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Science fiction and other related fields of fiction are often set in the future, or at least involve events in times that have not yet occurred at the time the story comes out. This list is a chronological collection of significant events from various works of such fiction. It includes some events that were set in the future when the fiction containing them was first written but which have now been overtaken by real history, becoming a form of alternative history or failed prediction in the process.

It is rarely true that science fiction writers are seriously attempting prediction — the needs of the story are usually the primary concern, and science fiction stories are often more about the present in which they are written than the future in which they are supposedly set. Nevertheless, below are some notable fictional visions of the-future-that-never-was-and-probably-won't-be.

The following timeline is set into three parts. The first is titled "The Past and Near Future" which included dates that we have already passed up to the end of the current century. The section entitled "The Future" is one of the most commonly explored in science fiction take place between the year 2100 and 10,000 CE. The third section is "The Far Future" which takes place between 10,000 until the end of the universe. Both the last two sections are self-explanatory and are entitled "The End of Time" and "Beyond the End of Time".

The Past and Near Future[]

19th century[]

  • 1865: Impey Barbicane of the Baltimore Gun Club declares he has calculated a mean to go to the Moon utilizing a specialized capsule and cannon. He is challenged in this claim by  Captain Nicholl of Philadelphia, and to settle the bet, Barbicane, Nicholl, and a Third man, Michel Ardan, a French Adventurer, construct and successfully launch the capsule, but due to a chance encounter with an Astroid, are unable to Land on The Moon, and instead orbit it and return to Earth. - From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
  • 1868: A fantastic submarine boat, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo (who eventually gets lost and has to be found by his father), creates havoc amongst shipping in the South Seas - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, 1870.
  • 1877: A passing comet rips people, land, and air off the Earth. The small group takes refuge in a volcano on Comet Gallia. Calculating passing Saturn and a return to Earth in two years, the group begins to build a makeshift balloon and gondola - Off On a Comet by Jules Verne.
  • 1880: Prof. Von Hardwigg and his party descend into an Icelandic mountain in search of missing explorer Arne Saknussem and discover an unknown sea world with monsters - Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, 1864. *(In the 1959 film, he is known as Prof. Lindenbrook)
  • 1894: The Time Traveller sets the levers on his machine in motion, for his journa ey to the future - The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, 1895.
  • 1900: The Astronef stories by George Griffith.

20th century[]

  • 1902
    • In a gun-launched capsule, French astronomers take A Trip to the Moon and escape from Selenites - Georges Melies' B&W fantasy, 1902.
  • 1905
    • Martian three-legged ' fighting machines ' invade southern England in The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (written in 1898).
  • 1910
    • When the orbit of Comet Halley intersects with the Earth, catastrophe ensues, but the comet gases cause an alteration of human psychology to a more rational thought-process - as revealed In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells (written in 1906).
  • 1917
    • March 5 - British RFC Flt. Lt. Decker is lost over France - and flies through a white cloud - but returns unexpectedly, a changed man. The Twilight Zone episode The Last Flight.
    • September 9 - George, the Time Traveller, encounters his friend Filby, but it's Filby's now-grown son James, who advises his father was lost in the Great War - George Pal's production The Time Machine, 1960.
  • 1920
    • Events of Pirates of 1920, a film from 1911.
  • 1925
    • The U.S. Postal Service faces air piracy from the Death Head Aerial Squadron. (The Great Air Robbery, a film from 1920).
  • 1932
  • 1939
    • Global Airlines 33 leaves the Jurassic Age in its hope to return to 1961. Instead, the jet airliner is flying over the 1939 New York World's Fair. - "The Odyssey of Flight 33" from The Twilight Zone
  • 1940
    • At the home of Everytown resident John Cabal, his contemporaries discuss the prospect of war. But Cabal interjects ' If we don't end war, war will end us '. Then over the wireless, reports announce that enemy bombers are approaching - H. G. Wells' film Things to Come, 1936
    • June 10 - Thinking he's having a problem with his machine, George halts his progress in time-travel and is stunned to witness ' flying machines ' battling above London - George Pal's production The Time Machine, 1960.
  • 1950
    • Politicians and engineers battle themselves, deception, and nature in the quest to build an undersea tunnel from England to the US - Transatlantic Tunnel, 1935.
  • 1951
    • An air force crew and scientists at Polar Expedition Six, the Arctic, discover a crashed saucer and fight for their lives against an 8-foot, plant-based, humanoid alien - The Thing From Another World.
    • A saucer suddenly lands in a Washington D.C. field, and a humanoid visitor steps out, with a message for Humanity. He's preceded by a towering silver robot, whom the visitor calls Gort - The Day The Earth Stood Still, based upon Harry Bates ' short story Farewell to the Master, 1940.
  • 1952
    • The Battle of Trafalgar Square between the "civic bourgeois guard" and the workers triggers social reform in Great Britain (News from Nowhere, 1890).
    • The U.S. government adopts the designs of von Braun and Willy Ley, establishing the National Council of Astronautics and the US Space Force - Man Conquers Space 2006.
  • 1955
    • November 15 - Doc Brown falls and hits his head. He then has a vision of a mechanism allowing for time travel, the Flux Capacitor - Back to the Future, 1985.
  • 1959
    • British RFC flyer Decker emerges from a cloud to land his SPAD XIII at a modern USAF base in France, unprepared to encounter an old friend he'd deserted - The Twilight Zone episode The Last Flight.
  • The 1960s
    • Ingsoc comes to power and forms the state of Oceania (George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four) (approximate date).
    • Seeds of a semi-nuclear Little War begin to sprout; over decades, it will destroy Washington D.C. and surrounding areas (novel version of Logan's Run).
  • 1961
    • Capt. Farver and the New York-bound flight of Global Airlines 33 find themselves drastically increasing speed in The Twilight Zone episode The Odyssey of Flight 33.
    • The winged Saturn launch vehicle completes Wheel Space Station 1, operational with a crew of 45. Eagle One lands on the Moon July 1963, followed by Eagle Two and Eagle Three - Man Conquers Space, 2006.
  • 1964
    • Trent, a man with a glass hand and no memories, is hunted by aliens from a thousand years in the future - Harlan Ellison's Demon with a Glass Hand, episode of The Outer Limits
  • 1966
    • August 11 - The Time Traveller encounters his old friend's son James again, now elderly, just before a nuclear explosion - George Pal's production The Time Machine, 1960.
    • After three decades of global war, a great plague wipes out most of the people on Earth. (Things to Come film, 1936)
  • 1967
    • A computer malfunction sends a group of American nuclear bombers on an attack course toward Moscow. (The novel version of Fail-Safe)
  • The 1970s
    • A possible setting of Doctor Who's "UNIT Era". It is also possible that it takes place during the 1980s.
  • 1970
    • An older John Cabal, a member of the global 'Wings Over the World', lands his flying wing aeroplane in world-war torn Everytown. He advises that peace has arrived, but the town's head, 'The Boss', does not approve. (Things to Come film, 1936)
    • A UFO lands in the UK and the aliens onboard murder a young woman to harvest her organs. Her brother escapes the slaughter. In ten years (1980), the victim's brother will serve aboard the jet-launching submarine Skydiver, as part of the secret global taskforce S.H.A.D.O. Meanwhile, US Air Force Colonel Edward Straker also survives an alien attack upon his military motorcade. In ten years, he will be the Commander-in-Chief of S.H.A.D.O. (UFO).
  • 1972
    • February - Astronaut George Taylor and three other volunteers (John Landon, Dodge, and Stewart) depart Earth from Cape Kennedy on a mission that will take them 2,000 years into the future. (Planet of the Apes)
  • 1973
    • Designed by Adm. Harriman Nelson (USN-Ret), the nuclear super sub USOS Seaview, with its transparent hull-plating 'window' nose section, undergoes radio silence and deep-diving trials in the Arctic Ocean.
  • 1974
    • Seven Days in May: an Attempted military coup against the President of the United States takes place.
  • The 1980s
    • A possible setting of Doctor Who's "UNIT Era".
    • A manmade superflu breaks out and kills 99.4 percent of the population of the planet (The Stand by Stephen King).
  • 1980
    • After decades in space, the Battlestar Galactica and its ragtag fugitive fleet finally arrive at late 20th century Earth (Galactica 1980).
    • The primary events of the British series, UFO, take place, in which a secret global taskforce dubbed S.H.A.D.O. protects Earth from hostile aliens via land, sea, and space.
  • 1983
    • The crew and passengers of the sub-orbital spacecraft "Spindrift" encounter an interdimensional rift and are plunged into the Land of the Giants.
    • Events of Stranger Things.
  • 1984
    • April - Winston Smith, a secretly rebellious file clerk in the Ministry of Truth, is arrested and tortured by Big Brother (Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and its two film versions).
    • The first T-800 series Terminator arrives in this year in an attempt to prevent the birth of resistance leader John Connor by killing his mother Sarah before he is even conceived. The John Connor of 2029 sends Kyle Reese back to defend Sarah from the Terminator. He knows that Reese, though doomed, will fall in love with his mother and is, in fact, his father (The Terminator).
    • 1985
    • October 26-Dr. Emmet Brown completes his time machine. (Back To The Future)
  • 1986
    • March 25 - An on-course NASA never embraces the shuttle program. Leaving from the orbiting Aries command module, the Challenger excursion module lands in Mangala Valley, Mars - Voyage by Stephen Baxter, 1997.
    • The planet Mondas approaches Earth orbit with an invading force of Cybermen, but they are stopped by the Doctor and his companions (Doctor Who: "The Tenth Planet").
  • 1987
    • November: Civilization on Earth is devastated by a nuclear war, cause unknown. (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television series)
  • 1988
    • A flying saucer carrying enslaved aliens ("Newcomers") crashlands in the Mojave desert. (Alien Nation movie)
    • A wall is built around Manhattan Island, creating the one maximum security penitentiary for the entire country. (Escape from New York)
  • 1992
    • January 12 - HAL 9000 becomes operational (2001: A Space Odyssey movie)
    • Khan Noonien Singh rises to power, assuming dictatorial control from South Asia to the Middle East. (Star Trek episode Space Seed)
    • Events of Barnard's Planet.
    • The year in which the living energy structure called the Mandragora Helix will be in a position to attack Earth again, as predicted by the Fourth Doctor (Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora).
  • 1993
  • 1994
    • The first British space station, while under construction, narrowly avoids destruction by a Soviet missile. (The Outward Urge)
    • Sep. 27: Physics student Quinn Mallory, attempting to create an anti-gravity device, but instead ended up creating a portal to other dimensions, and getting himself and his friends stuck sliding out in the multiverse. (Note: Although the pilot episode for Sliders aired on Mar. 22, 1995, the date is given in the episode is Sep. 27; creator Tracy Torme seemed to intend this date to be in 1994.) [1]
  • 1995
    • Doctor Samuel Beckett steps into the Quantum Leap Accelerator and vanishes. (the show ran from 1989 to 1993) [2]
    • Solid Snake disbands Outer Heaven and defeats his commander, Big Boss. (Metal Gear)
    • T-1000 is sent by Skynet to kill John Connor, and a reprogrammed T-800 is also sent to protect him. John, Sarah Connor, and T-800 blow up Cyberdyne Systems Corporation and destroy the remains of the "original" Terminator, supposedly preventing Judgment Day (Terminator 2: Judgment Day- supposed date, since John is 10 years old).
  • 1996
    • The Eugenics Wars end. (Star Trek episode Space Seed)
    • Todd, the main character of Soldier, is born.
    • Rouge's Malady kills hundreds of thousands of postpubertal human females. (Crimes of the Future)
  • 1997
    • Events of Escape from New York.
    • October 16 The Robinson family departs from Earth aboard the Jupiter II spacecraft and becomes Lost In Space.
    • In the 2001 book, HAL 9000 is activated.
    • Aug. 29, 1997: An event labeled "Judgment Day" occurs where machines become sentient and begin a war against humans. This date is ultimately revised and pushed back due to time travel. (The Terminator)
  • 1998
    • The Umbrella Corporation conducts experiments on the citizens of Raccoon City using the Tyrant Virus, or T-Virus for short, which is a mutagenic virus developed to create Bio-Organic Weapons or BOWs for short. (Resident Evil)
  • 1999
    • September 13 - Nuclear waste dumped on the far side of the Moon explodes, sending the Moon hurtling into deep space carrying Moonbase Alpha along with it (Space: 1999)
    • Astronauts discover an alien monolith on the Moon (the prologue of the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact).
    • Quantum Leap: At one point, Sam Beckett briefly returns home from traveling through time. At another point, Al tries to interrogate Lee Harvey Oswald to find out what happened in the 1960s when Sam leaps into him. At another point, killer Leon Stiles escapes from the Waiting Room, and Al must bring him back. (Note: The dates listed in the series often conflict with each other. "The Leap Back" is supposed to take place on Sep. 18, 1999, but "Lee Harvey Oswald" -- which aired a year later -- takes place in February 1999. And "Oswald" contains references to "The Leap Back"! Thus, while it's likely that "The Leap Back" took place on a different date than said in the episode, no other canon date is given, so we must list it as taking place sometime during this year. The events with Leon Stiles, in the episode "Killin' Time," also take place in 1999.)
    • December 31 - The Earth is nearly pulled inside out when the renegade Time Lord known as the Master opens the Eye of Harmony in the newly regenerated Doctor's TARDIS (Doctor Who television movie).
    • December 31 - Phillip J. Fry is cryogenically frozen and sent 1000 years into the future. (Futurama)
  • 199X
    • All Year - The world is saved from the alien menace known as Giygas by 4 young children, led by Onett native, Ness, with PSI powers and friendship. (EarthBound)
  • 2000
    • Efficient international flight has been achieved by fleets of dirigibles, controlled by the Aerial Board of Control (With the Night Mail and As Easy as A.B.C. by Rudyard Kipling)
    • Massive overpopulation has occurred (Make Room, Make Room by Harry Harrison and film Soylent Green)

