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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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Corporate Dystopia book from the early 2000s

I read a book in the early 2000s (which is when I think it was published). It was set in a near future dystopia where corporations had taken over all public services. Poverty was outlawed and being ...
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The human population on Earth reached its maximum with the end of the last zoo

I read this short story at least 30 years ago. I suppose it was in a collection, since I rarely read magazines. I don't remember if I read it in English or in French, but it might have been a ...
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Dystopian romance book in which the world is split in two, with the rich side being called the Class

I'm looking for a dystopian romance book I read a couple of years ago. The world is split in two; the rich are called the Class and I can't remember the name of the poor side. There is like a chain ...
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Story Identification : student gets perfect score, fake helicopter plans, Bob Dylan song

I'm trying to identify a Dystopian book which I read in the 80's or 90's. I only have 3 vague memories, but it still haunts me to this day. If anyone can identify the book, I would be over the moon! ...
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Book about a man who is at the age where a lottery is taken of the elderly and he's chosen to be "put down", leaving a sad grandson

A man and his grandson are very close. When someone turns a certain age (70 or 80) they are put in a lottery of sorts and whoever is picked must be put to death, supposedly to control population. It ...
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Book about a planet where women live in "Wells" until they become pregnant, then become the property of the man who impregnated them

Planet of low fertility, women live in "Wells" until they become pregnant, then become the property of the man who impregnated them. Woman who "runs" the Well in the story, comes ...
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Dystopian short story with a noise generator hidden in the mountains

I read a short story in middle school (~1981) about a supposed utopia where everyone remained completely happy and content as long as they took a daily dose of a special medicine. I can't remember why,...
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A novel about people living hanging on the walls of huge building, with "angels" (?) floating around [duplicate]

I read this novel about 30 years ago, in a rather slim paperback, in French, almost certainly a translation from English. A rather short novel, but too long for a novella. I don't remember the cover. ...
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Dystopian book series about teenage girl who didn't die on her "death date"

I read a series of books around 2020 (the latest one was released whilst I was reading). It was about a teen girl who lived in a world where you found out the day you died, your 'death date'. There ...
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YA dystopian book involving a female about to be sterilized who eventually escapes into frames of art or an alternate world portal with other kids

I read a book published before 2004 in middle school. I'm 36, 7th grade I believe, a school set in Des Plaines, IL. Teacher gives us a book to read with assignments. Because of the assignments, is how ...
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Where a father, who is being brainwashed by terrorists, is searching for his missing daughter who is working at growing replacement body parts

Looking for the title of a sci-fi novel I read, where a father is looking for his presumed missing daughter, he later has a realisation about the real circumstances in her leaving. In the plot a ...
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A (probably) very old mostly political dystopia with some SF elements

I read this story in French, less than 10 years ago. I think it was a translation, but not necessarily from English. It was in a rather slim white paperback, no image on the cover, just the title and ...
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A novel about people most of whom are more or less color blind

I'm not sure when I read this novel, and I remember very little of it. But it was least 10 years ago, probably more. I don't remember any event of the story. All I remember is that most people lacked ...
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Old comic in which a guy is captured/enslaved by (aliens?) and turned into a cyborg hunter killer or something

I am trying to find an old comic about a killer cyborg. I think the comic is either from 1970s-1980s (could be VERY early 90s). I got the comic in a "mystery" bag with a bunch of DC/Marvel/...
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Futuristic/dystopian novel for teens where people live in bubble-shaped/spherical houses

Years ago I read a dystopian/futuristic novel but I cannot find it anywhere and I don't remember much about it. Main character: a boy, maybe a teenager; Setting: dystopian world (maybe France, but I'...
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Child in a dystopian city who had to forage for food

In this story, a man appears to a child who lives in a dystopian city, which I think is contained in a dome. He appears to the child once the pollution or radiation in the outside has dissipated ...
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Movie from the 80’s or 90’s where it is illegal to smoke cigarettes

