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1968 The case for De Gaulle: an American viewpoint, City of the Chasch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The High King, The Last Unicorn, The Pigman, A Private Cosmos, Tale of the Troika, The Tripods 2001: A Space Odyssey, Coogan's Bluff, Planet of the Apes The Avengers, Columbo, Dragnet, Get Smart, Lost in Space, The Prisoner, Star Trek Arlo, At Folsom Prison, The Beatles, "Both Sides Now", "Classical Gas", "Hey Jude", "Mr Bojangles", "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", "Sympathy For The Devil", Village Green Preservation Society,"The Weight", "What A Wonderful World"   Anthony Boucher, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mervyn Peake April 1968 lunar eclipse, Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech: 04/20, Les événements de mai, Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: 08/20-21, Nixon, Humphrey, Wallace, Apollo 8: 12/21-27, Pueblo crew released: 12/23
1969 The book of imaginary beings, The Philosopher's Stone, Slaughterhouse-Five, Ubik The Bridge at Remagen, Support Your Local Sheriff, La voie lactée Doctor Who - Third Doctor, Monty Python's Flying Circus Abbey Road, Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), Tommy, Yellow Submarine The ARPAnet Is Born Mary Jo Kopechne, Sharon Tate, John Kennedy Toole, Moise Tshombe President Charles de Gaulle resigns: 4/28, Cuyahoga River fire: 6/22, Apollo 11: 7/16-24, Woodstock: 8/15-18, Bloodless coup in Libya: 9/1
1970 Lost Continents, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Nine Princes in Amber Patton   "Into The Mystic", Jesus Christ Superstar, "Long As I Can See The Light", "My Sweet Lord", "Sweet Jane", Tea For The Tillerman, This Time Tomorrow   Charles de Gaulle, António Salazar Biafra war ends: 1/15
1971 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Peculiar Exploits of Brigadier Ffellowes, The Savage God, To Your Scattered Bodies Go A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, Harold and Maude, Support Your Local Gunfighter Columbo "City Of New Orleans", Muswell Hillbillies, Teaser And The Firecat   Louis Armstrong, John W. Campbell, Jr.  
1972 The Annotated Sherlock Holmes (2nd ed., 8th printing), Le città invisibili, No Longer on the Map, Squawwwk!, Watership Down The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds The Godfather,   "Celluloid Heroes", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "I Can See Clearly Now", "Someday Never Comes", "Walk On The Wild Side"     Nixon v. McGovern
1973 The Ascent of Man, Le Camp des saints, Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers Enter the Dragon, Soylent Green Harry O The Dark Side of the Moon, "I Got a Name", Preservation Act I, "Shambala"   Leo Strauss, J.R.R. Tolkien The Yom Kippur War: 10/6-25
1974 Butcher’s Moon, The Cyberiad, Fletch, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Blazing Saddles, Dark Star, Steppenwolf, The Taking of Pelham 123, Zardoz Doctor Who - Fourth Doctor, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, A Prairie Home Companion, The Rockford Files "Lonely People"   Kurt Wiese 2-3-74, Carnation Revolution: 4/25, Nixon resigns: 8/8
1975 Grimus, The Star Diaries Jaws Barney Miller, Dr. Madblood, Saturday Night Live "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Oh What A Night", "Take It To The Limit"   James Blish, Francisco Franco, Arnold J. Toynbee Fall of Saigon: 4/29-30, Mayaguez Incident: 5/12-15
1976 Howard The Duck, How to Make Yourself Miserable, The Sins of the Fathers The Bad News Bears, The Big Bus, Rocky, Silver Streak, Taxi Driver The Muppet Show, Quincy M.E., SCTV, Wonder Woman "Don't Cry Out Loud", "Don't Fear the Reaper", "Fernando", Warren Zevon, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"     Carter v. Ford
