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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1980's children's novel about present-day post-nuclear USA?

I'm looking for the title to a book I read in the 80's about a family set in the present day surviving after a nuclear holocaust. The whole family survives for a time. The little girl hides under a ...
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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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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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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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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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Dystopian novel about vampires or zombies (can't remember which). Kids are raised away from their families

I read a book several years ago (2003-ish) which was about a group of survivors that were living after a vampire or zombie apocalypse (I can't remember which). The children were kept secluded from ...
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Novel about kids seeing spirits with a main character who is an orphan

So I've been looking for this for years. It's a book that starts with a 'C' and may or may not have been something along the lines of 'Cosmos' but whenever I search for it under that name, nothing ...
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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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Set of stories printed in IASFM, involving a universe where false Utopias are created, and the protagonists attempt to combat such

Ok, I read this as a kid, so, about 1985 or so would be the latest it might have been printed; the copies of IASFM (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), however, were from a Yard Sale, and could ...
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Fantasy young adult novel with a girl who lived in a city surrounded by walls

The girl lived in a magic city where the wall protecting them was filled with magic. Only kids had magic, it was drained from adults, and this girl goes to gets drained, but they inject magic into her ...
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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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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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looking for early 2000's sci fi youth fiction set in future, kids have mental powers that let them simulate war

I just got a vague memory of a book I read when I was in middle school, and I'd love to find it again but I only have a basic grasp of the plot and some tiny details. Set sometime in the future or ...
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Cartoon from 90s-2000s about alien who is stranded on Earth and has a son with a woman

There was this 90s-2000s cartoon (like the old-style cartoons X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman etc) about an alien being stranded on Earth and fathering a child with a woman. Then something happened to the ...
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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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What is this novel set in a future where telepaths are persecuted?

Here's what I remember about the book: It was published in the 1980's as a mass market paperback. The cover features people in white jumpsuits. One of the telepathic characters is a professional/...
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What is this movie called?! - Dystopian Arthouse film

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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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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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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“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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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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YA: girl wakes up on spaceship/station where everything is sterile and automatic

I read a book when I was in I think 4th or 5th grade and I am 30 now. I do not know when it was written, but I read it around the same time that "The Giver" came out which was 1993. A girl woke up ...
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Looking for a novel about a dystopian future where the resistance operates a help line

I read this while up at my grandparents somewhere around 1990ish. Given how many books they had from when my dad was growing up, there's a decent chance that it's older. It was a novel where the ...
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Trying to find the name of a book - dystopian sci-fi

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction slash dystopian book I saw in a bookstore in South Africa within the last three years (2010-2013). It was a new release at the time, and possibly the ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian book about a female VR character trapped with cannibals who are real people jacked into the game

I remember a book read around 2016/2017. It's about a girl trapped in a VR game where she is a character. The VR game has real humans in it controlled by chips in their brain. The girl became sentient ...
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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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Children (teens) escape from false-utopia where adults are subjugated by AI(s)

I am pretty sure I read it in the mid-80's. The plot elements which I remember: In the future, some Artificial Intelligence (or possibly a collection of AIs) has subjugated humanity. All adults are ...
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Identify Story: Dystopian Children's Novel About Subterranean Class System [duplicate]

This is a book that haunted me for years. A girl lives on a very low level of an ant-hill-like society where most people live underground (supposedly due to a polluted surface). Most of the people ...
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Story about a Kid tagged for lobotomy who hacks the system to become a city executive [duplicate]

This was in a collection I read in the 80s. Target group was Young adult and I think the theme was education, entering adulthood, etc. I can't recall the names or characters. Collection was hardback. ...
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Looking for late 70s short story anthology, we'd call it YA now. May have included Leiber's “A Pail of Air” [duplicate]

Read this in the school library - all the stories were very dysotopian. One involved a character named 'Emelen' who by the end of the story discovers they are just one of many discarded clones (MLN). ...
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Paperback series about teenagers in a dystopic USA - Plot of main book involved sodium cooled motorbikes

I think I read this around 2000. It was a paperback book, which I'm pretty certain was labeled with "Book 1" of a series, although I only read part of this first one. It was set in a somewhat dystopic ...
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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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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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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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Perpetual war sci-fi story from the 70s

So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's ...
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Book about dystopian future, assassins, crime

In this book a boy aged 14, very intelligent, gets recruited into a secret assassination group. He is very poor and is promised a new life but he must never go back to his old one. He then has to ...
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YA book series, main character named Thad, kept in a school where students were experimented on

He was kept in a "boarding school" but really it was a place where they experimented on students. Thad had powers where he would get angry and lights would explode. He could communicate telepathically ...
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Short story: Guy hired by woman to take her across post-apocalyptic Russia on a motorbike

The story centres around a guy in a Russia either dystopian or post global collapse of some kind like a depression. He's riding some kind of electric motorbike or an ojek (a motorcycle taxi). The ...
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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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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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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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Name of a short story where 10-year-olds battle each other gladiator style (not Battle Royale)?

I read this story in Russian in 1990s. It was a translated story. The name of the author escapes me, but I have a vague feeling it was some Anglophone or Hispanic name. The story is essentially about ...
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Dystopian novel about people die but houses still function and food cooks itself

I am trying to remember the name of a book (it's also possibly a short story) that I read in high school. In this writing all the people have died due to a nuclear blast (I think) but the Earth itself ...
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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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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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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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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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Social dystopia requiring conformant behavior

I am trying to remember the name of a film I saw where people have to abandon their own personality and free will to adapt to the standard of a community, similar in theme to "The Stepford wives". The ...
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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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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 ...