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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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Movie where protagonist time-travels to dystopian future when people become mentally degraded

Please help me identify a movie referred by an acquaintance. (I haven't watched it.) No cast or director info is available. The protagonist is today's average man who participates in a scientific ...
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Looking for a short story (name and author)

I am trying to find the name and author of a short story I read about 30 or 40 years ago. The story is about a couple who tried to escape a tyrannical government. In the end, (the part I remember best)...
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Short story about someone who infiltrates the secret police of a dystopian society in order to approve some mail important to a rebel group

There is a short story I remember reading in High School. If I remember correctly, it was very short (only a couple pages) as I believe we read it during the class period. I believe it was written pre-...
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A dystopian short story where children are raised to be murdered

I read a short story 1-2 years ago and I don't know the title/author. The story was online, possibly at Longform, although it does not appear to be there. I don't recall if the story itself was new or ...
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Looking for Author/Title of dystopian short story on organ trafficking where foreheads are stamped

I'm looking for the Author/Title of a dystopian short story I read in the 1970s, where traffickers claimed dead people's organs by stamping their foreheads. The beginning of the story describes an old ...
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Title of dystopian story set in an amusement park

Earth is overpopulated, and this story has a grim twist of how some of that might be managed. It is about a poor family that spends the day at an amusement park. Instead of paying money to get in ...
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Name of science fiction short story needed. Includes factory, redundant work [duplicate]

I am desperately looking for the name of a story I've read quite a few years back. I can't remember all the details, but maybe provide enough for someone to identify it. In this story there is a very ...
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Looking for story title - younger gen waters down age-slowing drink of older gen, crammed into small apartment

I remember a short story in which multiple generations of people being crammed into a small apartment in a city. The magical drink that either reduced or completely stopped aging was something like a ...
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Dystopian short film with faulty handmade music box

Can anyone remember the name of a short film that starts in a dystopian future where no one works, and people mostly just party all the time. The only job left is enforcing that all manufacturing is ...
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Book or short story about a future where humans go to a supposed virtual world [duplicate]

I remember reading this when I was in middle school so late 1990's. Dystopian society. Jobs have been given to robots. Young adults can no longer get jobs so they have this trial program going on. ...
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What does 0.2 tenths of the population mean?

In Clarence Brown's1 English translation of Yevgeny Zamyatin's (Russian: Евге́ний Замя́тин) dystopian novel We (1921) (Russian: Мы), there is a passage of text, referring to population, which confused ...
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Trying to find the title of a novel about a society where people recognize each other by scent [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title of a sci-fi novel I read back in 2007, maybe later. It was in English and printed in the USA. It was a dystopian future type novel that dealt with an Hispanic type (I ...
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Science Fiction Dystopian story where only the homeless still knew how to read

I can't remember if this was a short story or from a film (or a dream), but I think it is at least 10-15 years old. The homeless (as I recall) tended to live underground and would have stacks of books ...
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Book, it follows a guy in a dystopian future

I think the guy was a private investigator. He has a sex change girlfriend, takes pills to get different boosts of sorts and has pills to give them a softer let down, I remember triangle and star ...
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Dystopian future where a machine erases memories, and removes hair and nails

There's a book I read about a year ago that was absolutely amazing and I've recently been looking with all that I can remember about the book. The books in a dystopian universe where the main ...
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Fifties or Sixties very short story about a food porn movie

Looking for a short story I read in an anthology or SF magazine in the late Fifties or Sixties. It could have been older of course. It was in English. This very short story was about a man who is ...
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Looking for childhood social SF book name, around 80s, near or alternate future in England [duplicate]

The Protagonist is a suave, charismatic young man and his girl, ending up being persecuted by a rigid dystopian future state. Some details I remember: Featuring a possibly sympathetic military ...
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YA Book, Parents go to Another Planet while Few Young Adults stay on Earth, Probably 80s

A group of young adults have been left behind on earth while their parents are on a different planet building a future society. Many other people are also on earth and the feeling is that they have ...
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Dystopian short story - greasy spoons and unhealthy food are illegal

I read this at least 20 years ago, so the details are fuzzy. What I remember is, the main character is in a greasy spoon, which is illegal. Any unhealthy food such as meat or butter is illegal. ...
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Old sci fi short. Teens constantly at war to stabilize the economy

What I remember.. Read in some anthology mid 1970's but I had an impression it was a good decade or so older (slang expressions etc). The story began with a teenage American looking out from his ...
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Dystopian future, AI Space weapons, sentient dolphins, Railroad gauge wars and more. What's the book name?

So I read this book several years ago and now I'm trying to remember the name. I know this is a fairly vague description but I'm hoping it's enough for someone to catch on and help me. I know this ...
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Name of children/teenager sci-fi book

About a boy (teenager) who put together an egg-shaped spaceship. A face-less person welcomed him into this “lost (and found)” world where it rained at night and you could do anything except skydive ...
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Post apocalyptic American biker novel called Hardrider

I'm looking for a hard copy or ecopy of a book I bought in florida sometime in the early 90s. It was about a boy from a nomadic biker gang who survived the massacre of the gang and was taken into ...
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Short story about a future where everyone is equal

I remember reading a short story about someone who travels to the/a future where everyone is equal. It was discovered that equality could only be achieved if everyone looked identical (they found ...
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Canadian anthology: includes cannibals in Newfoundland; time-travelling stock traders; etc