1977 Cerebus, Charles Fort Never Mentioned Wombats, The Dragons of Eden, The German Wars, 1914-1945, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Midnight at the Well of Souls, The Silmarillion A Bridge Too Far, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Le Crabe-tambour, The Mouse and His Child, Starship Invasions, Star Wars Soldier's Home Before and After Science,"Come Sail Away", "Dust in the wind","Give a Little Bit", "Margaritaville", "Solsbury Hill", Stranger, "We Are The Champions"      
1978 And having writ..., The Stand Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, The End, Every Which Way But Loose, Watership Down, The Wild Geese Connections, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quark, WKRP in Cincinnati Excitable Boy, "Follow You Follow Me", "The Gambler", Son of a Son of a Sailor, "Still the Same"   Paul VI & John Paul I, Edmund Crispin, Hope Mirrlees, Eric Frank Russell Jonestown: 11/18
1979 Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, Atheism: The Case Against God, Broca's Brain, Shikasta Americathon, Apocalypse Now, Being There, Mad Max, Meatballs, The Warriors The Wild Wild West Revisited Fear Of Music, "The Logical Song", Low Budget, "Video Killed the Radio Star", The Wall   Richard C. Meredith fall of Rhodesia: 06/01, Nicaragua: 7/16-19, Panama Canal Zone: 10/01, U.S. embassy in Iran: 11/04, Afghanistan: 12/25-27
1980 A Confederacy of Dunces, Still Life with Woodpecker, Sundiver Airplane!, The Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, Little Miss Marker, My Bodyguard, The Ninth Configuration Cosmos, Fridays, It's About Time, The Lathe of Heaven, Magnum, P.I., Yes Minister "Ace Of Spades", "Against the Wind", Cosmos theme, "Let My Love Open The Door", "The Rose"   David Janssen, John Lennon Fall of Liberia: 4/12, Operation Eagle Claw: 4/24, Iraq invades Iran: 9/22, Reagan v. Carter
1981 Cities of the Red Night, The Nine Nations of North America Arthur, Escape from New York, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Scanners, Stripes, Time Bandits The Greatest American Hero, Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders, Hill Street Blues, MTV, Simon & Simon, The Wave "Bette Davis Eyes", "Better Things", "Dancing With Myself", "Don't Stop Believin'", "Doors Of Your Heart", Give The People What They Want, "Limelight", Give The People What They Want, Love over Gold, Mistaken Identity, "Only A Dream Away", "Rudie Can't Fail", "Watching the Wheels", "Who Can It Be Now?"   Frances Yates Reagan shot: 3/30, Pope shot: 5/13
1982 Alexander Hamilton, The Gunslinger, The Elfin Ship, Ham on Rye, The Nomad of Time Eating Raoul, First Blood, My Favorite Year, Young Doctors in Love Cheers, Q.E.D., Remington Steele, Square Pegs, The Young Ones "Blister in the Sun", "Come On Eileen!", "Hungry like the wolf", "I Melt With You", Love Over Gold, "Our House", "Rock the Casbah", "Southern Cross", "Under Pressure"   Philip K. Dick, Ayn Rand The Tylenol murders begin: 9/29
1983 The Colour of Magic, The Four Lords of the Diamond, King of the Wood, The Starship and the Canoe, The Truth about the Neutron Bomb The Dresser, High Road to China, The Meaning of Life, Utu The A-Team, Black Adder, Thistle & Shamrock "99 Luftballons", "Eyes Without A Face", "Here Comes The Rain Again", "Leave A Tender Moment Alone", State Of Confusion, "Sweet Dreams", "Total Eclipse of the Heart"   Eric Hoffer  
1984 The Helix and the Sword  Beverly Hills Cop, Ghost Busters, The Karate Kid, Repo Man, Romancing the Stone, Sixteen Candles, The Terminator The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Nadia, You Can't Take It with You "Coming Back to You", "If it be Your will", Once in a Lifetime, "One Night in Bangkok", Word Of Mouth     Third Turning, Reagan v. Mondale, Bernhard Goetz Incident: 12/22