21st century[]

  • 2001
    • A time quake occurs, sending the citizens of the world back to 1991, where they must relive their lives in autopilot for ten years. (Timequake)
    • An extraterrestrial obelisk found on the Moon, prompting an investigation flight to Jupiter (Saturn in the book), which is sabotaged by HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick] The film's sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, offers a slightly different timeline, placing the discovery of the lunar monolith in 1999, and the Discovery voyage in 2001.
  • 2002
    • Eighteen months after the finding of a buried lunar anomaly, the manned nuclear spacecraft USSC Discovery XD-1 continues to Jupiter to investigate another anomaly - 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2004
    • Supposedly the year that Max Headroom takes place.
    • Also supposedly the year in which the global warming events of The Day After Tomorrow occurs.
    • July - T-850, and T-X arrive, sent by the resistance and Skynet, respectively. Judgment Day now occurs on July 24. (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • 2005
  • 2006
    • March - A spaceship crashes into the River Thames, triggering a worldwide red alert as part of a scheme by the alien Slitheen to turn the Earth into a radioactive fuel dump (Doctor Who - Aliens of London/World War Three).
    • September 28 - Lex Luthor uses a Kryptonian crystal embedded in kryptonite to create a new landmass in the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in blackouts and earthquakes along the East Coast. (Superman Returns)
    • December 25 - the Guinevere One probe is due to land on Mars, but goes missing as the alien Sycorax invade Earth - Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion.
  • 2009
    • Max Guevera and 11 other transgenics escape from the government facility code-named Manticore; months later, terrorists detonate an electro-magnetic pulse device that devastates civilization. Dark Angel
    • June 1 - The Pulse, the deployment of an EMP weapon, destroys a significant amount of the computer-based infrastructure in the U.S., in turn leading to economic and social breakdown across the country. (Dark Angel)
    • October 19 - The giant solar flare destroys the planet Earth. (Knowing)
  • 2010
    • Events of 2010: Odyssey Two. David Bowman, now a magnetic being, returns to Earth, and later on, merges with HAL 9000. Jupiter explodes, forming Lucifer, a small sun.
    • John Boone becomes the first human to set foot on Mars at age 38. (Mars trilogy)
    • Lisa Simpson gets engaged but ultimately calls off her wedding (The Simpsons episode: Lisa's Wedding - 1995)
  • 2012
    • In an underground bunker in Utah, a Dalek, the last of its race, gets loose and kills 200 people before it is stopped (Doctor Who - Dalek)
    • December 22 - Alien colonization begins on Earth. (The X-Files)
  • 2013
    • Events of Escape from L.A.
  • 2014
    • Early January - A short conflict between Mexican Loyalists, Mexican Rebels, and U.S. Armed Forces takes place. (Tom Clancy Video Game Universe)
    • February  7 - Sochi Winter Olympics set to begin. (Tom Clancy Video Game Universe)
    • May - Rick Deckard joins the LAPD. (Blade Runner)
    • June 22 - Raul Melendez, begins his propaganda campaign. (Black Ops II)
    • September - Harry Bryant promoted to the Chief Inspector of the Replicant Detection Division. (Blade Runner)
    • October - Dave Holden becomes a Blade Runner. (Blade Runner)
  • 2015
    • October 21 - Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward in time from the year 1985 to the year 2015. (Back to the Future Part II, made in 1989)
  • 2016
    • January 8 - Replicant Roy Batty birth (Blade Runner)
  • 2017
  • 2019
    • The events of the first season of the TV series Dark Angel.
    • The year the microprocessor becomes obsolete, being replaced by SMT — Single-Molecule Transfer technology, according to the 2005 Doctor Who episode The Long Game.
    • November - In polluted, rainy L.A., former Blade Runner officer Rick Deckard is picked up by Gaff in a flying Police Spinner, to do one more job - Blade Runner, 1982
    • Events of Akira
  • 2020
    • Arno Stark, the future wearer of the Iron Man armor, travels back in time to battle Spider-Man.
  • 2021
    • January 17 - In Johnny Mnemonic (1995), society is deeply engaged in a virtual Internet, which has a degenerative effect.
    • P.D. James's dystopian novel The Children of Men (1992) is set in the England of 2021, where the UK has abolished democracy and mass infertility plagues humanity.
    • In The Terminator (1984), while under LAPD interrogation in 1984, Kyle Reese (played by actor Michael Biehn) states that 2021 was the year he joined the human resistance.
    • In Moon Zero Two (1969), Earth's Moon is in the process of being colonized.
    • In Cowboy Bebop (anime, 1998), the first astral gate is constructed, allowing interplanetary travel.
    • In Transcendence (2014), scientists work to create a sentient computer, which would create a technological singularity.
  • 2022
    • New York City has become overpopulated with 40 million starving citizens. (Soylent Green)
    • Mars 2 Recovery is en route to investigate the non-response of the Mars-1 Crew - Mission to Mars
  • 2024
    • Simulated reality is the basis for the events in The Thirteenth Floor (based on 1964 novel Simulacron-3)
  • 2025
    • T.C. Boyle's novel A Friend of the Earth (2000) is set in the USA of the year 2025.
    • The Running Man (1982 novel by Richard Bachman) takes place in 2025.
  • 2026
    • The events of the film Metropolis, 1927.
  • 2029
    • Events of Ghost In The Shell
    • A T-800 is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor in The Terminator.
  • 2030
    • Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive, is born (Star Trek).
    • May 24 - Time Traveller Alex Hartdegen stops briefly to find answers in future NYC - Simon Wells' production The Time Machine, 2002
    • United States legal drama, Century City is set starting in this year.
  • 2031
    • The submarine SeaQuest DSV suddenly re-appears in this year - series
    • Mega-City One is founded. (Judge Dredd)
    • The Loc-Nar is featured at the Metropolitan in New York July 3-31 (Heavy Metal)
  • 2032
    • Events of the last season of SeaQuest DSV.
    • John Spartan and Simon Phoenix are revived. (Demolition Man, film 1996)
    • July 4 - John Connor is killed by a T-850. (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • 2033
    • October 28 - The T-850 that killed John Connor in 2032 is captured, reprogrammed and sent back to 2004. {Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • 2035
    • On the eve of man's first flight to the Moon, an uprising against progress becomes violent. (Things to Come film, 1936)
    • Events depicted in the movie I, Robot occur.
  • 2036
    • Citizens against progress rise in an attempt to stop the Space Gun and its launch of a pair of young explorers - (Things to Come film, 1936)
  • 2037
    • August 20 - Time traveler Alex Hartdegen abruptly stops, witnessing a Lunar catastrophe raining down on Earth - Simon Wells' production The Time Machine, 2002
  • 2044
    • In Ready Player One, Wade Watts finds an easter egg in the ever so popular "OASIS" virtual reality video game left behind from the dead creator, resulting in Wade getting billions of dollars.
  • The 2050s
    • The decade in which the future crime drama Minority Report takes place.
  • 2050
    • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak eclipses oldspeak.
  • 2053
    • In Star Trek, Earth is devastated by World War III.
  • 2058
  • 2060
    • The United nations space ship Unity is launched from Earth "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri"
  • 2061
    • Events of 2061: Odyssey Three.
    • May 14 - "The Last Question" is first asked of the computer Multivac, in the Isaac Asimov story of that title. On the same date, according to the same story, Earth becomes fully powered by solar energy, eliminating the need for consumption of fossil fuels.
  • 2063
    • The events of the TV series Space: Above and Beyond begin in this year (Terran-Chig wars)
    • April 5: In Star Trek, Zefram Cochrane makes the first human warp flight with the Phoenix. This attracts the Vulcans and they make the first contact with humans. The experience also changes Dr. Cochrane considerably.
    • in the PC and the Philips CDI video game Burn-Cycle. On July 25 and July 26 - A man named Sol Cutter who is a data thief and a computer hacker catches a computer virus and battles it due to his use of his Brain-Computer Interface while on an illegal job trying to steal data from a company known as Soft Tech inc.
  • 2069
    • In Star Trek, the Klingon High Council is formed, eliminating the position of Emperor until 2369.
  • 2070
    • Detectives David Hume and Ian Farve serve in the Citizens Protection Bureau (Total Recall 2070)
    • A force of Cybermen tries to take over the Gravitron weather control installation on the Moon to alter Earth's weather and wipe out all life. They are stopped by the Second Doctor and his companions (Doctor Who - The Moonbase).
    • President Robert L. Booth initiates the Atomic Wars which devastate most of the USA, the USSR and Europe (Judge Dredd)
  • 2071
    • Events of Cowboy Bebop
  • 2072
    • Events of System Shock 1
  • 2081
    • Kurt Vonnegut's short story Harrison Bergeron takes place.
  • 2082
    • Falkenburg's Mercenary Legion is formed and begins first operations on Hadley. (CoDominium)
  • 2084
    • Dancing is outlawed. Flash, Strobe, Laser, and Pyro escape Earth to live on Moon Base Alpha to dance in freedom. (Shmah Film's "Dancemania")
    • The events of the Doctor Who episode Warriors of the Deep
    • Douglas Quaid visits Mars in Total Recall

The Future[]

22nd Century[]

  • 2100
    • After suffering a reactor failure, the various factions from the UNSS Unity make planetfall on Chiron, in orbit of Alpha Centauri "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri"
    • In the Starflight universe for the PC and the Sega Genesis - the Crystalline Mineral known as Endurium is discovered on Planet Mars in the Solar System. This mineral is similar to Dilithium crystals in the sense that its also a crystal and its also needed by warp reactors to general a stable warp field and thus perform a Starflight.
  • 2104
    • Events of the TV series Space Rangers
  • 2114
    • Events of System Shock 2
  • 2148
    • A last inhabitant of Earth, a mutant, encounters an astronaut from the past. They both travel back in time to stop a bacterial disaster, but the astronaut dies - The Man Who Was Never Born episode of The Outer Limits, 1963
  • 2149
    • Arnold Rimmer is born in this year. ("Red Dwarf")
  • 2150
    • The war of the three political entities the United Civilized States, the Eurasian Dynasty, and the Lunar Corporation (Earth 2150, Earth 2150: The Moon Project, Earth 2150: Lost Souls).
  • 2151-2155
  • ~2154
    • The Daleks invade and conquer Earth after weakening the population with plague bombs fired from space (Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion of Earth).
  • 2155
    • November 26: Dave Lister found in a cardboard box under the pool table in the Aigburth Arms. (Red Dwarf)1
  • 2156-2160
    • The Earth-Romulan War is fought, taking a high toll on both sides. The repercussions of the war will be felt for centuries.
  • 2164
    • Around this year, the events of the Doctor Who serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth take place.
  • 2179
    • The events of Aliens and Alien 3 take place.
  • 2182
    • Arnold Rimmer fails to fix a drive plate on the mining ship Red Dwarf. A cadmium II radiation blast kills him and 1,167 people. The only survivor is Dave Lister, who is in stasis.1
  • 2192
    • Events of the TV series Earth 2.

23rd century[]

  • 2233
  • 2254
    • January 19 - Space station Babylon 4 disappears 24 hours after construction is finished.
  • 2256
    • March 09 - Construction is finished on space station Babylon 5.
  • 2257-2262
    • The events of Babylon 5, starting with the attempted assassination of Vorlon ambassador Kosh upon his arrival at the station.
  • 2258
    • Vulcan is destroyed by the red matter weapon launched by Nero's ship. (Star Trek).
  • 2260
    • During the mostly covert Corporation Wars, Izanagi Corporation's research facility on Lamdon 3 was destroyed by a strike force from the Axon Research Corporation, despite the protection of the NEG ThunderCrash force. Axon was able to not only destroy the facility but also retrieve the advanced plasma ion tank under development there. (Unreal series of PC games)
  • 2263
  • 2263-2268
  • 2271
  • 2274
    • The events of Logan's Run (the film)
  • 2285
  • 2286
    • The alien probe returns to Earth to communicate with the humpback whales and Kirk and his crew travels back in time to 1986 to pick George and Gracie. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
  • 2287
  • 2293
    • Klingon diplomats launch a peace initiative toward the United Federation of Planets, following the disastrous explosion of the energy facility on Praxis. This leads to the Khitomer Accords and peace between the Empire and the UFP. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

24th century[]

