Inspiration for 2020

Because larps go much easier if you write them a year in advance, here’s some historical inspiration from Wikipedia for next year. If you like to live dangerously and write for the year ahead, 2019’s list is here.

Just out of copyright (in NZ)

  • Day of the Triffids (and everything by John Wyndham)

Set in 2020

  • Cyberpunk 2020
  • Terrahawks
  • Pacific Rim


  • Film: Toy Story, Braveheart, 12 Monkeys, The Usual Suspects
  • TV: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek: Voyager, American Gothic, Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth version), Father Ted. Rainbow ends.
  • Games: Heroes of Might and Magic
  • Books: The Golden Compass, The Diamond Age


  • The first Earth Day
  • Apollo 13
  • Kent State massacre
  • Work starts on the Kola Superdeep Borehole
  • Film: Airport, MAS*H
  • TV: UFO, The Goodies
  • Books: Ringworld, Fantastic Mr Fox


  • End of WWII. V-E day, Trinity, Hiroshima and all that
  • Books: The Three Railway Engines (the first Thomas the Tank Engine book!), Animal Farm, Brideshead Revisited, The Moomins and the Great Flood


  • USA: The red scare, prohibition, and women’s suffrage
  • Film: The Mark of Zorro, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Books: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, R.U.R: Rossum’s Universal Robots, Black Mask magazine
  • Births: Isaac Asimov?, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Richard Adams, P. D. James, Christopher Robin Milne


  • Arrhenius presents “On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon The Temperature of the Ground”
  • murder of Bridget Cleary (there’s a dark fairy tale in that, surely)
  • Books: The Time Machine, The King in Yellow
  • Births: Ngaio Marsh, Robert Graves


  • The Paris Commune
  • Unification of Italy
  • First performance of Die Walküre
  • Books: 20,000 Lagues Under the Sea, Around the Moon
  • Deaths: Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas


  • The Franklin Expedition sets sail and is last seen.
  • Start of the Irish potato famine
  • NZ: The flagstaff war and burning of Kororareka
  • Literature: The Raven, The Count of Monte Cristo


  • British Regency ends
  • Cato Street Conspiracy
  • Births: Anne Bronte
  • Deaths: Joseph Banks


  • Cook circumnavigates NZ
  • Births: William Wordsworth
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