Jump to content
rllmuk
Sign in to follow this  
bum

Can anyone recommend some dystopian fiction?

Recommended Posts

Have you read anything by China Miéville? I'd say quite a few of his books qualify, Perdido St Station or The City And The City for examples.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have you read any JG Ballard? You can throw a stick at his entire body of long and short fiction, and have a 50% chance of hitting something dystopian.

 

The other 50% could be about literally anything, of course.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read a lot of sci-fi, especially dystopian novels. Need some lightness after reading about Brexit. 

 

Buy American War by Omar El Akkad. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a fair few years. Follows the aftermath of a Second American Civil War in 2074. It’s grounded in a certain amount of realism which makes it essential reading. It was written prior to Trump but seems to have become even more relevant since. It shows how division happens so easily, how radicalisation occurs and the impact on the society it occurs in. The impact of global warming, WMDs, radical approaches to migration and discrimination all play a huge role in the plot. It’s also beautifully written and has received an awful lot of worthwhile plaudits. 

 

Could suggest a load of others when Im back home but that one jumps to mind immediately. Same with Station Eleven by Emily St Mandel. Somewhat softer in tone but a good read.

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Darren said:

Does The Handmaid’s Tale count? If so, that.

 

Man, how can you ask if that's dystopian or not? It ain't utopian, for sure.

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only reason I ask is because I think the guy currently in charge of the US might see it as a utopia. It seems like less of a fictonal 'what-if' these days and more like it might be just around the corner.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Strategos said:

I'm currently reading Gnomon 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33852053-gnomon

 

I haven't finished it yet but am pretty compelled so far. It could turn to shite in the final act but I hope not :) 

 

Dystopian and topical. Recommend 

 

That cropped up on a few of last year's 'best of' lists. I've bought it but not got round to starting yet.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you haven't read any of the classics then 1984 and Brave New World are must reads @I say

 

I'd echo JG Ballard but it isn't sci-fi dystopia in the sense that 1984 and Brave New World are.

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is superb.

 

Another vote for The Handmaid's Tale, it's brilliant.

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a must read too.

 

PD James' Children of Men is pretty damn good.

 

There are so many - get reading.

 

I'm going to read this next year

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/24/the-book-of-joan-by-lidia-yuknavitch-review

The Book of Joan. Sounds bonkers.

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.