  • 2305
  • 2311
    • The Tomed Incident occurs, between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire. Several thousand beings on both sides die. The Romulans enter a period of isolationism, although several clashes occur with the Klingon Empire. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • 2318
    • The Journeyman Project is the year that extraterrestrials land on Earth to form a permanent alliance.
  • 2364-2370
  • 2366
    • Barlowe publishes his account of the expedition to Darwin IV.
  • 2369-2375
  • 2371-2378
  • 2371
    • The events of Star Trek: Generations.
    • The colony ship Bellerophon arrived at its destination Altair-4 ten years prior, but there has been no recent contact. The United Planets Cruiser C-57D journeys to the Altair system to search for survivors of the Bellerophon - Forbidden Planet novel
  • 2373
    • The Borg ship tries to assimilate Earth only to be defeated by the Starfleet armada led by the Enterprise and the Borg sphere travels back in time to prevent the first contact and the Enterprise follows the Borg. (Star Trek: First Contact).
  • 2375
  • 2376
    • Duncan Makenzie leaves Titan for Earth in Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth
  • 2379
  • 2381
    • Events of Alien: Resurrection.
    • Cruiser C-57D lands on Altair's 4th planet, and Cmdr. Adams finds the only colonist survivors are Dr. Morbius and his daughter - Forbidden Planet novel
  • 2391
    • Cmdr. Adams and the crew of the Cruiser C-57D return to Earth to relate their strange story of Altair-IV - with Robby the Robot - Forbidden Planet novel, 1956

25th century[]

  • 2419
    • Buck Rogers awakens from his coma (original novella version by Philip Knowlen, 1928)
    • Ed Mercer assumes command of the USS Orville - The Orville
  • 2487
    • Events of The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak.
  • 2491-2492
    • Events of the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • 2500
    • Oceans cover the Earth except for a few natural and man-made atolls - and remnants of humanity. A new breed of human, called Mariner, helps a woman and a child in their quest for a legendary location, Dryland - Waterworld, 1995

26th century[]

  • 2517
    • Events of Firefly, television program.
    • Children age 6 to 7 a kidnapped by the UNSC and are transformed into Spartan-II super-soldiers.
  • 2520
    • A botched first contact between the Earth Empire and the Draconian Empire leads to a short but bloody war that results in millions of deaths. A peace treaty is negotiated and a frontier established between the two interstellar powers, but a cold war lasts for years afterward (Doctor Who - Frontier in Space).
  • 2525
    • Humanity first encounters the Covenant empire.
  • 2540
    • Raids on cargo ships, apparently by both sides, threaten to start a new war between the Draconian and Earth Empires. However, when it is revealed that the Daleks are responsible, the two empires ally to battle the Daleks (Doctor Who - Frontier in Space).
  • 2552
    • Events of the game Halo Reach take place.
    • Events of the game Halo: Combat Evolved takes place.
    • Events of the game Halo 2 take place.
    • Events of the game Halo 3 take place.
  • 2557
    • Events of the game Halo 4 take place.
  • 2589
    • July 7: Dr. Catherine Halsey delivers a eulogy to SPARTAN-B312 on the re-terraformed Reach.

30th century[]

  • 3000
    • January 1: Phillip J. Fry is revived from cryogenics in the city of New New York. (Futurama)
    • Earth is in the grip of a new ice age when a scientific team unearths an Ice Warrior spacecraft beneath the glaciers, its crew in suspended animation (Doctor Who - The Ice Warriors).

31st century[]

  • 3000s
    • By this century, time travel is commonplace. In one alternate future (later canceled), Earth has long been devastated by an undisclosed conflict. (Star Trek: Enterprise episode, "Shockwave").
    • The decline and eventual end of the Earth Empire, as Earth's various colonies, break away from it (Doctor Who - The Mutants).
  • 3001
    • Frank Poole is revived, and the events of 3001: The Final Odyssey occur.
  • 3007
    • The alien Badoon invades Earth and the Guardians of the Galaxy resistance group is formed. (Marvel Comics)
  • 3028
    • Earth is destroyed by the Drej. Surviving humans drift throughout the galaxy. (Titan A.E.)
  • 3030
    • The events of Deltron 3030
  • 3044
    • 16 A.E. (After Earth) - the events of Titan A.E. occur.

33rd century[]

  • 3200s
    • Setting of the original treatment for the first Star Wars film, as opposed to the later adopted “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...”. The period is described as "a period of civil wars in the Galaxy."
    • 3250 - The Veloxi won the war against the Numlox and Phlegmak races. All of the Numlox and Phlegmak died and one of the key battles was in the Axe constellation in a sector of space known as "The Handle of the Axe " (Starflight)

40th century[]

  • 4000
    • Events of Magnus, Robot Fighter. Magnus liberates North Am from the dictatorship of H8, Chief of the Robot Police.
    • Mechas, the next phase of intelligence on Earth, are involved in the on-site excavation of a frozen-over NYC, when they discover a preserved android: a boy named David - AI: Artificial Intelligence 2002

41st century[]

  • 4000
    • The Daleks form a secret alliance with the Outer Galaxies to conquer the Solar System with a weapon of mass destruction known as the Time Destructor. They are aided by Mavic Chen, the traitorous Guardian of the Solar System, but are stopped by the First Doctor (Doctor Who - The Daleks' Master Plan).
  • 4004
    • The Universe ends in the year 4004 AD. (James Blish, Cities in Flight)

49th century[]

50th century[]

  • 5000
    • The year of the "Great Break-Out", when humanity spreads through the solar system on its way to the stars (Doctor Who - The Invisible Enemy).

52nd century[]

  • 5167-5171+?
    • Events of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.

61st century[]

  • 6041
    • Machinery rules the galactic universe, with humanoids and conscious robots in control, the human race is reduced to a state of apathy. (TV version of Dune)

62nd century[]

  • 6100s
    • The Great Revolt, a human rebellion against the machines, forcing human beings to use their minds for development and breeding; this leads to the formation of mental training schools and the discovery of the spice Melange, both of which would be the turning point for the human race. (TV version of Dune)

64th century[]

  • 6300s
    • The native time era of Abra Kadabra, the enemy of the Flash.

7th Millennium to 41st Millennium[]

  • Date unknown
    • Events of The Last Book in the Universe
  • ~7000
    • Pham Nuwen is born (A Deepness in the Sky).
  • 7089
  • 12,005
    • The time of the New Roman Empire (Doctor Who - The End of the World).
  • 20,001
    • The lifeforms on the moon Europa develop a fairly sophisticated culture and religion, and are beginning to become a truly scientific race. (2010: Odyssey Two)
  • 26,900
    • Leto Atreides II dies in God Emperor of Dune, beginning the Scattering of humanity.
  • 28,400
    • Events of Heretics of Dune
    • Events of Barbarella.
    • A creature with the ability to assume any shape departs this era for 20th-century Metropolis and tries to imitate Superman. (Superman (1st series) #87, February 1954).

41st Millennium[]

For the events of Warhammer 40,000, see Warhammer 40,000 Timeline.

