Questions tagged [dystopia]

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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Podcast story about woman wanting to destroy machine distributing emotionally destructive ads

I remember listening to a story, probably on Escape Pod but possibly Lightspeed, about a near future in which ubiquitous machine-generated gendered advertisements, crueler than anything that could be ...
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Short dystopian novel about boy who lives on streets [duplicate]

I may not remember enough for this question to be answered. I read this book 2 years ago; I grabbed it from a classroom library because I needed a book to read. It was definitely on the older end - ...
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Dystopia where people are regularly forced to move, protagonist must move daily

I'm trying to remember a title of a paperback book I read over 30 years ago. It was set in a dystopian future where the whole of the Earth's society was constantly being moved around the Earth. The ...
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Dystopian trilogy: dying Earth, wealthy people living in orbital stations, main character goes on the ground and is trapped there because of a war

I would like to reread a fantastic novel (actually a trilogy). The Earth is dying consumed by war and eco problems. Some people live wealthy in orbital stations. That's where the main character ...
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Cartoon from 90s-2000s about alien who is stranded on Earth and has a son with a woman

There was this 90s-2000s cartoon (like the old-style cartoons X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman etc) about an alien being stranded on Earth and fathering a child with a woman. Then something happened to the ...
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What is this movie called?! - Dystopian Arthouse film

I found a movie a while ago that I just can not remember the name of. It was centered around a man in a dystopian destroyed city who was making a robot in his basement. He makes the robot look like ...
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Perpetual war sci-fi story from the 70s

So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's ...
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Dystopian short story about a home computer, likely written 1970s (1970-79)

Looking for futuristic short story about a man who brings a new device home called a "computer" which soon takes an increasingly central role in its owner's life to the point of literally reaching out ...
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Novel set in a dystopian future where everyone was color-blind by mandated ingestion of medicine [duplicate]

From what I remember, in the spring of 2007, I was reading a novel in class (5th grade) about a future where everyone was color-blind by mandated ingestion of medicine. And that no one was allowed to ...
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Dystopian books where society is split into 3 classes: lower, middle and untouchables, teenagers are trained to be killers

I’m trying to identify a book by a rather vague plot line that I’ve been given... Society is split into three classes. The lower, middle and untouchables. Teenagers are trained to be SAS type killers.
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Book about dystopian future, assassins, crime

In this book a boy aged 14, very intelligent, gets recruited into a secret assassination group. He is very poor and is promised a new life but he must never go back to his old one. He then has to ...
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Short story where a man is actually sane while everyone else is mad

I'm looking for a short story I read as a teen. In the near future, people have machines at home that evaluate their mental health. If it goes bad, they are known to be arrested and taken somewhere ...
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Book about someone trecking across Russia to get to America during a dystopian ice age

Looking for a book my mother read years ago. All she remembers is that someone was trying to cross an ice bridge from Russia (home) to America during a dystopian ice age, but first they had to cross ...
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A short novel about a couple traveling to a utopian/dystopian community somewhere in Asia

I remember the protagonist is a man who travels a long distance with his sick wife from Europe by train to live in a utopian community where there's no money and people are doing whatever they like. ...
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YA Fantasy romance novel about a girl whose brothers go off to war once they reach a certain age

I'm not even sure if this book even exists or I have dreamed it. It's about a girl, I remember she had an older brother that went somewhere (war I think) once he reached a certain age. The oldest one ...
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Sci-Fi dystopian book, man wakes up in a pod, people with particular skill appear at his door when needed

I read this book in 2004 or 2005, it was an assigned reading but ignited my love for dystopian societies. I believe it started out with someone who wakes up in a pod, I think he was eventually sent ...
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Story with dome-cities and the last horse being lost in transport accident

I read some of a story in high school in Quebec, probably a bit more than 10 years ago (before 2008). I think I might have read it as part of a reading test at school. It was probably in French (might ...
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80s dystopian book concerning humans on another planet riding carnival rides

A coworker was telling me about a Sci-Fi book he read in the 80s but couldn't remember the title. He vaguely remembers there being humans on another planet who would randomly choose 5 leaders. He ...
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Dystopian novel about people die but houses still function and food cooks itself

I am trying to remember the name of a book (it's also possibly a short story) that I read in high school. In this writing all the people have died due to a nuclear blast (I think) but the Earth itself ...
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Older science fiction book about time travel to retrieve things but they went sideways through the dimensions instead

So, as I vaguely remember it. It was set in the distant future were a dictator rules the Earth. By this point carbon dioxide was so high most life outside of humans was extinct. So the dictator built ...
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Dystopian movie about the slums vs rich neighbourhoods (similair to Elysium)

I have vague memories about this movie being filled with action, big guns and a lot of jumping on rooftops in the slums of a post-apocalyptic/post government-crash movie. The only thing separating the ...
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Short Story like “Resurrection Days”

Looking for a pulp short-story with the following plot elements: man dies; wakes in dystopia governed by women; makes bacon using a mental-machine. The theme is similar to Wilson Tucker's '80's novel,...
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Dystopian movie with thousands of vagrants in a barren flat outdoor

I remember myself watching in the mid-80s, on TV, a kind of dystopian movie in black and white. I know that there was sound but don't remember any dialogue. Here are extracts of the only two scenes ...
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Man wakes up amnesiac, potentially started a war

I'm trying to find a book I read mid 70s or so about a man who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no memory. He eventually finds out that he was one of the people who started a war (possibly ...
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Short story about a man finding out his (ex?)wife is a rebel leader of a robotic society

I've been trying to google this for years. I'm pretty sure I read it in a short story collection, but don't remember the collection or the author or even the name of the story or any of the characters ...
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Name of a short story where 10-year-olds battle each other gladiator style (not Battle Royale)?

