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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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 ...
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Looking for a book from the 70s probably about space war and robots

Looking for a book from my childhood. It would be from the 70s, probably '77 or later, and my recollection is it was a dystopian book about a war between humans and androids or cyborgs. It was an ...
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Dystopian near future where paper is banned because it can't be monitored remotely (digitally?)

It was a short story set in not so distant and a bit dystopian future. Main protagonist (male, I think) lived in a world where paper was not used due to rarity/ecological issues/government ban (and ...
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What is this science fiction book on earth about a valley community?

I remember a book dealing with a valley community that had psychokinetic hive mind powers caused by some fungus in a cold storage cave. I remember the town being a bit isolated and that they bought ...
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Dystopian YA book featuring female protagonist who reviews/endorses children's toys

I only read the first few chapters of this book and I really want to continue it. It happens in a future dystopian world where most people are poor. The main character is a teenage girl who lives ...
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Dystopian book series: girl goes out of the barrier her society lives in because of radiation

I read a book series a few years back about a dystopian type of society that was surrounded by some kind of barrier. The girl (the main character) is looking outside the barrier at night and sees a ...
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Book trilogy about twins in a walled city where people are sorted by intelligence [duplicate]

I remember reading this great trilogy series about 10-15 years ago. It's about a family living in a dystopian walled city where people are sorted and classed by their intelligence. The protagonists ...
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Young Adult Sci Fi Book - Girl goes to “academy”

I read a dystopian young adult book series a few years ago that I want to identify. The setting is in a war / natural disaster-torn Earth (the people there are taught that the earth caused the natural ...
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Tracking down a very obscure novel about dystopian USA

The novel is set in 1984 or 1986, something like that, and it was written in the 1970s I think, maybe a touch earlier. I read it in 1981 or so. The book seems geared to what would now be YA, though ...
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Help Identifying Sci fi short about game show with button to kill stranger

I read this short story about 15 years ago, in some anthology, and the plot was: Man lives in slums, gets selected for participation in game show, has no choice but to go on. (I think) they ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction…bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

While traveling through Minnesota in the late-1990's I heard an old radio show rebroadcast of a sci-fi dramatization. It tells the story of bureaucracy gone horribly wrong, with the main proponent ...
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Which film had “See something, say something” billboard with Muslim woman's face?

Around the early 2000s, early in the G.W. Bush administration I believe, I saw a US theatrical release of a feature-length dystopian film set in a slightly near-future UK. I think there were ...
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Did Jack London influence “We”?

Summary: Did Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel, published in 1908, influence Zamyatin's We? Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel, We, completed in 1921 and published in English in 1924, is one of the ...
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Dystopia where all adults get suicide pill at age 21, father gives his to son

I read this short story 30-40 years ago, and would like to find the author/story title. It was a dystopian story about a future society where life is so dismal and hard that every adult is given a ...
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What is the name of this sci-fi novel with a male soldier and a lesbian lizard sidekick?

I read this book in the early 2000's, but I can't for the life of me remember the title or author and it's driving me crazy! The story is in the future. Earth and most of the galaxy has been ...
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Dystopian novel from the late 80s: Michael and a girl living underground, escape to the surface

I read this book many many times as ~ten to twelve year old in the late eighties. My copy was donated to some charity at the age of thirteen by my very helpful sister (including my cherished copy of ...
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Short story where almost all men are infertile, female main character

A few days ago I was discussing SF/Fantasy with unusual subject matter with a friend and he mentioned this short story. I realized I had read it as well a long time ago, but neither of us can remember ...
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60s Sci-Fi dystopian college story where students who fail are beheaded

I am trying to identify a novel written in the mid-late 60s. In the near future, students attend an elite, high rise university. They are given unprecedented freedom to skip class and form sexual ...
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Long shot: 90's ish dystopian sci-fi with female lead

I have a very vague memory of a book which nonetheless managed to stick in my brain. I would have read it somewhere in the vicinity of junior high in the early/mid 90's, and it was probably relatively ...
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60s-70s Dystopian UK novel featured in the old Science Fiction Book Club

Looking for title/author of a 60's-70's novel of near future dystopian UK. It featured a family beset by "yobs" - that was the term actually used in the book. Yob culture was ascendant. There was a ...
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Young Adult Science Fiction Story Identification: Arm Regeneration in a Nuclear Dystopia

I read this young adult novel in 2002, but I remember that the book from the library had some wear and tear, so it could have been published in the 1990s. It's been some time, but I will try to give ...
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Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian novel - Technology is forbidden, boy discovers something and village is going to kill him so he runs

I'm thinking this was written somewhere in the mid to late 90s or up to 2010 at the latest; I cannot quite remember when I read it with any certainty. It's a post-apocalyptic dystopian future novel, ...
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Looking for the name of a Sci Fi book about a dystopian future earth with no medical services [duplicate]

So this is killing me... I read the book some years ago. My premise was that I do not read enough different authors, so I started picking books at random going down the alphabet. This book was ...
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Short story in which enslaved humans use a rhyme to find a spaceship and escape

