Books set in the future
The thing about fantasy is that it has to be set somewhere. If you don't want to set it in the present world, then the future is as good a place as any to hide it. And because it is fantasy, everyone's view of the future is totally different. These books do tend to be a bit grim, though. See my article 'Utopia'.
Books for older readers
Subsea settler Ty and Topsider Gemma join forces in an underwater adventure to find her lost brother and to track down the outlaw Seablite Gang.
Transported three hundred years into the future, Pat can’t get back unless he can break into the high security time cache to steal an ancient gadget.
Grim future for mankind where teenagers’ brains are farmed and harvested for inclusion in war game machines.
Zen Starling crosses into the void with Nova, the love of his life. Does he live happily ever after, or would he rather come home after all? Interstellar adventure.
Gorgeous interstellar express trains criss-cross the universe whisking small-time thief Zen Starling off on a little errand. Well, it’s not a big job, but it does have mega consequences.
Anaximander learns that there is nothing more human than to commit a sin.
Beware the Creep. A sickness affecting the nation's teenagers. Favourite technology becomes embedded in the flesh. Part boy part computer, outside of society.
Sol's father goes missing, accused of murder. And in the hunt for his father, Sol learns exactly how rotten is the world that he lives in. Rotten to the core.
Can the people from the City of Ember find a place to settle and live at peace with their neighbours?
The City of Ember is built to last, but the once bulging store rooms are empty now. What will the people do to help themselves?
In Erik's world, if you want to challenge authority, you do it in a computer game. So that's what Erik does...
The Pack look after their own, no matter how much effort it takes.
'We, Cosmo Hill, are the world's only Supernaturalists.'
Cosmo grinned weakly. 'What? You don't like clothes?'
'That's naturists, Cosmo. And nobody does that any more, not with the ozone layer spread thinner than cling film. We call ourselves Supernaturalists because we hunt supernatural creatures.'
A dystopia of political correctness, surveillance cameras and the European superstate.
Is Ryland bound to follow in his father's footsteps, or is there another way?
Desperate refugees from the last flooded places on earth are locked out of the New World Cities that tower above the ocean on massive stilts.
It's bound to stir things up if you fight your way to a position of power in a computer-controlled world, and then develop a social conscience . . .
It's not enough that these fostered children are low-caste, abnormal, dysfunctional, living in unapproved temporary dwelling places and scavenge in skips for a living - someone wants their body parts too.
There are the urban communities where life is protected and safe and the barbaric Outside, with a fence down the middle. But does the fence keep you in or them out?
Society has opted not to bother to learn history so that it doesn't have to face up to all those uncomfortable memories. But there's still a memory bank and someone has to be in charge of it.
Global warming floods East Anglia, and quite a lot of the rest of the world, and society disintegrates into primitive bands.
Serious retelling of a Viking saga set in a London of the future. Bloodcurdling.