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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What dystopian TV show has kids running an underground newspaper?

I am trying to remember a TV series that I watched as a kid in the early 90's from either the 70's or 80's that involved a group of kids living in a grey (literally) dystopian world. They were running ...
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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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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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End-of-humanity SF

A recent story-id question introduced me to a Thomas M. Disch novel about the end of humanity while fighting, and losing, against overwhelmingly powerful alien invaders. This was in the early 1960s. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1970/80s YA novel about dystopian divided country of cities and countryside?

I read this book as a kid in the 80s at school. Its about a dystopian country where the protagonist lives in a dirty city environment (there are no longer books as they are deemed unsanitary because ...
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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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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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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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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, ...