Dystopic societies / Dystopia

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  1. gblnking

    gblnking New Member

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    I’m looking for books with a "Logan’s Run” feel. Preferably Books on futuristic dystopian societies authored within the last few years. Any ideas?
     
  2. Nicolas

    Nicolas Intrigued diletante

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    The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi maybe?

    I haven't read it yet so I can't say much about the book itself, but it was generally very well received. Wikipedia page here.
     
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    It might be worth extending your timescale by a few decades to get some choice works. In terms of dystopias there is a lot that is better and deeper and broader in scope than Logan's Run. It was a major theme of the New Wave SF but in one form or another was a major preoccupation of 20th century lit. You will find good essays on this in the major SF encyclopaedias.

    Off the top of my head:

    The biggies:
    Brave New World Aldous Huxley
    1984 George Orwell

    also check out Franz Kafka

    More contemporary:
    Neuromancer etc William Gibson
    High Rise, Cocaine Nights, Super-Cannes etc etc JG Ballard
    Lots of stuff by Richard Morgan
    The Godwhale TJ Bass
    Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
    Lots of stuff by Iain M Banks
    Lots of stuff by Michel Houellebecq
    The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Attwood

    Films:
    Metropolis
    Brazil
    Sleeper
    Matrix
    Soylent Green
    THX 1138
    Akira


    Comics:
    2000AD esp Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog
     
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is an obvious choice (although, as with Hitmouse's list, this isn't exactly recent). Maybe We by Yevgeny Zamyatin will also be of interest (although that book has a lot less science in it than some of the others mentioned here).
     
  5. BettyCross

    BettyCross Writer by Profession

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    I wrote a dystopian sci-fi novel.

    Is it permissible to mention it here? If not, email me at betty_bator@yahoo.com and we'll talk.

    Betty Cross
     
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    Alastair Reynold's stuff tends to be dystopian, especially the Revelation Space novels.
     
  7. ravenlynne

    ravenlynne Bowties Are Cool.

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    Battle Royale...similar to hunger games but FAR more bloody with a bit more tech.
    Children of Men
    Running Man
    A Scanner Darkly
    Lathe of Heaven
     
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    I recommend The Windup Girl.

    I found it to be thrilling, thought-provoking, suspenseful, and very frightening.

    Bacigalupi pulls no punches here when exposing the dark side of human nature. If seeking escapist fiction or a clearly defined good versus evil tale, you may be disappointed.