie says:

    ~sigh. Michael Fassbender is too lovely.

  2. Passha says:

    If you really watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,you know -this date incorrect :)
    It was Derek Reese date of armageddon and it was canselled by all the things they did in series :)
    So NO FATE !

  3. Jane says:

    Yes, Mr. Fassbender is indeed lovely. Too bad we already past 2001-A Space Odessey and its follow-up 2010 (travel to the moon, living on the moon and travel to Jupiter). Still waiting.

  4. Doomsayer says:

    You left out the obvious one… Roland Emmerich's 2012!

  5. Brett says:

    Another fantasy-related date would be May 21, 2011, according to the billboards I've been seeing all over town. Some guy from the past is supposed to reappear; apparently it's a big deal.

  6. oakmonster says:

    Well, I think SkyNet date is a little off. The machines are already trying to kill us. Proof? Our Garmin tried to run our car into the river while in New Zealand 2 weeks ago. And we have video to prove it.

  7. richard schumacher says:

    You left out the granddaddy of them all: October 12, 802701, when The Time Traveler arrives to meet the Eloi and the Morlocks. (Also my GF's birthday.)

  8. DAN ABELLA says:

    Dec 21 , 2012, the aliens arrive… XF3 and Mulder to the rescue

    THE MULDER CHRONICLES -FACEBOOK

  9. dallas says:

    The forgot 2062
    The Jetsons

    LOL

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