  • Swooping Hawks Aspect Warriors, but emerged as the victors. Unfortunately, the identity of the individual who betrayed the Blood Angels at Semmel cannot be determined and so final vengeance for that loss remains beyond the Chapter's reach.
  • 996.M41 Cleansing of Durganion XIII - A distress call lures a Dark Angels strike force into a Genestealer ambush, and the confines of the hive prove an advantage to the xenos. The battle end when the Broodlord is destroyed by a Ravenwing advance. Without his guidance, the remaining xenos are exterminated and the planet marked by the Inquisition for corruption testing.
  • 997.M41 The Laughing Death - A hundred thousand Daemonettes invade upon the rust planet of Ferrite Mons when the world's over-privileged ruler jokingly invites the handmaidens of Slaanesh to his feast. Even the elite regiments of the Vostroyan Firstborn cannot slay the daemons whose laughter blends with the screams of the Ferrite aristocracy.
  • 997.M41 The Third Tyrannic War and the Defence of Tarsis Ultra - Elements of the Ultramarines and Mortifactors Space Marine Chapters make a stand against one spur of the Tyranids' Hive Fleet Leviathan on the world of Tarsis Ultra. The defenders defeat this tendril of the Leviathan with an engineered anti-Tyranid biological plague, but the remainder of Hive Fleet Leviathan rampages on unabated.
  • 997.M41 Dark Angels and the Third Tyrannic War - Several Dark Angels strike forces take part in fighting the far-reaching tendrils of Hive Fleet Leviathan.
    • Assault on Straton (997.M41) – The Dark Angels engaged the Tyranid menace of Hive Fleet Leviathan on the world of Straton during the Third Tyrannic War.
  • 221.997.M41 Battle of Piscina IV Piscina IV was a Dark Angels recruiting world that was invaded by the Ork WAAAGH! led by the Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka and his ally the Warlord Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub. Though caught by surprise, the world was defended by the Dark Angels' 3rd Company, and assisted by a scattering of combined squads drawn from the personnel of the Dark Angels' Deathwing and Scout Companies. The Orks were successfully driven off, thanks to the actions of Master Belial and his small force. Piscina IV was saved, though much damage had been incurred on the planet and its civilian inhabitants.
  • 997.M41 to present - The Third Sphere Expansion - After careful preparation, the new Ethereal Supreme, Aun'Va, launches the Third Sphere Expansion.
  • 310.997.M41 Ksi'm'yen Established - The first Sept of the Third Sphere Expansion is declared and used as a staging ground for further advancement.
  • 525.997.M41 Defence of the Farsight Enclaves - With his spearhead of eighty XV8 Crisis Teams, Commander Farsight leads a counter-attack against a tendril of Hive Fleet Kraken that has entered his territory.
  • 998.M41 The Conquest of T'ros - The Tau complete their annexation of what was previously the Imperial Mining World of Taros following the events of the Taros Campaign against the forces of the Imperium. Taros is renamed T'ros by the Tau and becomes the prime planet of a new Sept of the Tau Empire; its remaining humans are considered gue'vesa citizens of the Tau Empire and are congratulated on the wisdom of their decision to join the Greater Good.
  • 998.M41 - The Administratum Historicus Coran Celecius is tried for heresy by the Inquisition after his work links the Aphis Hermitage Massacre to the Necrons and other mysterious past encounters Mankind has had with that dangerous and enigmatic race.
  • 998.M41 Third War for Armageddon - The Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka returned to the Hive World of Armageddon at the head of the largest Ork WAAAGH! seen since the Ullanor Crusade ten millennia before, unleashing the Third War for Armageddon. Over 2 dozen Space Marine Chapters respond to the Greenskin assault this time, which was necessary as the Blood Angels had been forced to deploy much of their existing strength against the equally dangerous threat of Hive Fleet Leviathan. Even so, honor demanded that the Chapter provide at least some assistance to Armageddon and Dante sent the 3rd Company and generous number of support units. During the campaign, Captain Tycho finally succumbed to the Black Rage and spent his life valiantly on the outer walls of the Hive Tempestora, taking hundreds of Orks with him down into death. The 3rd Company's new commander was Captain Galan Machiavi.
  • 998.M41 To Catch Cypher - The Black Templars fight alongside the Dark Angels, though a dispute over a Black Templars prisoner who may be Cypher causes both Chapters to briefly engage in combat. The incident is reported to Terra and Inquisitor Archibald is assigned to lead the inquiry.
  • 871.998.M41 Triptych of Grief - On Galdemor, the violence committed by the daemon legion of Braskh'har the Devious, a Herald of Slaanesh, causes such grief that a new Warp rift opens. The armies of Khal'thar'rak, the Bloodied Fang, and a host of necrotic Nurgle daemons spill forth, led by Ku'Gath Plaguefather and Prince Gurglish the Ever-rotting. The three armies fight over the spoils of the world, leaving no mortal creature alive by the time they eventually depart back to theRealm of Chaos.
  • 999.M41 The Carnac Campaign - The Necron Overlord Anrakyr the Traveller arrives on a planet he supposes to be the Tomb World of Carnac, only to find it infested with Eldar Exodites. Realizing that the tomb, if it remains, will be buried too deep for him to awaken it before the Exodites can themselves summon aid, Anrakyr entreats the Necron Lords and Overlords of other Tomb Worlds for aid. Reinforcements swiftly arrive from Mandragora, Gidrim, and Trakonn, through the most unexpected of all is a contingent from Solemnace, led by Trazyn the Infinite himself. All this takes time, however, and by the time the Night Scythe fleets deploy the invading forces, the armies of the Alaitoc Craftworld stand side-by-side with the Carnac Exodites. Guided by the prophecies of Farseer Eldorath Starbane and the strategies of Illic Nightspear, the Eldar attempt to stall the Necron invasion with a series of hit-and-run attacks. They aim to sever the command structure by destroying Anrakyr and his closest allies, but the Pyrrhian Lord manages to subvert the prophecies of the Farseer through the astromantic analyses of Orikan the Diviner. Though Orikan's divinations are by no means as focussed as those of Eldorath Starbane, they are sufficient to tangle the skeins of fate and leave many details of the campaign beyond the Farseer's reach. So it is that Pathfinders arrive at what they thought to be Anrakyr's location, only to find him long gone and squads of Deathmarks waiting in ambush. After several inconclusive battles on Carnac's verdant plains, Anrakyr forces the Eldar to engage in a head-to-head confrontation by marching on the Exodites' World Spirit shrine. As the tireless Necron legions advance upon the walls, Doom Scythes duel with elegant Eldar fighters in the skies above. Deathmarks ply a deadly trade of ambush and counter-ambush with Alaitoc Pathfinders, and all the while Flayed Ones prowl the flanks, pouncing on any Eldar foolish enough to show even a momentary sign of weakness. The two sides are well-matched, with Necron hardiness countered by the Eldar's tactical precision. Victory finally falls to the Necrons when Carnac's tomb unexpectedly begins to awaken, stirred from dormancy by the tumult above. With Necron reinforcements now starting to trickle into the campaign, the Eldar have little choice but to abandon Carnac and its World Spirit to their ancient enemies. Anraky is grimly jubilant in the campaign's aftermath and gladly accedes when Trazyn requests the entire World Spirit shrine as spoils of war. For his part, Orikan requests no trophy or payment in the victory, and merely hopes that when the flush of victory fades, no one thinks to question the convenient coincidence of the Carnac tomb's awakening.
  • 999.M41 Traitors on Cadia - A murderous plot unleashed by the Forces of Chaos kills several members of the Cadian High Command, including the Lord Castellan. Colonel Ursarkar E. Creed is appointed the new Lord Castellan of Cadia.
  • 999.M41 The Taking of Bridge Two-Four - Uriel Ventris succeeds Captain Idaeus as commander of the Ultramarines 4th Company after Idaeus sacrifices himself to destroy a vital objective.
  • 999.M41 The San Leor Massacre - A Red Corsairs strike force invades San Leor, the original homeworld of the Daughters of the Emperor. The Chaos Space Marines are unprepared for the fury of the Adepta Sororitas reprisal, as they come under assault from nine separate Orders Militant and are utterly annihilated by the combined counter-attack.
  • 999.M41 Solemnus Crusade - The Solemnus Crusade is an Imperial campaign conducted by elements of the Black Templars Chapter in answer to Ork attacks on the world of Solemnus. The Crusade's Emperor's Champion was captured by the green-skinned Xenos, desecrating his sacred war gear in the process. The Orks eluded capture but were chased to the surface or Armageddon where the Crusade is currently looking for their captured Battle-Brother.
  • 999.M41 The Maelstrom Threat - Huron Blackheart's assembled Chaos fleet emerges from the Maelstrom and swiftly brings several star systems, including Chogoris, under siege. The White Scars withdraw from their operations on Armageddon to meet this dire threat to their homeworld.
  • 999.M41 Return to Damnos - Despite the Inquisition's efforts to suppress all knowledge of the Necrons' reemergence into the galaxy, the Imperium's faith in its military supremacy was shaken by the news that spread across the galaxy after 974.M41 that these Xenos had overcome both the Imperial Guard and the Ultramarines at Damnos. Eventually, reports of the loss of Damnos made their way to Terra, where both the Fabricator-General of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the High Lords of Terra decreed that the Ultramarines must return to Damnos and eradicate the Necron threat once and for all. Twenty-five standard years after the Damnos Incident, in 999.M41, this Imperial order was brought to Macragge by the experienced Deathwatch strike team led by Squad Lazarius. Chapter Master Marneus Calgar was not pleased with the Imperium's decree, for he knew that his 2nd Company had faced only a fraction of the awakened Necrons on Damnos a quarter of a century before. Once they returned to Damnos, the Ultramarines would face the entire strength of a Necron Tomb World and risk the deaths of hundreds of the Chapter's Astartes. Yet, Calgar knew that the High Lords of Terra were right and that the Necrons on Damnos must be defeated if the Imperium was ever to know peace in the face of the growing Necron threat. With the record of the Ultramarines stained by the action on Damnos, it was their duty to banish the ghosts of the past. Upon haring Calrgar's announcement that the Ultramarines' 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th Companies, accompanied by elements of the 10th, would return to reclaim Damnos for the Emperor, Cato Sicarius smiled for the first time in decades. It is said that during the preparation for the assault, Sicarius trained so hard that he fought with the fury of a man possessed and even slept in the cage-vault. Before the solar month was out, Calgar's armies and fleets had been assembled and over 500 Space Marines stood ready for war. Also, Sicarius was granted a Vortex Grenade by the Deathwatch Sergeant Davian Imocles, who was rumored to be an old friend and former squadmate.  