Books from the 21st Century

English Futures Books from the 21st Century

This list was compiled from contributions by members and is arranged in alphabetical order.

Abramyan, Evgeny, (2009), Civilization in the twenty-first century : Analysis of world situation and prospects for the future, Translated from Russian by Alexander Kondorsky, Moscow

Adam, Barbara (2004), Time (Key Concepts), Cambridge, UK, Polity Press.

Adam, Barbara & Groves, Chris (2007), Future Matters: Action, Knowledge, Ethics (Supplements to the Study of Time), Leiden, The Netherlands, Brill.

Alcamo, J (Ed) (2008), Environmental Futures, Amsterdam, Elsevier.

Antón, Philip S, Schneider, James & Silberglitt, Richard (2001), The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/Nano/Materials Trends and Their Synergies with Information Technology by 2015, Santa Monica, CA, RAND

Appadurai, A. The Future as Cultural Fact, London, Verso, 2013

Attali, Jacques (2009), A Brief History of the Future, Allen & Unwin (Originally published in French in 2006 as Une Brève histoire de l’avenir)

Bindé, Jérôme (Ed) (2001), Keys to the 21st century, UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura – Berghahn Books.

Bindé, Jérôme (Ed) (2004), The future of values: 21st Century Talks, UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura.

Bindé, Jérôme (Ed) (2007), Making Peace With the Earth: Twenty-first Century Talks, The Philosopher’s Library Series, UNESCO.

Borch, Kristian; Dingli, Sandra; Sørgaard Jørgensen, Michael (Eds.) (2013): Participation and Interaction in Foresight. Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions”, London: Edward Elgar Publishers

Bowers, C.A.  Let Them Eat Data; How computers affect education, cultural diversity and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability. 2000

Brockman, John (Ed) (2002), The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-first Century, New York, Vintage Books.

Bryant, R. and D. M. Knight, The Anthropology of the Future, Cambridge University Press 2019.

United Nations Development Program (2002), A Guide to Conducting Futures Studies in Africa, Translated from the French by Cairncross, Ian, UNDP.

Candy, Stuart, Potter, Cher (Eds) (2019) Design and Futures, Tamkang University Press

Collins, Samuel G (2008), All Tomorrow’s Futures, Anthropological Engagements with the Future, Berghahn Books.

Cornish, Edward (2005), Futuring: The Exploration of the Future, The World Future Society.

Corsi, Patrick (2017), Going Past Limits to Growth: A Report to the Club of Rome EU-Chapter, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Cooper, Richard N, Layard, Richard (2002), What the Future Holds: Insights from Social Science, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Dator, Jim (Ed) (2002), Advancing Futures: Futures Studies in Higher Education, Praeger Studies on the 21st Century, London, Praeger, Westport, Connecticut.

Dator, Jim (2019), A noticer in time. Selected work, 1967-2018. Springer Nature Press

Dewar, James (2002), Assumption-Based Planning: A Tool for Reducing Avoidable Surprises, Cambridge University Press.

Eisler, R (2000), Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century, Boulder, CO, Westview Press.

Fox, Mary Frank, Deborah G. Johnson and Sue Vilhauer Rosser. 2006. Women, gender, and technology. Urbana, University of Illinois Press.

Friedman, George (2009), The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century, Doubleday.

Georghiou Luke, Harper, Jennifer Cassingena, Keenan, Michael, Miles, Ian, & Popper, Rafael (Eds) (2008), The Handbook of Technology Foresight: Concepts and Practice, PRIME Series on Research and Innovation Policy in Europe, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Gidley, Jennifer (2020), “The Secret to Growing Brilliant Children: Volume 1: Steiner Education for the 21st Century”. Bear Books.

Gidley, Jennifer (2017), The Future: A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press. (Watch a Book Interview here) – (Watch another related video here)

Gidley, Jennifer (2016), Postformal Eudcation: A Philosophy for Complex Futures, Springer Interational Publishing

Gidley, Jennifer & Inayatullah, Sohail (Eds) (2002), Youth Futures: Comparative Research and Transformative Visions, London, Praeger, Westport, Connecticut.

