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I am looking for the best sources for a consistent setting of a near-future Earth, extrapolating whatever one can conceivably extrapolate from the current state to something around 50 years into the future, and speculating where one cannot conceivably extrapolate. I would be okay if it were similar to ThS, but would consider the technological, economical and sociological changes of the last 10 years, but I would really like a source that is updated whenever new real-life developments cast doubt on the current predictions, because then it would not run into the problem outdating. (I don't mind if the predictions turn out false as long as I have no way of telling that from the perspective of now.)

  • GURPS Transhuman Space is pretty close to what I'm looking for, though I get the impression that it is starting to acquire patches of zeerust, in particular on the political front. Is there something out there noting how the setting would look like if it was published now, ten years later?

  • Other interesting resources are, which has a large number of predictions and is kept “up to date” (as far as that can be said about something dealing with the future), but is – as the name says – a timeline, listing future events in order, instead of drawing a consistent picture of the world at one particular point in the future.

  • Eclipse Phase has some interesting things in the book, in particular I consider the political and economical systems worth stealing, but the general post-apocalyptic feeling is not my goal, I'm looking more for the Before-Fall-40 state of affairs instead of the setting's After-Fall-10.

  • There are some very focused pieces that go in the right direction for my taste, but they give a small excerpt of “the setting” and may be good as inspiration, but don't paint the big picture I'm looking for. (Examples: Stross' Accelerando, thinking his Halting State further, some elements from Robinson's Mars trilogy; Random articles from the Singularity Institute; The FreeMarket RPG)

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FreeMarket explores the more societal changes of the near-future, but I don't think it's near enough for what you're looking for. – okeefe Nov 27 '12 at 2:46
FYI if this doesn't get a satisfying answer here, you might ask to have it migrated to SciFi.SE to see if it gets better answers there. – SevenSidedDie Nov 27 '12 at 6:00
@okeefe: FreeMarket is indeed interesting and probably later than what I'm looking for, and has some nice ideas on reputation economy which I might steal if I build this on my own. – Anaphory Nov 27 '12 at 11:23
@Anaphory You should check out Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom from which they borrowed a lot of ideas about reputation economies. – okeefe Nov 27 '12 at 20:22
@okeefe: Thanks for reminding me of that! I started reading it a long time ago, but never got very far. – Anaphory Nov 28 '12 at 9:16
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I recommend Alternate History Forums You will need to sign up and then you will have access to their Future History subforum which has dozens of hypothetical timelines into the near future.

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And nice: They have a wiki, the future stuff there is Will have a look. – Anaphory Nov 28 '12 at 0:55

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