The journey to Damnos was a perilous one, with Calgar relying on various ruses and distractions to get his warriors safely to the planet's surface. By the time the Necrons had spotted the true location of the Ultramarine warships, the Astartes fleet was in a position to launch their Drop Pods. The first wave consisted of unmanned variants designed to draw the fire of the Gauss Pylons. The second wave, however, represented the true assault, which brought hundreds of Space Marines as well as several vengeful Imperial Guard regiments to the heart of the Necrons' subterranean tomb complex. Their objective was to destroy the pyramidal complexes that controlled the Necron power grid and to do it before the Imperial forces were overwhelmed. However, one factor that they did not account for was the physical incarnation of a C'tan held within a Tesseract Vault. It was determined that this vault was the true source of the Necrons' power and must be neutralized if the Imperial forces were to have any hope of victory. Despite the power brought to bear by the Imperial assault on Damnos, Marneus Calgar felt like a duelist being taken apart by a superior foe in the battle-cage. The Xenos' battle logic proved impeccable, with its master intelligence anticipating the Ultramarines' every move and neutralizing each tactic they employed. Thanks to an energy shield emitting from the vault, every plasma volley and melta blast employed against the Necron Monoliths dissipated harmlessly or detonated prematurely before it could harm the constructs. Since the Xenos had managed to analyze the Ultramarines' battle doctrine, Calgar realized he must attempt a completely unexpected stratagem. Assaulting the ranks of the Necron Immortals, the Chapter Master jumped onto the metallic base of a malfunctioning Gauss Pylon and slowly pushed the war engine's crescent back until its viridian beam hit the energy shield of the floating necropolis. With a blinding flash of light, the energy shield protecting the tomb complex collapsed and the Tesseract Vault was broken wide open to reveal the enraged demigod imprisoned within. A giant cruciform of pure light rose above the Necron army, the remnants of the C'tan's energy cage still crackling around it. Roaring in exultation at its newfound freedom, the booming sound threw Ultramarines and Necrons alike to the icy ground and cracked the planet's crust. Its first victim would be the Necron Overlord, the Undying, which the star god crushed with ease by transforming the earth around his metallic form into an oversized fist. The Overlord phased out of reality, seeking to escape back to his subterranean lair. But deep underground, the surviving members of the Deathwatch's Squad Lazarius had reached their objective. The Undying teleported back to his cabled sarcophagus right in front of the Deathwatch's eyes. Unfortunately for the Necron, the crack team of Astartes had replaced his revivication engines with melta charges and entropic destabilizers and proceeded to blast the Necron Overlord into atoms. Back on the surface, the Xenos reeled from the loss of their leader and the artificially intelligent command programs that had governed their warriors' every action. Meanwhile, the unleashed C'tan lashed out in fury at both its Necron enslavers and the Ultramarines as Captain Sicarius dueled a Flayed Ones Lord. After ramming his Power Sword into the powerful Flayed One's torso, Sicarius summoned twenty-five years of anger and frustration into a final burst of strength. He unclipped the Vortex Grenade that had been given to him earlier and activated the weapon before throwing it at the enraged demigod hovering overhead. The grenade detonated and formed a spiraling orb of nothingness as its unstoppable force sucked the C'tan into the Warp before collapsing and winking out of existence. Sicarius felt a great weight lift at that moment, as he realized both he and the Ultramarines had been redeemed for their original failure on Damnos in the sight of the Emperor. Over the next few solar days, the Imperials eliminated the surviving Necrons with grim efficiency. Empty tomb complexes were collapsed or detonated under the guidance of the Deathwatch and the citizens of Damnos whom Sicarius had rescued decades before were restored to the world to reclaim it for their own. 
  • 103.999.M41 Shas'O'Kais Triumphant - It is unknown when the Tau Commander Shas'O Kais, another of Commander Puretide's former proteges, emerged from stasis, but it is he that leads the victories that establish the Fi'rios Sept at this time for the Tau Empire.
  • 303.999.M41 The Zeist Campaign - Captain Cato Sicarius leads an army of Astartes and the Imperial Guard into the Eastern Fringe of the galaxy to halt the Tau's Fourth Sphere Expansion. An Imperial Crusade later is known as the Zeist Campaign drawn from 30 Space Marine Chapters drives the Tau back from dozens of Imperial worlds but is recalled before its work can be completed to deal with the much greater threat of Abaddon the Despoiler's 13th Black Crusade. The Space Marines drive the Tau from many worlds in the sector, but the Tau Empire gains elsewhere during the Imperium's distraction with the 13th Black Crusade are on such a scale that, even to the casualty-conscious Tau, Commander Shadowsun's diversion seems not just acceptable, but shrewd.
  • 757.999.M41 Mu'gulath Bay - In the largest battle of the Third Sphere Expansion, Commander Shadowsun leads the attack at Mu'gulath Bay, beginning the rout of human forces now known as the Path of Blood. It is a bright day for the Tau, who saw a foe with vastly superior numbers crushed. No less than twelve advanced weapon prototypes were successfully deployed in the campaign, with only the fusion reactor meltdown that destroyed Mu'gulath's moon proving a failure.
  • 854.999.M41 Defence of Ultramar - Amid the oncoming 13th Black Crusade, the Realm of Ultramar comes under renewed assault from the Forces of Chaos. The Daemon Prince M'kar the Reborn, clad in mortal flesh once again in the body fo a former Ultramarines Dreadnought, leads the onslaught against the world of Talassar. Other Chaotic warlords under the command of the Iron Warriors Warsmith Honsou attack Calth, Espandor and Tarentus. Marneus Calgar recalls all Ultramarines forces to defend Ultramar, dispatching a reinforced Battle Company to each threatened planet. Calgar himself accompanies the 2nd Company to defend Talassar, determined to slay M'kar a hundred times over if need be.
  • 992.999.M41 The Great Awakening - A ripple of psychic activity passes through the stars, awakening the supernatural abilities of countless latent human psykers. The resultant backlash creates innumerable Warp rifts and the spate of daemonic invasions that follows tests the Imperium to its limit. A thousand Imperial worlds are lost, hopelessly embroiled in daemonic incursions on a scale not seen since the Age of Strife.
  • 995.999.M41 The 13th Black Crusade - The 13th Black Crusade erupts out of the Eye of Terror led by the Warmaster of Chaos, Abaddon the Despoiler, and his Black Legion. The great Chaos Lord leads the largest Chaos invasion of the Imperium since the Horus Heresy to the Fortress World of Cadia in the hopes of conquering the world and at last, seizing the Cadian Gate for the Dark Gods so that the Forces of Chaos can once again launch themselves towards Terra and depose the hated Corpse Emperor. In his wake come the legions of the Warp, Heretic Astartes and daemons alike, reality buckling before their advance. The Imperium shudders as a tidal wave of raw Chaos pours into realspace, and the galaxy stands on the brink of ultimate destruction. After a grueling campaign with a death toll that spirals into the trillions, Abaddon the Despoiler succeeds in tearing down the strange pylons that for thousands of Terran years had held the Cadian Gate as a stable region of space. Cadia falls soon thereafter, and a wave of Warp Storms roars into being across the length of the galaxy.
    • 995.999.M41 Dark Angels and the 13th Black Crusade - The Dark Angels deploy the entirety of their Chapter in support of the beleaguered world of Cadia to halt the encroaching Forces of Chaos led by Abaddon the Despoiler during the 13th Black Crusade. According to the Dark Oracle, the name given by the Dark Angels' Supreme Grand Masters to Luther, who lies rotting in The Rock's deepest dungeon, many Fallen are amongst the Forces of Chaos following Abaddon into battle. The Rock makes haste for the Cadian Sector. Yet soon after the battle is joined, Supreme Grand Master Azrael withdraws the support of the Dark Angels for Cadia, claiming any engagements involving the Traitor Legions were Adeptus Astartes business only and of no concern to others. Even as The Rock made haste towards the embattled Cadian Sector, the Chapter was bombarded with distress calls; urgent pleas for aid from disparate worlds. The Inner Circle was awash with confirmed reports of the Fallen, including Cypher himself. The Rock's psychic choir of Astropaths had become so overloaded with messages of Xenos invasions and uprisings that it was impossible to track which were current and which were ghost messages -- lingering echoes of disasters already come and gone. From the psi-shielded sanctum of the Librarius, Ezekiel, the Grand Master of Librarians, reported a tide of Warp energies rising, the Eye of Terror once more opening to spew forth its filth onto the galaxy, including the unmistakable signs of the Fallen amongst their number. Desperate to capture the Fallen and to prevent any from revealing the Chapter's long-kept secret, the Dark Angels were already too thinly spread. Risking the scrutiny of the Inquisition and the allegation of attempting to rebuild a full Space Marine Legion, the Dark Angels called upon their Successor Chapters for aid. The Unforgiven girded for battle as never before since the time of the Horus Heresy. Into this scene of calamity, Supreme Grand Master Azrael emerged from the deepest dungeon of The Rock, his mind still attempting to decipher the gibbering deluge of information spouted by the Dark Oracle, his Chapter's greatest secret and greatest asset. Despite the multitude of threats and the darkness of the hour, he knew that it was for these circumstances that the Space Marines had been created. Brooding and perhaps obsessively flawed by their past failings, the Dark Angels nevertheless rushed once more to the forefront of Mankind's battle for survival, intending to fight with righteous fervor and a refusal to never accept defeat. no matter the odds, whoever the foe. During the 13th Black Crusade, the Dark Angels took part in many notable battles, including:
    • 999.M41 Defence of Ex Lucan VII - Composed of four entire Companies of Dark Angels and three of their Successor Chapters (not named), this deadly force of Astartes are collectively known as Taskforce Shadowguard. They staged themselves upon the outlying Mining World of Ex Lucan VII, laying in wait within the hollow mountains of the Kyran Range for a substantial force of Eldar raiders. Appearing out of nowhere through portals this vile race makes use of, the Xenos waste no time in launching their attack against the mining settlements of the Kyran Range. Shadowguard reveals themselves and takes the first raider force completely by surprise. Exploiting the momentum of victory, Shadowguard than executes a maneuver that smashed aside a second Xenos force. Unable to coordinate their assault to force a breakthrough in the Astartes' lines, the Eldar raiders are annihilated in a devastating massacre.