I have very limited memory of this movie I’m trying to remember but the scene I recall is a man in an alley smoking a cigarette and there are helicopters and police searching for him and he’s running ...
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Book set in a New Zealand or Australian future society where the rich and poor live separately. Includes a character named Billy, short for Billy Goat

Read this book in the 90s. Future society where the rich and poor live separately. Poor live in hundred-storey towers with no working lifts. Community leaders organise able-bodied people to carry ...
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Sci-fi short story about a teacher who was being studied to learn how to get robots to replace teachers in classrooms

Looking to identify a sci-fi short story I read in high school. The story was about a teacher, the last in the country (I think), who was being studied by an AI/government group to learn how to get ...
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Video Game competition brainwashes kids into soldiers

I remember reading this book when I was young but I can't seem to find it anywhere. The plot follows a boy who embodies ADHD characteristics. His school curriculum is programmed by a computer. For ...
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SF movie live action - dystopian world, couple gets rescued by a spaceship with a huge eye run by an android butler

Probably from the 80s or early 90s. Dystopian world where if you weren't upper class you were basically a slave for work; men and women kept separate. One couple who met secretly are about to be ...
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TV show or movie that uses fruit to shoot weapon

A TV show or movie maybe 1970s or 80s. A group of people, one from the past may be frozen and reawakened. The guy could have been away from Earth for a long time before returning, like an astronaut. ...
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Short story. Madonna is the US president. Has gay and dystopian themes [closed]

Supposedly read around the turn of the century in Fantasy & Science Fiction. (Not all recollections reliable, this is second-hand for an aging friend.) Thanks in advance.
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80s 90s movie involving a futuristic society with no crime

I'm looking for a movie. From what I remember, all cars are white and unlocked, as in nobody commits any crime. If you commit a crime, the public chases you with baseball bats. There's something about ...
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French SF novel where a weapon destroys most of humanity

I read this novel in French at least 20 years ago but it was much, much older. Not very far after the beginning, a couple of scientist investigate some remarkable thing that takes place within living ...
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Story where everyone had to get a daily injection of mind control drug [duplicate]

At first I thought the story I was trying to remember was 1984, or Brave New World. But I have been going through them both and they are not it. I hope this is a real story and not my memory playing ...
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Book where it's a new future ice age and they worship Apple

It was like a Sci fi book where there was a new ice age, everything was iced over but the humans found old Apple products and thought the old humans worshipped God Apple, the main character was a girl,...
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Book about a boy living in a futuristic building underground because of toxic air at the surface

I've been searching for this book for years but still no clues today. I think I read it in high school so it must be between 2012-2014. I don't remember if it was an old or modern book, but here is ...
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YA/Children’s 2000s sci fi novel featuring a female spy/assassin in a world with flying cars and aerial highways

I’m looking for a book I read about 12 years ago, I’m guessing it was written in the early 2000s but not positive. I don’t remember much but it took place on a futuristic planet that had some sort of ...
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Science fiction story about a dystopian future society in which people have devolved into hedonistic, brain dead slugs

I can remember reading this story when I was younger, possibly in an anthology, but can't remember the title or author. It featured a dystopian society set in the future that was falling apart as its ...
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Trying to remember book title: dystopian world where people have to have sex every day to survive

This book is set in a city where frequent sex (without pleasure) is the only way to survive. Then, somebody falls in love. May be first book of a trilogy. Would have been written before 2001. I should ...
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Short story about a prisoner with implanted pain inducer who tries to escape anyway

I read this short story in my English schoolbook, ca. 1995. It's possible it was written specifically for the schoolbook but it had some "mature" feel to it which makes me think it might ...
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Which early 90s kids sci-fi TV show, maybe called 'X,' had an alien family fleeing to Earth?

