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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Neil Postman said we ended up with Brave New World, which gave us too much pleasure, rather than 1984, which dished out punishment. He wrote about how we were being overwhelmed with information and activity back in '85, I think, well before the internet made its way into our homes.
    Postman's book is great, I think about it a lot.


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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Erewhon by Samuel Butler
    "Erewhon satirises various aspects of Victorian society, including criminal punishment, religion and anthropocentrism. For example, according to Erewhonian law, offenders are treated as if they were ill, whereas ill people are looked upon as criminals. Another feature of Erewhon is the absence of machines; this is due to the widely shared perception by the Erewhonians that they are potentially dangerous." Wikipedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongVerb View Post
    I feel like I should mention the film Dark City.
    Does this really count? Doesn’t it end up being people abducted by aliens and they are being held in a small city in the middle of space for experimentation purposes?

    Cool movie, but not sure it’s dystopia.
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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Farenheit 451

    There's also a lot of dystopian dreck, fwiw, particularly YA, but I thought Scott Westerberg's Uglies made some interesting points, particularly regarding how people are kept in check by causing them to focus on their faults.
    Just saw that this should be Scott Westerfeld, not Scott Westerberg. I was probably confusing him with Paul Westerberg; they're a lot alike. Okay, they aren't, I don't think. Scott doesn't think a rock group should call themselves "The" something.
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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Running Man starring Arnold

    It’s ridiculous, of course, but it’s gonna happen at some point in world history. And Jesse Ventura is in it.

    I’d like to second Children of Men. Fantastic.

    Also:

    Gattaca
    Blade Runner
    Akira

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    Chrono Trigger
    Fallout III
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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    New to me. I know nothing about EM Forster except the big mini-series from the 80's.
    It’s excellent. Read it.

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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    I'll second or third Children of Men. Fantastic soundtrack too.

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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    I haven't read his novel yet.

    But one of my favorite satirists is C.J. Hopkins. An American living in Berlin, he writes a lot of biting essays that probably won't go down with a lot of liberals.

    https://consentfactory.org/

    Another book on my radar is This Perfect Day by Ira Levin.

    Levin is a unfairly looked writer. He wrote Rosemary's Baby, Stepford Wives, Boys from Brazil and one of my favorite's, Deathtrap, which is what Knives Out wishes it was.

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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    I'll second or third Children of Men. Fantastic soundtrack too.
    Really. I thought it was pompous and flaccid.

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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    In addition to “do androids dream of electric sheep”, practically everything Philip K Dick wrote falls into this category: Ubik, Martian Time Slip, The man in the high castle, Flow my tears, the policeman said (my favorite), A scanner darkly, The transmigration of Timothy Archer.

    George Saunders has written many stories in that style, with two standouts from 10th of December: Semplica girl diaries, and Escape from Spiderhead.

    Sigismund Krzhizhanovsky is an amazing Soviet writer (1920s-30s) that NYRB classics is translating and publishing and one of his best stories is Memories of the Future” which is Kafka-seque Soviet dystopia. There is a lot of incredible Soviet and Czech sci-fi in translation.
    The Amazon Prime show "The Man in the High Castle" was fantastic. One of the rare occasions where a TV show or movie was much better than the book, IMO.
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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

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    The Amazon Prime show "The Man in the High Castle" was fantastic.
    Agree. However, I immediately followed that up by starting Victoria at my wife's suggestion, and it was pretty difficult to adjust to Rufus Sewell's character in Victoria after watching TMINTHC!

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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    I am probably one of the few people that didn't hate Waterworld. Even I wouldn't put it in as a classic, but I do wonder if it was just before it's time (1995). I suspect it would be better received in the current climate.

    Escape from New York and The Hunger Games all come to mind.

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    Swan Song by Robert McCammon is epic.
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    Re: What are the "Dystopian" classics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Red View Post
    Agree. However, I immediately followed that up by starting Victoria at my wife's suggestion, and it was pretty difficult to adjust to Rufus Sewell's character in Victoria after watching TMINTHC!
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