    • 999.M41 Pursuit of the Voice - During the campaign, the Dark Angels and Space Wolves' great mutual rivalry causes severe disruptions to the Imperial efforts in the defense of the Sentinel Worlds area. Though both forces operate in the same region for several weeks, both refuse to coordinate their actions, harming the ability of the Imperial Guard commanders on the ground to act, for they cannot rely upon the aid of either Chapter. The situation soon changes, as the Dark Angels abruptly leave the area in search of renegade individuals they refuse to identify. The Dark Angels seek a shadowy figure calling himself the "Voice of the Emperor," operating out of Lelithar. The Dark Angels launch several strikes against this figure, but on each occasion found that the pressures of constant attacks upon their hallowed ground of the Caliban System force them to redeploy their forces. Each time the Dark Angels manage to close on the suspected location of the Voice, hie somehow can slip through their clutches, leaving behind taunting, heretical graffiti. Harboring an intense hatred for this individual, the Voice transmits several all-channel vox-casts throughout the war, making obscure references to the I Legion's earliest history, as well as making astonishing claims against their Primarch Lion El'Jonson. The Dark Angels and their Successors vehemently rebut these blasphemous broadcasts. The Dark Angels and the Unforgiven relentless pursue this heretic and his followers and eventually capture him. But as the Voice lay languishing within the holds of one of their vessels he somehow, through some as yet unidentified means, managed to effect his escape.
    • 999.M41 Battle of Kasr Tyrok-Cadia - The Dark Angels and the Space Wolves set aside their ancient vendetta as Supreme Grand Master Azrael and Great Wolf Logan Grimnar come to a mutual, but temporary, understanding. Both Chapters take to the field together, in the defense of Kasr Tyrok upon the world of Cadia against a substantial force of Chaos mutants. The combined force of Dark Angels and Space Wolves smashed into the rear of the mutant mob, cutting them down without mercy, each Chapter sought to outdo the other in their skill at arms. As the last few mutants were dispatched their friendly banter soon turned to insults. Victory had been achieved, but the Sons of the Lion and the Sons of Russ soon depart ways, their long-time rivalry rearing its ugly head once again.
    • Battle of Kasr Partox-Cadia (999.M41) - A massive force of the Archenemy stands arrayed against the valiant Imperial defenders of Kasr Partox in a final stand. Within the fortress are 23 Cadian regiments. Alongside the regiments of Cadia stand a host of units from worlds near and far, such as the Knovians, Gundronites, Mordant, Thracians, Jourans and a thousand more. The battle-brothers of Adeptus Astartes are also counted amongst the Imperial defenders, including Chapters from the Dark Angels, Space Wolves, Ultramarines, Doom Eagles and many more that aren't named. There are also other servants of the Emperor which includes the Sisters from the Adepta Sororitas, the mighty Grey Knights, scores of Inquisitors, siege dreadnoughts of the Ordo Reductor, as well as the mighty God Machines of the Adeptus Titanicus and their Skitarii servants. In the ensuing slaughter, the Imperials are forced to abandon Kasr Partox and retreat towards the Caducades Sea, where they will hope to make their stand at Kasr Gallan. At the height of the battle, a fleet of Necrontyr vessels appeared from nowhere and assaulted Kasr Partox as well as the orbiting Chaos fleet, forcing a Chaos-held Blackstone Fortress to disengage. With Kasr Partox fallen, command and control structure is soon non-existent. The retreat from Kasr Partox sees the most intense fighting of the war, with many thousands of lives given up so that the bulk of the Imperial forces mighty escape. The Imperials managed to make it to the Caducades Sea, leaving behind thousands of dead, their bodies defiled by the blasphemous Chaos horde. The Imperial flee aboard transport ships across the Caducades Sea, forced to abandon the bulk of their heavy equipment. Some remnants from the Ecclesiarchy as well as some Space Marines of the Subjugators have chosen to make their last stand, as Imperial Guard engineers plant munitions at the heart of the part to destroy it.
  • 999.M41 The Blood Angels' Darkest Hour - The Blood Angels are tested as they have not been since the days of the Horus Heresy. As the launch of the 13th Black Crusade consumes the resources of the Imperium, a tendril of Hive Fleet Leviathan is determined to be on a direct course for Baal. To make matters worse, the dread Bloodthirster Ka'Bandha, the Bane of Sanguinius, returns from the Warp leading an army of daemons. His first blow is struck against Ammonai, the outermost world of the Baal System. Faced with a possible war of extermination for the Chapter on 2 fronts, Lord Commander Dante makes swift preparations and unites many Imperial and even non-human worlds under the command of the Blood Angels simply for the sake of survival against Tyranid and Daemon alike. Even some former foes of the Chapter and the Imperium are counted in Dante's alliance, though whether or not they can be truly trusted when the time comes remains an open question. Well aware that even these forces will not be enough to repel both foes, Dante recalls the 3rd Company from its operations on Armageddon and sends requests for aid to all of the Blood Angels' known Successor Chapters. The Flesh Tearers are the first to respond and despatch their entire fighting strength to the Blood Angels' aid without question. Ultimately, all of the Successor Chapters save for the Lamenters lend some form of aid to their primogenitor. Even the Knights of Blood declared Renegade by the Imperium many centuries earlier, heed Dante's call -- though they are very careful to never take the field alongside the other Chapters. The stage is thus set for the defense of Baal, and perhaps the final battle of the Scions of Sanguinius, the Sons of the Angel.
  • 884.999.M41 Stern's Remembrance - The Dark Angels 5th Company battles elements of the Chaos Space Marine Warband known as the Crimson Slaughter for control of the Chaos artifact called the Hellfire Stone. The Dark Angels' 5th Company was led by Master Zadakiel to the world of Stern's Remembrance where they discovered the notorious Fallen Angel Attias the Untamed. The Fallen attempted to warn his erstwhile brothers that it was all an elaborate trap and that they should take their leave. The Dark Angels took Attias into custody and attempted to take their leave, but as they made their way back to their Thunderhawks the trap was sprung, as a massive Drop Pod assault was launched by Crimson Slaughter while their allied Chaos Cultists surrounded the outnumbered Dark Angels. In the ensuing battle, the Dark Angels reluctantly freed Attias, allowing him to fight by their side to survive the Heretics' onslaught. As Zadakiel was about to board the hovering gunship, the Helbrute Mortis Metalikus appeared. Zadakiel drew his Heavenfall Blade called Fellbane and started to do battle with the beast. Despite his agility, the Helbrute eventually got the upper hand and was about to crush him underfoot when the Thunderhawk appeared, shooting the Helbrute and giving Zadakiel the chance to climb aboard. However, as the Dark Angels Master grabbed the open ramp at the front of the Thunderhawk, the Helbrute grabbed him, dragging Zadakiel down. Seeing he could not escape his fate and that the Helbrute was aiming his Multi-melta at the Thunderhawk, Zadakiel threw Fellbane into the Thunderhawk and let go, falling to his death. Now the most senior Space Marine on board, Sergeant Balthasar gave the order to return to The Rock with their prisoner. The Captain of the 5th Company's Strike Cruiser handed over a data-slate with a message from Kranon the Relentless, the Chaos Lord who led the Crimson Slaughter Warband. In the message, Kranon taunted Balthazar, showing how the Helbrute had turned the body of Zadakiel into a trophy and claiming that he knew the Dark Angels' secret shame, as proven by the capture of the Fallen Angel Attias, and that he expected and indeed counted upon meeting again as the Dark Angels would surely not tolerate the existence of such a breach of their ancient secrecy for long.
  • ca. 999.M41 Return of the Avenging Son - Roboute Guilliman is revived out of stasis during the Ultramar Campaign of the 13th Black Crusade just in time to fend off the Black Legion strike force sent to prevent his resurrection. As the galaxy grows darker beneath ever more ominous Warp Storms, the returned Primarch of the Ultramarines embarks on a danger-fraught journey to Terra known as the Terran Crusade to stand before the Emperor's throne and seek his father's guidance.
  • ca. 999.M41 The Great Rift Opens - A chain reaction of Warp cataclysms rips across the Imperium, plunging its worlds into disaster and awakening the dormant powers of latent psykers across the galaxy. The Imperium is torn in two along its length, giving rise to the phenomenon known as the Cicatrix Maledictum or "Great Rift." Countless civilizations are lost to daemonic incursions as the galaxy burns. Nearly half the galaxy is cut off behind the rift, and becomes known as the Imperium Nihilus or "Dark Imperium."
  • ca. 999.M41 The Battle of Lion's Gate - Barely has Roboute Guilliman returned to Terra when the empyric bow waves of the Great Rift sweep over the Sol System. Riding their boiling crests comes a horde of Khornate daemons, who burst through the skin of reality to assail Terra itself in what is also known as the Second Battle of Terra. Though this is the Adeptus Custodes' nightmare scenario, they enact their Catastrophe Protocols with unshakeable calm and self-assurance. Storming out to meet the invaders alongside Guilliman's Ultramarines and a sizeable complement of the Sisters of Silence, the Custodians successfully deflect the Blood God's attempt to behead the Imperium with a single strike. Victory is bought at a steep price in irreplaceable lives, but it is a victory nonetheless. In the battle's aftermath, Captain-General Trajann Valoris and Guilliman quickly reach an agreement: the role of the Adeptus Custodes must change, for they can no longer effectively defend the Golden Throne from behind the palace ramparts alone.
  • ca. 999.M41- ca. 111.M42 The Indomitus Crusade - Primarich Guilliman, now reinstituted as the Lord Commander of the Imperium, launches his Indomitus Crusade from Terra, to take the fight to the Forces of Chaos. Leading a large task force and augmented by a host of Adeptus Custodes, Sisters of Silence and a large contingent of the newly revealed Primaris Space Marines, Guilliman's crusading fleet brings the Emperor's light to several besieged Imperial star systems. In a hundred war zones, untested strike forces of Primaris Space Marines are unleashed into battle against the forces of the Ruinous Powers. They acquit themselves well, and by the artifice of Archmagos Belisarius Cawl and the strategic genius of Guilliman, they prove themselves worthy inheritors of the title Adeptus Astartes.