1985 Ender's Game Back to the Future, Better Off Dead, Brazil, Rambo: First Blood Part II Moonlighting Brothers In Arms, "In between days", "Take On Me", "These Dreams, "La Vie Dansante"      
1986 Four Complete Novels / Trevanian, Homunculus, The Patriot Game 'Crocodile' Dundee, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, F/X, The Golden Child, Highlander, Jake Speed, Running Scared, Stand by Me, Twisted Flashback! with Bill St. James, The Return of Sherlock Holmes     Jorge Luis Borges  
1987 The Closing of the American Mind, Language in the Americas Hellraiser, Robocop   The Joshua Tree   James Burnham Ronald Reagan: 'Tear Down this Wall' 6/15
1988   Rambo III Red Dwarf "I'm gonna be (500 miles)", I'm Your Man   Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak Bush v. Dukakis
1989 Albion's Seed, Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, Destructive Generation, Foucault's Pendulum, Subterranean Worlds The 'burbs, Far from Home, Field of Dreams, Heathers, Pink Cadillac, Say Anything The Simpsons "End Of The Line", "We Didn't Start the Fire"     Tiananmen Massacre: 6/4, Berlin Wall torn down: 11/9
1990   Cool Blue, Edward Scissorhands, Joe Versus the Volcano, Miami Blues, Mister Frost, Pump Up the Volume The Civil War, Law & Order, Twin Peaks "Cradle Of Love", "Lorca's Novena"      
1991 Generations, Leaving Las Vegas, Native Tongue, A Soldier of the Great War Final Approach, F/X2,Hudson Hawk, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Rapture, Zeram The Red Green Show   The World Wide Web Is Developed   Gulf War: 1/16-3/3, end of Yugoslavia (6/25) and USSR (12/25)
1992 The Black Echo, Our Country The Waterdance   The Future   Isaac Asimov, Fritz Hayek First definitive detection of exoplanets: 4/21, Ruby Ridge: 8/21, Discovery of the candidate Kuiper belt object 1992 QB1: 8/30, Clinton, Bush, Perot
1993 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?, Dreamsicle Jurassic Park The X-Files "Come to my Window", "Fields of Gold", "The River of Dreams"   Keith Laumer Waco massacre: 4/19
1994 The Camp of the Saints, The Physics of Immortality, Watch the Skies! In the Mouth of Madness, The Professional, Stargate The Critic, High Tide, Touched by an Angel Shape of my Heart   Robert Bloch, John O'Brien Calif. Proposition 187, Did the 1994 Elections Bring on a Political Realignment?
1995 1939, Alien Nation, The End of Racism, The Next American Nation, Stormy Weather 12 Monkeys, Coldblooded, Leaving Las Vegas, Unstrung Heroes American Experience, Unhappily Ever After Animusic, "Days Like This", "How Bizarre", "Walking in Memphis" The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia, WWWF Grudge Match   Oklahoma City bombing: 4/19
1996 The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order Bed of Roses, Broken Arrow, Executive Decision, Fargo, Happy Gilmore F/X, Millennium, Profiler, Profit, Psi Factor, Two   Evil Overlord List, Flying Moose of Nargothrond, Mark Rosenfelder's Metaverse, Planet Egomania Carl Sagan Proposition 209 (California Civil Rights Initiative), Clinton, Dole, Perot
1997 Comeback, Drawing Life, Hamilton's Republic, Killing Floor, Out of America, Promised Land, Crusader State, The Sense of Reality Grosse Pointe Blank, Playing God Intensity, King of the Hill, Murder Call, South Park, Stargate SG-1, Uncommon Knowledge "Angel", Karma The Laissez Faire Electronic Times    
1998 The Great Betrayal The Big Lebowski, Dark City, Saving Private Ryan, The Wedding Singer, The X-Files Brimstone, Da Vinci's Inquest, Seven Days Paris Combo   Harold Keith, Enoch Powell Landslide Victory for Proposition 227 in California: 6/5, Clinton Impeached: 12/9