I remember the basic premise of this alien family having to flee their dystopian society due to some crime the father committed and hiding on Earth pretending to be humans. Presumably wacky blending ...
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Book about a girl with violet eyes who discovers she's living in a simulation of the 1980s

I remember a book I read in school about a girl with violet eyes who is growing up in the 80s. She is incredibly smart and always compared to a violet eyed boy who is a grade above her, but she couldn'...
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Short story about ruining civil society

Please help me identify an old short story. Civil society is dystopic and getting worse. Narrator describes recent crime, violence, and mayhem. Bad news, right? Nope. Two apparent beat cops, the ...
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Book about a floating city with advanced technology

I'm looking for a book of which I do not remember the author or title. The details is that it features multiple characters perspectives, all centered around an advanced city floating in the ocean. One ...
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I am looking for a dystopian science fiction novel I read about some type of quantum calamity that decimated America

I think I read this story some time in the 90s or early 2000s. There was some type of disaster in America. The country was decimated. Almost no one was left alive. I don't recall if everyone died or ...
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Dystopian books series in which the protagonists are a girl and boy escaping a controlled society

The books themselves weren't incredibly long. There were three books in the series when I read them. I had read them in early 2000's/2010's - I remember they had something to do with the "shadows&...
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Dystopian novel in which the main character had a nightclub in Bermondsey and there was a Thatcher-like figure in government called Nanny

I read this book in the '90s, so I think it was written in the late '80s or '90s. It was set in a future London and the main character had a nightclub in Bermondsey. There was a Thatcher-like figure ...
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Book set in a near-future climate dystopia in which adults have been banished to deserts

My sister saw a book available on Amazon recently, didn't buy it, and now has changed her mind and can't find it again. Hopefully someone here can help us. It's a science fiction story set in a near ...
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In a b/w '50s comic, a man with robot assistants tries to find a kidnapped girl in a totalitarian dystopia run by robots

In this black & white comic from the early '50s, there is a dystopia run by robots, a kidnapped damsel, and the hero is scouting around with loyal robots to help him destroy the totalitarian world....
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YA novel about a girl in dystopian society who gets surgically altered to be a double for a dead girl

The series is set in a dystopian society where everyone takes a test at 17-ish to determine their “number” which determines their place in society. I think 7 or 8 is the highest but only the founding ...
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Young adult novel about a girl who has false memories of a human childhood, but was stolen from the woods to be experimented on

I read this book when I was quite young, maybe 12 years old (2013). I remember it was about a girl who grew up in a futuristic society. This society’s government guards people from the woods/forest ...
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Novel most people turn to zombies after eating tainted modified food

I read a book where a woman wakes up on the side of the highway remembering she’d been captured by zombies(?) who took strips of flesh off her back. Someone saved her then left her on the road. She ...
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What is the short story about a computer program that employers use to micromanage every aspect of a worker's life? [duplicate]

I once read a short story about someone inventing a computer program which starts off just scheduling workers, but ends up controlling every aspect of a worker's life. Eventually, every worker is ...
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Early 2020 dystopic YA survival film or series with a reality show premise

I remember seeing a trailer on IMDB in early 2020 for a film or series which I haven't heard from since. Premise (my assumption): Teens are outdoors for a reality TV survival show when disaster ...
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Book about a young girl saved from a boat, on trial about what she knows, and ends with realization that she’s a robot

I vaguely remember the protagonist is saved from a boat, which lands on an island. She’s not allowed to leave and ends up in a tribunal or some other sort of trial regarding whether or not she should ...
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Dystopian young adult novel about an orphan forced to live with a medical organization

My friend is looking for a novel they read in 2018; they remember it having a one-word title. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future with a world fallout, tribes, maps, and futuristic elements. ...
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Young adult story set in a dystopian future where an AI gives up children for better hardware

I read this story when I was in 7th/8th grade in ~1999. It was on a list of recommended "books" to read for a reading contest at my school. I don't remember if it was part of a compilation ...
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Young adult book series about a teen who goes into a Texas prison while fighting aliens

I read this about six years ago. It is a trilogy, I believe. The story starts off with a girl who is surviving on her own, trying to find her family. Later in the book, she joins a colony where she ...
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