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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Near future dystopian USA where rampant disinformation has destroyed “truth”

A few months ago I listened to a radio emission introducing a new book from a known sci-fi author. I thought it sounded really interesting, unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the author, book ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Story involving the rumoured “whisper line”: 2 points in a subterranean prison between which it is possible to communicate [duplicate]

I have vague memories of a sci-fi story that involves "the whisper line" as a crucial plot device. The whisper line refers to 2 secret points in a highly oppressive prison institution between which it ...
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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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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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Man who finds electricity in a dystopian society only to be driven into wilderness

I remember almost all of the story details except the name and author! Here are some bigger points: I believe it's an older story – between the 60s-70s. People in this future are encouraged to group-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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70s-80s short story: couple seemingly escaped a tyranny, but it's actually hypnosis/an illusion and they are working themselves to death as slaves

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 ...
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How much was Equilibrium influenced by Fahrenheit 451?

I see some similarities between the movie Equilibrium and the book Fahrenheit 451. Does anyone know if there is actually any association? or am i just looking at the extremely basic ideas of ...
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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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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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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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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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Movie about cop with a control chip in his head which breaks

In the 90s or early 00s I watched a film about a corporation who controlled society. All citizens had a chip in their heads, that substitutes and decors their reality. For example, a future style city ...
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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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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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Dystopian Arthouse film about a man making a robot in a dystopian destroyed city

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Identify Dog-eat-dog society story

This story was set in an over-crowded 'hot-house' of a city, a dog-eat-dog society where only the most competitive individuals survive and rise to power.The revelation is that another society then ...
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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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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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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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Movie where a woman escapes from a dream pod into a red-sand filled world

This movie starts out with a young girl who is sleeping in this kind of pod that gives people dreams. This is a post-apocalyptic kind of dystopian world. She hates the dream world and wants to get out....
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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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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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90s biopunk novel about near future genetic engineering

The novel is set against the backdrop of an economic collapse in the near future US. At one point a demonstration for a bailout is used as cover for a terrorist attack. There's a character who's a ...