I read this story in Russian in 1990s. It was a translated story. The name of the author escapes me, but I have a vague feeling it was some Anglophone or Hispanic name. The story is essentially about ...
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YA book series, main character named Thad, kept in a school where students were experimented on

He was kept in a "boarding school" but really it was a place where they experimented on students. Thad had powers where he would get angry and lights would explode. He could communicate telepathically ...
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Short film in stop-motion with cabbages living in a dystopian city

It was a short movie that I saw in a movie theater before the main movie (can't remember the movie). I saw it in Belgium, but there was no intelligible dialogue in it. I think I saw this between 2000 ...
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Short scifi novel based on albums of musician

I read a book a few years back and am trying to find it again. This is a book that is sci-fi/fantasy with some hints of steampunk elements. The society is a dystopian/utopia book and centers around ...
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Short story: Guy hired by woman to take her across post-apocalyptic Russia on a motorbike

The story centres around a guy in a Russia either dystopian or post global collapse of some kind like a depression. He's riding some kind of electric motorbike or an ojek (a motorcycle taxi). The ...
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Paperback series about teenagers in a dystopic USA - Plot of main book involved sodium cooled motorbikes

I think I read this around 2000. It was a paperback book, which I'm pretty certain was labeled with "Book 1" of a series, although I only read part of this first one. It was set in a somewhat dystopic ...
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1970s sci-fi book. Main character has a mind-control implant called a Bofron(?) and can transport self to other planets

Book I am looking for may be YA sci-fi book but I can’t recall. I think the protagonist in the story was named Ben..not 100% though. He was part of a society that used some kind of mind control and he ...
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Looking for dystopian short story where a woman discovers she can't leave a mall

So, I read a short story decades ago about a dystopian future with rampant consumerism. The protagonist was a woman whose husband had received a promotion, allowing her access to an exclusive mega-...
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Short story about a machine that provides people with what they want

There is an old sci fi short story (I think) about a civilization that creates a huge machine to provide all that people want, on demand. They think "apple", and one materializes in their hand. Much ...
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Lone wolf or beserker behaviour of young men in an a very authoritarian society

This short story (probably pre 1980) shows the puzzled authorities seeking to explain the behaviour consulting a series of so called experts such as military, engineering, psychologists, etc, ...
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Looking for the title of a book: teen dystopian fiction, nanobots used to heal injuries, build tents, etc

I believe that it may have been a part of a series. A young boy's father is killed by his science partner who wants to use the technology they built together for evil purposes. The boy's mother is ...
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Novel about kids seeing spirits with a main character who is an orphan

So I've been looking for this for years. It's a book that starts with a 'C' and may or may not have been something along the lines of 'Cosmos' but whenever I search for it under that name, nothing ...
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Novel with nanotech, a utopia isolated from grey goo, and an AI in the protagonist's head

The only reason I even remembered the plot was due to the nanite use. I don't think the plot is very original and is similar to at least a dozen other books written in the last 10 years, but I figured ...
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Book about future where they use honey instead of money? [duplicate]

I remember reading this about 3 years ago. The main character is a teenage girl who has to learn how to survive in this new world. I think she’s trying to find her brother with the help of some people ...
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Dystopian police story set in a future Kansas

Dystopian short story. Maybe written in the late 80s or early 90s. The United States have broken up. I want to say corporations run/own at least some of the states. This story is set in the Kansas ...
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Short story about government-mandated equality [duplicate]

I am trying to recall a short story I read perhaps 10 years ago. It was a story about a dystopian future where people were not allowed to have any advantage and were artificially handicapped. What I ...
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Dystopian novel about vampires or zombies (can't remember which). Kids are raised away from their families

I read a book several years ago (2003-ish) which was about a group of survivors that were living after a vampire or zombie apocalypse (I can't remember which). The children were kept secluded from ...
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Title/author of novel(s?) about society where children learn alien languages?

I read this probably in the 1980s. It was a novel, written in English, and I believe there may have been a sequel. I don't think this author wrote much else--I am almost positive it was not one of ...
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Identify weird Sci Fi movie from 70s/80s

Things I remember (vaguely, maybe incorrectly) about this movie: the setting is overcrowded and we never see "outside", so it may be in space or just a dystopian future it's weird, like Brazil-level ...
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Trying to find a YA dystopia published between 2012-2015 with a main female lead and aliens

I've been trying to remember the name of this book, as it was the first a series. I wanted to wait until a few more books came out, but I forgot the name and my Kindle Unlimited history has been ...
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Fantasy young adult novel with a girl who lived in a city surrounded by walls

The girl lived in a magic city where the wall protecting them was filled with magic. Only kids had magic, it was drained from adults, and this girl goes to gets drained, but they inject magic into her ...
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Dystopian China/Korea. Gun built from sheets of paper. Torture sex offender

This is a movie I watched probably seven or eight years ago, and it looked pretty new back then. Early 2000's I'd say. Here's what I remember: It was in Chinese or Korean Also set in either a near-...
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YA book set in a dystopian future where it only rains at night

I was in school in Germany in the 80s, so this book must have been in the early 80s or in the 70s at least. I only remember fragments, like people live in utopian suburbs with white picket fences and ...
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Searching for title of story where children are wild and live outside the city

I read a short story many years ago that I would like to find for my kids. Have googled like mad to no avail. Here is what I remember: Set in a dystopian future, A couple puts on some special skin ...
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Old sci fi story about a mom who sacrifices herself so a child won't die alone in a toxic rainstorm

It was part of an anthology that was required reading in Canada, maybe 30 yrs ago. A woman and her daughter live on a toxic planet. Story may have been told from daughter's POV. The mother is cold, ...