A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Books from the 80s or 90s involving a dystopian future earth with orbiting space stations

I remember reading a series of books in the early 90s (at least 4, maybe as many as 6) that were set on and around a future earth where vast cities covered the planet, there was a grimy underground ...
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Movie about gene therapy and genetics-based jobs

I saw a movie several years ago and I have not been able to find it since. It was about a dystopian society where parents could modify the genes of their children before birth. Some individuals, ...
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What dystopian TV show has kids running an underground newspaper?

I am trying to remember a TV series that I watched as a kid in the early 90's from either the 70's or 80's that involved a group of kids living in a grey (literally) dystopian world. They were running ...
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YA: girl wakes up on spaceship/station where everything is sterile and automatic

I read a book when I was in I think 4th or 5th grade and I am 30 now. I do not know when it was written, but I read it around the same time that "The Giver" came out which was 1993. A girl woke up ...
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Looking for a novel about a dystopian future where the resistance operates a help line

I read this while up at my grandparents somewhere around 1990ish. Given how many books they had from when my dad was growing up, there's a decent chance that it's older. It was a novel where the ...
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Dystopian short play identification?

I read this play in my Literature class not too long ago but cannot remember the name, nor find any clue of it on the internet. It's rather short -- we got through the majority of it in the hour ...
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Very old Matrix-like short story, based on chemicals released into the air, pre-computer

I am looking for a story about the future of mankind, in which most people have been enslaved in a virtual reality. It ends with the revelation that the people are just lying there imagining their ...
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I'm looking for a sci fi book with a tribal woman, hermaphrodites, and implanting minds into new bodies

I read a sci fi book roughly 20 years ago (late nineties) but for the life of me I cannot remember the title nor locate the book on Amazon or elsewhere online. I don't know when the book was actually ...
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Why was the 21st chapter in the early American publications of A Clockwork Orange omitted?

Most Americans were unaware of the missing last chapter; the movie even follows the American novelization. Why in America was the 21st chapter removed when it first came to the US? In Europe the ...
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Dystopian future, an old novel where everyone only has a three day memory?

I'm trying to find the name and/or author of a story I read in the 1990s (I think) about a future where everyone takes 'memory loss' pills. It means you only remember three days of short term stuff, ...
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Children (teens) escape from false-utopia where adults are subjugated by AI(s)

I am pretty sure I read it in the mid-80's. The plot elements which I remember: In the future, some Artificial Intelligence (or possibly a collection of AIs) has subjugated humanity. All adults are ...
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looking for early 2000's sci fi youth fiction set in future, kids have mental powers that let them simulate war

I just got a vague memory of a book I read when I was in middle school, and I'd love to find it again but I only have a basic grasp of the plot and some tiny details. Set sometime in the future or ...
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End-of-humanity SF

A recent story-id question introduced me to a Thomas M. Disch novel about the end of humanity while fighting, and losing, against overwhelmingly powerful alien invaders. This was in the early 1960s. ...
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Trying to find the name of a book - dystopian sci-fi

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction slash dystopian book I saw in a bookstore in South Africa within the last three years (2010-2013). It was a new release at the time, and possibly the ...
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Identify Dog-eat-dog society story

This story was set in an over-crowded 'hot-house' of a city, a dog-eat-dog society where only the most competitive individuals survive and rise to power.The revelation is that another society then ...
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YA short story about crowd control terrorism with black an white images, set in elementary school, part of anthology

images that look like QR codes used to scramble peoples' brains, make them lose sight temporarily and maybe make them hear a piercing noise? kids going through halls of school wearing ...
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A kind of 1984 remake, in an Internet based society

I am looking for the title and author of a specific novel, a social dystopia that sort of takes after 1984, but takes place on the Internet where some Big Brother, controlled by corporations, watches ...
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Social dystopia requiring conformant behavior

I am trying to remember the name of a film I saw where people have to abandon their own personality and free will to adapt to the standard of a community, similar in theme to "The Stepford wives". The ...
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Story involving the rumoured “whisper line”: 2 points in a subterranean prison between which it is possible to communicate

I have vague memories of a sci-fi story that involves "the whisper line" as a crucial plot device. The whisper line refers to 2 secret points in a highly oppressive prison institution between which it ...
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1980's children's novel about present-day post-nuclear USA?

I'm looking for the title to a book I read in the 80's about a family set in the present day surviving after a nuclear holocaust. The whole family survives for a time. The little girl hides under a ...
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Identify Story: Dystopian Children's Novel About Subterranean Class System

This is a book that haunted me for years. A girl lives on a very low level of an ant-hill-like society where most people live underground (supposedly due to a polluted surface). Most of the people ...
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Looking for late 70s short story anthology, we'd call it YA now. May have included Leiber's “A Pail of Air”

Read this in the school library - all the stories were very dysotopian. One involved a character named 'Emelen' who by the end of the story discovers they are just one of many discarded clones (MLN). ...
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A book my brother-in-law read when he was growing-up in the 70's/80's, possibly post-apocalyptic.

It sounds like a post-apocalyptic story from what he told me. The only details he could give me other than that was a character called Kincaid (unsure of spelling) and a group called the Kriss (again ...
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Short-story ID about man who finds electricity in a dystopian society only to be driven into wilderness

I remember almost all of the story details except the name and author! Here are some bigger points: I believe it's an older story - between the 60s-70s. People in this future are encouraged to ...
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How much was Equilibrium influenced by Fahrenheit 451?

I see some similarities between the movie Equilibrium and the book Fahrenheit 451. Does anyone know if there is actually any association? or am i just looking at the extremely basic ideas of ...
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What is this novel set in a future where telepaths are persecuted?

Here's what I remember about the book: It was published in the 1980's as a mass market paperback. The cover features people in white jumpsuits. One of the telepathic characters is a ...
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1970/80s YA novel about dystopian divided country of cities and countryside?

I read this book as a kid in the 80s at school. Its about a dystopian country where the protagonist lives in a dirty city environment (there are no longer book as they are deemed unsanitary because ...
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Is there a precursor to the Culture?

The Culture, from the Iain M Banks novels, seems to be a merger between a utopia and a dystopia. Is this a new phenomenon or do other examples exist?
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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Set of stories printed in IASFM, involving a universe where false Utopias are created, and the protagonists attempt to combat such

Ok, I read this as a kid, so, about 1985 or so would be the latest it might have been printed; the copies of IASFM (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), however, were from a Yard Sale, and could ...
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Seeking title and/or author of dystopian science-fiction novel from late-70s/early-80s

In the novel, humans all lived underground and were decanted - not born, were undersized, short-lived, emotionally-empty, and prone to suicide and freak-outs. Above ground there were mechanized ...
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In the original Mad Max movie, is there actually any reference to an apocalypse?

While the Wikipedia article on Mad Max says: The film opens "a few years from now" in Australia, in a dystopian future where law & order has begun to break down at the end of the 'Oil ...
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Trying to remember the name of a female, Canadian, children's sci-fi author from the 80s

I read a number of books when I was around 10-15 years old (roughly 1985-1990) by a female, Canadian, sci-fi author. I can't remember her name (maybe Amy something?) or the titles of any of the books ...