1999 Hearts in Atlantis, Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer, A Republic, Not an Empire Blast from the Past, Payback, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut Family Guy, Futurama, Harsh Realm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit   Family Circus Parody Folds Tent,    
2000 From the Corner of his Eye The Kid, Saving Grace, Unbreakable CSI, Gormenghast, Malcolm in the Middle, Maximum Exposure, Murder Rooms, Raid "Ourselves to Know", "Solitary Man" Spengler L. Sprague de Camp, John Sladek Bush v. Gore
2001 The Death of the West, Special Providence, American Gods Hearts in Atlantis, Serendipity 24, Jazz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Lone Gunmen, The Oblongs   Little Green Footballs, Laissez Firearm Eheu fugaces! Douglas Adams, Mortimer J. Adler, Gordon R. Dickson, Joseph Greenberg, George Harrison, Timothy McVeigh, Mark Penman 9/11, Battle of Afghanistan: 10/7
2002 The Golden Age, The Salmon Of Doubt El Alamein CSI: Miami, John Doe, Monk, The Shield, Without a Trace "I Shall Not Walk Alone", The Last DJ, "The Man Comes Around", "The Rising", "She Will Be Loved" the dissident frogman, IMAO, Lonewacko, The Long View, View from the Right, The War Nerd George Alec Effinger, Pim Fortuyn, Alec Campbell  
2003 Parasites Like Us Master and Commander, Raid Two and a Half Men, Cold Case, NCIS "Are You Sure?", "Hurt", "Keep Me in Your Heart" American Digest, Gates of Vienna, John C. Wright's Journal, The Sneeze, Zacht Ei Herb Gardner, Warren Zevon, Paul Zindel Battle of Iraq: 3/19
2004 The Girl Watchers Club, Pandora's Star, Who Are We Miracle, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Team America: World Police CSI: NY, Lost, House, Stargate: Atlantis "Collide", "Numa Numa" American Future, The Diplomad, EUReferendum Ronald Reagan, Theo van Gogh 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks, Bush v. Kerry
2005 Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, The Last Guardian of Everness, Orphans of Chaos The Ice Harvest, Joyeux Noel Bones, The Closer, Criminal Minds, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Numb3rs [sic] "Bad Day", "Get To Me", "Nothing But The Wheel" Apathy Curve Johnny Carson, Jack L. Chalker, Andrea Dworkin ["Ding, dong, the witch is dead!"], John Paul II, Hunter S. Thompson, Trevanian  
2006 The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science, Sailing from Byzantium, Wild Fire Pan's Labyrinth, Silent Hill Heroes "Chasing Cars" Attack Cartoons  Stanislaw Lem, Joseph Stefano Montenegro declares independence: 06/04, Pluto Demoted: 08/24, Norks go nuclear: 10/09
2007   Martian Child, Next The Big Bang Theory   Unqualified Reservations Lloyd Alexander, Ian Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, Boris Yeltsin U.S., European powers recognize Kosovo: 2/18
2008 Dirty Money Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Soviet Story, The X Files: I Want to Believe The Mentalist   Whiskey's Place William F. Buckley Jr., Arthur C Clarke, Samuel P. Huntington, Donald Westlake Obama v. McCain
2009 Relentless  2012 Castle, Lie to Me, SGU Stargate Universe     John Hughes   
2010 Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child Cop Out, Inception, Red The Glades, Justified, Rizzoli & Isles, Sherlock "Ain't No Grave"   Stephen J. Cannell Colorado Gubernatorial Election, Congressional Election, "Arab Spring" begins
2011 After America Colombiana, Paul       Russell Hoban V-OBL Day, 5/2 South Sudan secedes, July 9 London race riots, 8/6-10
2012 Coming Apart, The Righteous Mind Looper, Ruby Sparks Elementary     Ray Bradbury, Carol Kendall, John J. Reilly Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, 6/5; Apparatchik vs. Plutocrat
2013     Motive, Zero Hour "Nothing More"   Lawrence Auster, Frederik Pohl, Jack Vance Boston Marathon bombings, 4/15
2014     Fargo, True Detective     Pete Seeger