Gordon, Theodore J., Florescu, Elizabeth, Glenn, Jerome J., Sharan, Yair (2017), Identification of Potential Terrorists and Adversary Planning: Emerging Technologies and New Counter-Terror Strategies: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series E: Human and Societal Dynamics Vol.132, Amsterdam, IOS Press.

Glenn, J and Millennium Project Team (2020). Work/Technology 2050: Scenarios and Actions, The Millennium Project, Washington, DC.

Glenn, Jerome C., Florescu, Elizabeth, Millennium Project Team (2017), State of the Future 19.1, Washington, DC, The Millennium Project

NOTE> The Millennium Project has published a different State of the Future for 1997 each year to 2012 and then the 2013-14 and 2015-2016 State of the Future

Glenn, Jerome C. & Gordon, Theodore J., (Eds) (2009) Futures Research Methodology 3.0, Washington, DC, The Millennium Project. (also in Farsi/Persian and soon Spanish)

Glenn, Jerome C., Gordon, Theodore, J (2001), Future International Environmental Security Issues & Potential Military Requirements over the period 2010-2025, Atlanta, Army Environmental Policy Institute.

Glenn, Jerome C., Gordon, Theodore, J., Florescu, Elizabeth (2000) Global Challenges for Humanity: UN Millennium Summit & Forum 2000, San Francisco, State of the World.

Heinonen, Sirkka & Karjalainen, Joni (2019). Electrification in Peer-to-Peer Society – a New Narrative for Sustainable Futures. FFRC eBook 1/2019. is available online at:

Hideg, É., 2015,: Paradigms in the futures field. Corvinus University of Budapest, p.172. ,

Hideg, É, (ed.), 2009, Futures studies in the interactive society. Futures Studies Department of Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, p.250. ,

Hines, Andy, & Bishop, Peter (Eds) (2006), Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight, Washington, Social Technologies.

Inayatullah, Sohail (Ed) (2004), The Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader: Theory and case studies of an integrative and transformative method, Tamkang University.

Inayatullah, Sohail (Ed) (2005), Questioning the Future: Methods and Tools for Organizational and Societal Transformation, Taipei, Tamkang University Press.

Inayatullah, Sohail & Boxwell, Gail (Eds) (2003), Islam, Postmodernism and other futures: A Ziauddin Sardar reader, Pluto Press.

Inayatullah, Sohail, & Gidley, Jennifer (Eds) (2000), The University in Transformation: Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University, London, Praeger, Westport, Connecticut.

Kaku, Michio (2008), Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel, Doubleday.

Kapoor, Rakesh (2019), The Restless Futurist – Seth’s Quest for Transforming India, Vitasta Publishing

Karacaoglu,  Girol (2021), Love you: public policy for intergenerational wellbeing, Wellington: The Tuwhiri Project Ltd

Kurzweil, Ray (2006), The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Viking Adult.

Kuusi, Osmo, Heinonen, Sirkka, Salminen, Hazel (Eds.) (2017) How Do We Explore Our Futures? Methods of Futures Research, The Finnish Society for Futures Studies (

László, E (2001), Macroshift: Navigation the Transformation to a Sustainable World, San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

László, E (2006), The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads, Charlottsville, VA, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.

Lempert, Robert J, Popper, Steven W, & Bankes, Steven C (2003), Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Long-Term Policy Analysis, Rand. [Free download available from

Lombardo, Thomas (2006) The Evolution of Future Consciousness: The Nature and Historical Development of the Human Capacity to Think about the Future, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Lombardo, Thomas (2006) Contemporary Futurist Thought: Science Fiction, Future Studies, and Theories and Visions of the Future in the Last Century, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Lombardo, Thomas (2011) Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future: Selected Essays. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.

Lombardo, Thomas (2017) Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution. London: Changemakers Books.

Lombardo, Thomas (2018) Science Fiction – The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future: Prometheus to the Martians (Volume 1). London: Changemakers Books.

Lustig, Patricia, (2015), Strategic Foresight: Learning from the Future, Triarchy Press Ltd.

Lustig, Patricia & Gill Ringland, (2018), Megatrends and How to Survive Them: preparing for 2032, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Mannermaa, M, Dator, J, Tiihonen, P (Eds) (2006), Democracy and Futures, Committee for the Future, Helsinki, Parliament of Finland.

