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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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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 maybe frozen and reawakened. The thing I remember the most is one of the guys picked a round fruit to use as the propulsion ...
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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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Series of novels from the '90s, set in a dystopian future, where a young rebel engages in acts of terrorism to fight the system

I'm trying to find a series of novels from the '90s that I read as a teenager back then. Here's what I remember (sorry, it's more than a bit vague, but it was a long time ago and my memory fails me): ...
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Dystopian novel where the protagonist is a girl with powers who has to stop the president from destroying the world [duplicate]

This book was long. Very long. I read it on my Kindle and I have forgotten about it. The plot is a bit murky in my head but I will give you the details that I remember The story is told from the ...
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Future Britain, no kids born, NOT Children of Men

A book I read in the UK approx 2010 but I think it was older. Can't recall anything of the cover. It's set in a future Britain where no (or very, very few) kids have born for at least a couple of ...
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Dystopian novel where you're given a number corresponding to your career

I read this probably in middle school, around 2012, but I'm sure the year isn't reliable enough to go off of and it is probably older. I can't recall if it was in-person or if this was a random book I ...
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Live-Action Dystopian Cyberpunk(?) Sci-fi movie/show

There's really only one scene I remember clearly, but I have no idea where or when I watched it. It might have been several years ago. Many people seem to have bionic parts of some kind. One woman is ...
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scifi dystopian movie possibly horror elements as well from the 70s-80s the twist is that main villian and the protagonist are brothers [closed]

I have been looking for this movie for 20 years. I remember it being on TCM once but I did not watch it. It is possibly a dystopian movie in which has some sci-fi and possibly horror aspects in which ...
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Dystopian Sci-fi Biodomes Movie

I'm trying to track down what I think was a movie I watched on British TV as a kid in the mid-early 90s. The key scene I remember is a young girl (maybe 6-10) and an older man (grandad age). They live ...
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Book where the main character lives in a sci-fi dystopia and is "sorted" and gets powers

The main character is male, everyone gets sorted/goes through some scanner thing and it's usually fine. For some reason his mom gets sorted red and I can't remember if she dies because of that? It ...
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story about a perfect average citizen [duplicate]

Year ago I read a dystopian story about a guy who was found to be an exact average of several parameters. A doctor scribbled a note "average" (or similar) on this character's health records, ...
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Foreign film about a dystopian future where people age 30 or over can get "regenerations"

It was a foreign film about a dystopian future where at age 30 people can start getting "regenerations". You can literally go into a place like a dairy and get regenerated; it's that easy. ...
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Sci-fi dystopian novel where not being addicted to any substance is illegal

I'm looking to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a teenager I scarcely remember now: Dystopian setting. Not being addicted to any substance is illegal. Smart people choose to get away with being ...
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Dystopian kids’ novel in a society where growing your own food is illegal

I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his ...
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Dystopian future, illegal parents are punished by rapid aging

Please help me identify a book/story I read some years ago. Dystopian SF future. World is extremely overpopulated and food scarce. People have gradually moved into megacities each consisting of just a ...
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Dystopian book series I can’t quite remember

I’ll give you what I can remember from this book series. I remember the aftermath of what ever world changing event left the atmosphere deadly to anything metallic. So the main character, i want to ...
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Hunger Games-style book about a world with different alien species fighting

Around 10 years ago, I read a new book about an entire world, with different alien species all fighting. I remember the enemies being spider-like. The protagonist learns that they are being watched ...
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What is the earliest work of fiction with a dystopian future?

Taking the following definition of dystopia: an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives It would seem there’s a certain aspect to it that is very much ...
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Book series about a group of humans who colonise another planet after the Earth is destroyed by the Sun going nova

Trying to find a series - two books from memory - in which the Earth was destroyed by the Sun going nova. A smallish group fled to a science base to make it a colony. The world was not really suitable ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian novel about a community where misbehavers’ brains are removed

It was a novel classified as young adult. I don't remember the character names. First off, it was a full-length novel (around 300-400 pages, but I might be off by a lot). The cover is a sunflower-...
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Show/miniseries which aired on HBO in the early '90s, featuring "Water Police"

This is something I've been totally unable to find any information about through search engines. In the early/mid '90s, I remember seeing what I think was a show or miniseries about a dystopian future ...
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A broadcast enforces pacifism/vegetarianism

An American 40s to 60s novella read in the 80s. Set near Detroit or Chicago at about the same time. After a nuclear war, broadcast towers have been installed to stop aggression, and nearly all the ...
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