Looking for the title of a book published in the late nineties. It was an anthology of science fiction short stories by Canadian authors, where the stories had Canadian involvement, either via ...
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Title of book - girl bioengineered ​to be different

I've been looking for a book I read probably in the late 80's to very early 90s (pre 1994). My recollection is that the main character was a girl who lived in a dystopian future where kids were ...
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Novel: kid shoots a rocket down the barrel of a tank! [duplicate]

So i read this book in mid to late 2000s. Future dystpoian setting I remember the main characters were at least a boy and a girl. The boy at least, idk if the girl was aswell, was owned by a ...
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Short story where heroes in a show are killed and then restored via medicine to full health for entertainment

A short science fiction story where medical science has enabled almost instant body reconstruction, causing a reality-based form of entertainment where you can vote for your hero or villain to be ...
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Novel about 4 children who are the “beta” group, and have to keep taking pills in order to keep their memories

I'm trying to find a dystopian novel I've read a few years ago. It's about 2 boys and 2 girls who need to take these pills or injections to stay alive or keep their memory, and they're called the ...
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Dystopian novel with heterochromia, bathroom symbols

So basically I read a book a while back like 7 or more years ago and it was so good I want to own it but I can’t recall almost any specific details about the title or author. It’s about this ...
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Dystopian anime series in which a boy finds a capsule, with a girl wearing a bracelet

I remember watching something years back; the anime is set in a dystopian Japan, where a boy accidentally finds an capsule with a girl inside of it, with the girl wearing a bracelet.
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Book about escaping dystopia

I am looking for a book for my mum that she can't remember the name of. Details: The people lived in pod like rooms. Fed by pills Escape by a shoot. They do that by working out the pods. Set in the ...
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Dystopian society that is ruled by a totalitarian government that uses a law that cannot be questioned

I read only a small description of the plot some years ago, but got interested immediately, but can't remember the name. It's about some dystopian society, where the government is super oppressive, ...
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Looking for dystopian short story titled “The Girl”, don't remember name of author

I'm trying to find a short story titled "The Girl" that I remember reading in my high school english class. It was set at a school in an Orwellian future dystopia where the students and teachers all ...
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Title and author of short sf-story on overcrowded society with obligatory consumption quota

The story is about a family living in a flat with extreme low ceiling to cram as many people as possible in a building and due to that the building material is trash. It is not possible to stand ...
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Dystopic Fiction with massive divide between rich and poor, kids are medicated to not rebel

I read a great SF novel about a future city where the divide between rich and poor and education was very stark, even more so than now. Kids in this high school took meals in pill form, were almost a ...
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Short Story about a mother/daughter in an era where there is no more antibiotics

This has been bugging me for a while, the story opens with an aunt? or grandmother locked in a bedroom because she is sick with something we would think is minor and there are no more antibiotics left ...
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Elite caretakers disguised as bathroom attendants

I'm looking for the title of a story about elite caretakers disguised as bathroom attendants, etc. I thought it was by Ray Bradbury. It is not "The Marching Morons" by Kornbluth.
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Book with boy with one different colored eye

I once read a sci fi novel where the protagonist was a boy with one different colored eye, maybe gold colored. It must have been sometime in the 70's. It was written in English. Unfortunately I have ...
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Dystopian future book: false news reports, personal ID device called smokes

The book was written like late 90's to pre-2008. was dystopian future I think it was called "Jazzed" but can't find it by that name. Primary character was a young female. Book could have been ...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie about people who have to play a game to obtain a life-prolonging drug

I am looking for a sci-fi movie I remember from my youth. Given my age, I probably saw this movie in the 90es or early 2000s. I have no idea what the title was, but I remember this from the plot: In ...
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Short story about road rage arms race

I read a short story at least 20 years ago, in which a man gets news that his son was killed on the highway while driving a starter car and responds by getting into his own tricked out car to duel the ...
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Trying to identify a novel I read as a child about a dystopia with social classes and high-security prisons

When I was about 10 (I'm now 38, so this was the in the mid to late '80s), I read a novel about which I have such faint memories that I'm not even sure I'm not mixing up different storylines together. ...
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Dystopia from the 70s: floating cities, decadent society, longevity, flying suits?

I'm looking for the name of a novel from the 70s or early 80s(?) that involved a protagonist who was the only young person in a society of decadent immortals. They lived in a floating city (or series ...
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SF story about women being eliminated from Earth by men

I'm pretty sure this sci-fi short story was in an anthology of SF by women A female scientist is in South America(?) conducting research, when she finds out that women are slowly "disappearing" in ...
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Book: modern post apocalyptic magical dystopia with Unicorns and Gryphons

The protagonist is a male high school kid that gets caught up in an apocalypse where magic becomes real and technology no longer works. People discover magical abilities; creatures of myth and legend ...
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First story to describe cannibalism in a futuristic society?

What is the first sci-fi story (if any) to describe how cannibalism would look in a futuristic society?
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Trying to find a sci fi story about a dystopian future and partners

This story was about teens/kids in a school, they would hook up to some VR or some other device, and it would show them their future. In the book, one of the cool girls saw the future and she was ...
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Looking for a specific dystopian sci-fi book in which the protagonists remove their mind-control chips

I don't remember a huge amount about this book and haven't been able to find it even after resorting to just reading long lists of sci-fi books. The government uses a sort of "soft" mind-control via ...
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Story about a utopian city that periodically destroys itself

I'm looking for a short story or novella about an idyllic, utopian society with a hidden dark side: periodically (every week or month) its inhabitants would descend into madness, violently destroying ...