McCallum, Kate & Morie, Jacquelyn Ford (2020),  Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media, IGI Publishing.

Meadows, Donella, Randers, Jorgen, Meadows, Dennis (2004), Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, Vermont, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, White River Junction.

Micic, P (2010), The Five Futures Glasses: How to see and understand more of the future with the Eltville Model, Houndsville, Palgrave Macmillan.

Milojevic, I (2005), Educational Futures: Dominant and Contesting Visions, London, Routledge.

Miller, Riel (2018) Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century, London: Routledge.

Molitor, Graham (2003), The Power to Change the World: The Art of Forecasting, Bethesda, Md, Public Policy Forecasting.

Motti, Victor Vahidi (2019), A Transformation Journey to Creative and Alternative Planetary Futures, UK: Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Watch a book launch here).

Nederveen Pieterse, J (Ed) (2000), Global futures: Shaping globalization, New York, Zed Books.

Nicolescu, B (2002), Manifesto of Transdisciplinarity, Translated by Karen-Claire Voss, New York, SUNY Press.

Nováky, E, Fridrik, Sz, Szél, B (Eds) (2004), Action for the Future, Budapest, Futures Studies Centre, Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.

Nováky, E, Gáspár, T, & Tyukodi, G (Eds) (2002), Changing Values – Forming New Societies, Budapest, Futures Studies Centre, University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.

Nováky, E, Kristóf, T (Eds) (2000), The Youth for a Less Selfish Future, Budapest, Department of Futures Studies, Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.

Nováky, E, Ramba Varga, V, Kalas K?szegi, M (Eds) (2001), Futures Studies in the European Ex-Socialist Countries, Budapest, Futures Studies Centre, Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.

Poli, Roberto (2017), Introduction to Anticipation Studies, Springer International Publishing

Poli, Roberto (Ed) (2017), Handbook of Anticipation: Theoretical and Applied Aspects of the Use of Future in Decision Making, Springer International Publishing

Poli, Roberto (2019), Working with the Future: Ideas and Tools to Govern Uncertainty,  EGEA SPA – BOCCONI UNIVERSITY PRESS

Scharmer, Claus Otto (2007), Theory U: Leading from the Future As It Emerges, SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning.

Schreiber, D., & Berge, Z. (Eds.) (2019) Futures thinking and organizational policy: Managing rapid change in technology, globalization and workforce diversity. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan International Publishers, subsidiary of Springer Nature Publishing Group.

Schwartz, Peter (2003), Inevitable Surprises, Gotham

Sills, Joe B., Glenn, Jerome C., Gordon, Florescu, Elizabeth, Gordon, Theordore J. (2000) Environmental Crimes in Military Actions and the International Criminal Court (ICC) – UN Perspectives, Atlanta, Army Environmental Policy Institute

Slaughter, Richard A (2003), Monograph Series, Australian Foresight Institute.

Slaughter, R. A. (2004), Futures Beyond Dystopia: Creating Social Foresight, London, RoutledgeFalmer.

Stanley, David J (2007), History and Future. Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future, Lexington Books.

Taub, Lawrence (2002), The Spiritual Imperative: Sex, Age, and the Last Caste, Second Edition, San Francisco,Clear Glass Publications. [Translated into Spanish and Japanese.]

Textor, Robert B (Ed) (2005), “The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future – Vol 6” in Margaret Mead, The Study of Contemporary (Western) Cultures, Berghahn Books.

Van der Duin, Patrick (2007), Knowing tomorrow? How science deals with the future, Eburon Academic Publishers. See also UNESCO World Report 2005 (English)

Van Woensel, Lieve, (2020), A Bias Radar for Responsible Policy-Making: Foresight-Based Scientific Advice, Palgrave Pivot, Cham

Wheelwright, Verne (2010), It’s Your Future…Make It a Good One! Personal Futures Network; Harlingen

Wheelwright, Verne (2019), Small Business Foresight: The Future of Your Business, Paper Fibers International, Inc

Yonck, Richard (2020), Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe. Arcade Publishing, NY.

Yonck, Richard (2017), Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence. Arcade Publishing, NY.