42nd Millennium and Onward[]

  • 50,000
  • 200,000 (2,000th century)
    • The period of the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Earth is at its height, covered with megacities, with five Moons and a population of 96 billion, the center of a galactic domain that covers a million worlds and a million species. However, its development is retarded for 91 years by the manipulations of news space station Satellite 5, until it is put back on track by the Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who - The Long Game).
  • 200,100
    • One hundred years on from The Long Game, mankind's development is still being obstructed, this time being kept docile by the watching of hundreds of deadly game shows produced by the Badwolf Corporation (Doctor Who - Bad Wolf).
  • 202,115
    • Events of The Star Kings by Edmond Hamilton.
  • 802,701
    • The Time Traveller encounters a garden world and sees Humanity has divided into the meek Eloi on the surface and the grounddwelling, cannibalistic Morlocks - H. G. Wells' The Time Machine novel and films
  • ~1,000,000
    • The Solar System is destroyed as the Human race leaves its cradle for the last time (Babylon 5).
  • ~2,000,000
  • ~3,000,000
    • Dave Lister awakens from stasis and the events of Red Dwarf take place
  • ~5,000,000
    • The world is in an ice age, Africa and Spain have joined and the Amazon rainforest has vanished. The world is ruled by giant sea birds, lizards with sticky frills, killer birds and huge, carnivorous bats. (The Future Is Wild)
  • ~10,000,000
    • The 57th Segment of Time, when solar activity wipes out all life on Earth. Refugees of humanity leave for the planet Refusis (Doctor Who - The Ark).
  • ~30,000,000
    • The Time Traveler stops on a shoreline, finding a dark world where intelligent life is wiped out, the day/night sequence has vanished, the air thinner, and the Moon gone. Shivering, and with darkness and falling snow, he stares as a solar eclipse begins - and a single football-shaped creature hops about near him - H. G. Wells' novel The Time Machine
  • ~40,000,000
    • Approximately how long humans have lived on a planet called Harmony and when the events in The Memory of Earth take place.
  • 50,000,000
    • After humanity's final extinction, an insect-like race arises on Earth and becomes the dominant species. They are possessed by the Great Race of Yith, who have been forced to leave their previous home on a planet near Taurus. At some point in the future, this race will also die out, and the Yithians will be forced to relocate again to Mercury, taking over the bodies of a plant-race living there. (H.P. Lovecraft)
    • Homo Sapiens have completely died out along with large predators and herbivores. The primary predators are descendants of rodents, appearing as new forms of bears, wolves, and large cats. Even penguins evolve into a kind of small whale - Dougal Dixon 's After Man, 1981
  • 100,000,000
    • The world is very hot due to increased volcanic activity, the continents are barely recognizable and Antarctica is in the tropics. The world is ruled by enormous tortoises, amphibious squid, bird-eating insects, and four-winged, UV-resistant birds. There is a mass extinction around this time. (The Future Is Wild)
  • 200,000,000
    • Events of A. E. van Vogt's The Book of Ptath (1943).
    • The world now contains one continent (much like Pangea) and one global ocean. Most of the world is a desert. The world is inhabited by many species of worm, flying fish, arboreal intelligent squid, and hopping snails. (The Future Is Wild)
  • 6,354,279th century
    • 635,427,810
      • Time Traveller Alex Hartdegen escapes from the Morlocks, but emerges to see the rust-colored clouds and sunlight of the far future and a broad Moon-like landscape laid waste to the horizon - and wonders who the bipeds are, walking in a line in the distance - Simon Wells' production The Time Machine, 2002
  • 4,000,000,000
    • Events on a chunk of Michigan that's traveling through space. (Sharr White's Safe From the Future)
  • 5,000,000,000
    • The year 5.5/Apple/26, when the Sun's expansion is finally allowed to consume the Earth (Doctor Who - The End of the World).
  • 5,000,000,023
    • 23 years after The End of the World, mankind has resettled on New Earth, a planet in the galaxy M87 (Doctor Who - New Earth).
  • 400,000,000,000
    • Commander Höek and Cadet Stimpy explore the uncharted regions of space. (Ren & Stimpy)
  • Simulation of 1912 Earth inside a giant computer.
    • Europe and parts of Africa and Asia disappear and are replaced by a primeval continent (Darwinia (novel)).
  • "1993"
    • The Red Dwarf crew travels into the far distant future to a point after the Universe has begun collapsing towards a Big Crunch, causing time to run backward until it is the equivalent of 1993 on Earth again (or 3991, as the locals write it). They spend three weeks in Nodnol (London backward). In the novel Backwards, they arrive to collect Lister in Niagara Falls in the year 9891 (1989).
  • 100 trillion- The stars and suns have burnt out at the end of the universe approaches. The remnants of the human race live in silos, trying to get to the last paradise, Utopia. the events of Doctor Who (utopia)