It's a short story in an anthology but I haven't been able to find it by looking through various Best SF of 19XX (it was probably from the 60s-80s, though I read it in the early 2000s) story lists. I ...
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“Smart home” dystopian movie, AI locks in the inhabitant to protect him, probably from the 70ies

I am looking for a movie title, the topic might best be called "smart home dystopia". In the movie, there is an AI which controls the home/house/apartment, which also has the specific task to protect ...
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Looking for a dystopian book with handicapped people [duplicate]

I read a short Dystopian story in middle school, with a society where everyone is equal. People are given mental and physical handicaps to make sure everyone is equal. A kid named Harrison (I think) ...
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Trying to recall the name of a young adult dystopian fantasy novel from late 90s / early 00s

I am trying to remember the name of a book I read in middle school, around 2001/2002. I don't remember too many details but it is fantasy. It is about a young girl who lives with her stepmother in a ...
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Story where Earth is dying and restrictions on killing plants were in place

This was a book that I read in 1985-1986. I vaguely recall that there was a hand wearing a ring on the cover and that it seemed to be a newer book from the library. The story took place in the future ...
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Science Fiction novel set in Britain, with a group called Ests or Ents [duplicate]

This has been driving me crazy for months! I hope someone remembers this. It was probably but not definitely a YA book, though probably not called that at the time. It was Science Fiction. It was AT ...
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Looking for the name of this book. China rules the world when aliens make contact, they want to speak to the US president.

What I can remember about this book I read in the late 80's China rules the world when Aliens make contact and demand to speak with the US president or they will destroy earth. The Chinese get a farm ...
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Book series about a future where gene-modified sentient animals were used as soldiers and are trying to find a place in post-war human society

I am looking for a series of books (I owned 3 of them) by the same author, if this rings a bell for anyone, here's pieces of story that I remember: First book sets the setting in some dystopian ...
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A society obsessed with olympic games

I can't seem to google this one: A novel no more recent than a few years ago. On an Island, a dystopian society obsessed with the Olympic games. The first chapters are strange but not too bad; then ...
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Old Post Apocalypse Alien Book

I remember reading a book when I was in high school about a guy rebelling against alien rule. As I recall, the humans had little technology of their own, but stole heat weapons of some sort from the ...
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Sci Fi Dystopia: people classified by color coded bloodlines

I'm remembering a book I read (possibly as long as 15 years ago but I have no real idea of when it was) about a dystopian society, possibly set in the future (sound familiar?). The book, if I recall ...
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Dystopia where match-making computer gives user no choice

I need help remembering the name of a story that had a computer that functioned as a vending machine for relationships, but where the user had little to no control over who came out. It's killing me ...
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Story about people bonded to “Grateful Dead” type bears

Read this book quite a while ago. Details are a bit sketchy, any help would be appreciated. Two people, one male, one female. I think that they meet up in the beginning of the story. The male is "...
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Scifi book dystopian female seer [duplicate]

Not sure if it's set in the future but: Women live in a large city. Men live outside but can visit during the day. Marriages are temporary and controlled by the wives. One character is a young ...
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YA novel about dystopian future with non-human overlords and teenage heroes [duplicate]

I read a YA novel in the early 2000s that I think takes place on Earth some time in the future. The human race has been enslaved by some other race, possibly aliens. If I remember correctly, humans ...
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Book about a frozen dystopian world

In 2009 I read a book for school, which I'd like to re-read but I cannot remember the title. It was about a boy and a girl in some dystopian world (I think it was told from both of their perspectives ...
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Skeptic’s dystopian future in which everybody but him believes in the supernatural

In the late 1990's or early 2000's, I read a short story online about a skeptic who lived in a near future in which every sort of supernatural thing was believed by everyone but himself, (quack ...
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Dystopian 1990's book about group of kids split up after graduating from school

I am looking for a book that I read in middle school (late 1990's). I am not sure if that was when it was written however. What I remember is the book starts out with a group of kids graduating ...
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Seeking SF Short Story from late 1970s/early 1980s about dystopian future with an old man playing a piano

I read this in the late 1970s or early 1980s, possibly as part of a juvenile fiction anthology/collection. From what I remember in this story a post-apocalyptic society requires each member to go out ...
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What TV movie has a man seeing glimpses of dystopia in his utopian world?

This movie came out around 2000 and was created for one of the cable networks (and never in the theaters). I think it was on the original Sci-Fi Channel or maybe the USA Network, but really not sure. ...
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Searching for Giver--like novel [duplicate]

I vaguely remember reading a novel with a similar setting to "The Giver", but the nothingness was delivered via injection rather than a daily pill. About all I can recall is that the hero is given ...
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Story identification: SF about clouded skies, and people growing mushrooms

This novel begins with a world that has recently become very cloudy - there is constant greyish twilight at the ground level. Some kinds of plants are dying off, though IIRC people are growing more ...
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sci-fi novel about nuclear disaster, rich/poor main characters, one surviving but not the other

I read this in the early '90s. Pretty sure it was called something similar to "the last summer". The world is about to become uninhabitable due to nuclear war or disaster. The main character (a girl) ...
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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, ...