What science fiction books from the 1980s don't assume the Soviet Union?
August 22, 2013 5:09 PM Subscribe
I'm re-reading Eon by Greg Bear which is starts set in the near future (around 2000) from when it was published. The US and the USSR are of course still very antagonistic. This made me wonder: is there much science fiction published in the 1980s where the author doesn't assume the Soviet Union still exists (or alternately, it still exists but the US and it are not antagonistic)?
posted by R343L to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm obviously looking for stuff that has part of its setting that the USSR doesn't exist in the 1990s/early 2000s. That is, if the story is set in the near future (from publication, the 1990s and early 2000s), then the USSR is explicitly not the antagonistic Cold War enemy of the US (or has collapsed). Alternately, if the story is set further in the future and mentions the late 20th century and early 21st century history, the USSR/US relationship has changed from the antagonistic one that existed until the late 1980s.
On the one hand, the collapse of the Soviet Union was a big surprise so it's no wonder I can't think of any sci-fi where the author predicts that the US/USSR relationship would change drastically. On the other hand, sci-fi authors are sometimes amazingly prescient. So, did any sci-fi authors write (hopefully good!) stories before the Berlin Wall fell or glasnost got going that thought maybe the USSR wasn't going to be around that long?