The End of Time[]

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe in the novel by Douglas Adams.
  • The Inquisitor decides there is no afterlife or god, and that the only purpose in existence is to lead a worthwhile life. So, he constructs a time machine to judge every person in history. (Red Dwarf)
  • The guru Gaspar and the God of War, Spekkio, await the ones who will slay Lavos and its spawn. (Chrono Trigger) (However, the timeline of Chrono Trigger is completely independent of our Earth's).
  • In the possible future of "The Last Galactus Story" (serialized in "Epic Illustrated"), Galactus battles the Watcher who witnessed his "birth". The two of them battle over a millennia and the universe basically dies around them. Stars burn out and, rather than a "big crunch", entropy wins over all. As the universe verges on flickering out of existence, Galactus draws his last shreds of energy, giving him just enough of an edge to battle the rogue Watcher. Galactus and Nova, his herald, are left in an empty void. Galactus comes to the realization of what he's been doing for billions of years. He cracks his armor and the energy he absorbed spews out of him. Galactus becomes the Big Bang of the next universe. Nova survives and becomes the "Galactus" of the next universe, and the cycle continues.

Beyond the End of Time[]

  • The climax of Isaac Asimov's story The Last Question takes place. The end of time itself is said to be ten trillion years in the future, and the climax of the story occurs even later, after a "timeless interval".
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