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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Apocalyptic VR Short Story where a girl experiences glitches in her reality

Hoping to identify a short story I read in a sci-fi anthology in the late 1980s: no character names, I'm afraid, but the plot was along these lines: a girl (probably!) lives in a "normal" ...
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Story written in the 80s, appeared in Analog or Fantasy & Science Fiction

I need some help tracking a story that I thought I had on the shelf but didn't. Let me outline the plot, and some details I recall really well, I think it was called Trader's Oath but my google search ...
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Story about a girl who discovers she lives in an “exhibition” and manages to escape to Indianapolis/Minneapolis

If I recall correctly, the story describes life on the American frontier, but the characters soon realise there's a world outside and that they're essentially living in an exhibition. The characters ...
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Anime about a city where you must not lose your mask or you lose your face

I remember the first chapter where the main character is visiting a city with his/her pet (I don’t remember the gender or if the pet was a human). The thing is you don’t have to lose your mask because ...
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Dystopian sci-fi story, ink disappears from books, all books must be read out-loud

I'm looking for a dystopian sci-fi story where something (probably nano-machines) makes the ink in books disappear; thus depriving humanity of its history, knowledge, and culture. This prompts a rule ...
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Short story: limited life spans, arm tattoos, gang of kids on minibikes [duplicate]

This is from an dystopian anthology I read in the early 1970's. The world is run-down and brutal, reminiscent of Soylent Green / Make Room Make Room. Everyone has a tattoo on their arm indicating ...
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Film (possibly made for TV) where everyone wears a headset which controls thoughts by suppressing IQ [duplicate]

Film set in USA where everyone wears a headset which controls thoughts by suppressing IQ. Everything is a copy of 1950s, even cars & clothes. Hero discovers the truth and is told by interrogator ...
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Futuristic dystopia book where kids have superpowers and were fighting in a war for their countries; had multiple character point of views

The book had a red cover and the synopsis said something like “what would you do if your country told you you were the key to winning the war?” The main boy character in the story had powers similar ...
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90s (or earlier) short story concerning two mathematicians and “dark numbers”

I think I read this short story 20, 30 years ago. The story concerns two mathematicians in a dark dystopian future. The one is struggling with some project, and can't figure out how to get the thing ...
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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 ...
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Short story set in an apocalyptic or post apocalyptic type setting of an abandoned cityscape

I remember reading this short story in middle school (2009-2011). I think it was set in an abandoned underground subway in NYC, but we don't find that out at all. The way everything is described makes ...
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Short story about AI robot who kills all humans except a small group [duplicate]

Trying to remember the title of a short story about an AI robot computer who kills all humans out of resentment, but keeps a small group to torture. The group consists of one loner, who eventually ...
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Short story dystopia about a state that enforces healthy living

I am looking for a short story I read some time in the 90ies in a German anthology. The story itself could be from the seventies, eighties or nineties. As far as I remember the author was an Italian. ...
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Graphic novel following a female character getting recruited into a revolutionary anti establishment type war

In the early 90’s I was exposed to a graphic novel at my local library. The content was post apocalyptic or dystopian and focused on a black female heroine who I think had a name that followed an ...
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Dystopian manga set in a post industrial world where old technology is forbidden and everything is steam/air powered

English, Primarily B/W with those "Key Scene" colored pages. Set in a post industrial world where old technology is forbidden and everything is steam/air powered. Has flying ships (boats that fly), ...
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Man accidentally hired into government position, uncovers an attempted alien invasion

This is a book science fiction story. A man was accidentally hired into a (secret?) government position due to having the same exact name as their intended hire. I don't remember, is he required to ...
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Short online story in which protagonist is the last holdout against advertising products to friends

I read this online in the '90s or 2000s. The male protagonist is a counterculture artistic type who talks about how they and their friends throw all the most coveted parties. In the larger culture, ...
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A universe not quite like ours

Okay this is a story someone else was telling me about. I wanted to read it but he didn't remember the title. This was in the mid-eighties; the story itself must be at least that old. The protagonist ...
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Dystopian novel, main female character escapes a which factory marks girls with numbers

I read the first few chapters of this book around late 2014 to early 2015. I found it during my senior year in my English teacher's personal book collection for our class. I distinctly remember the ...
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A Dystopian Anti-Consumerist Novel

I'm trying to remember a recently-published sci fi novel where all consumer decisions are made for you by predictive ai; for example, products you are predicted to want are automatically purchased and ...
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Looking for a Science Fiction book on dystopian future about an AI controlled city

I'm searching for a book I've read during the mid-90s in German. But I think the book was older, maybe classic Science Fiction and was translated from English. What I remember from the plot: It ...
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Really bizarre dystopian children’s film with hundreds of young boys forced to play piano

There’s a bizarre kids' movie from the 60s (maybe earlier or later) where an evil man has a huge piano that he forces hundreds of young boys to play constantly. I remember a shot of it showing that it ...
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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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80’s book where people had chips in their brains to do jobs

I remember reading a book in the early 80's with the whole chip in the brain theme. You'd goto work, and put a chip in your brain, and you'd get your day's work done. At the end, you'd take the chip ...
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Dystopian novel about women and men being separated

This is essentially a third-hand search, sorry. As the title states, I'm looking for information on a novel (published in the '80s possibly) or short story about a dystopian future in which women are ...
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70s or earlier story about a future where everyone is NOT equal

I was reminded of this story I read long ago by this question: Short story about a future where everyone is equal Unfortunately, it is just possible that this particular story was a french original....
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Novel set in the future, children cannot change the class they are born into, one class is made uneducated by associating books with pain

The world is a world where children are born into a class, and they cannot change it. For example, some children are radiated in the womb, so that they do not want to move to a cold climate, so that ...
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Families escape from a dystopic Earth on a starship, but turn on each other during the trip

I read this novel about 20 years ago, and I'd like to identify it. In the not so distant future, Earth society is collapsing due to rampant violence, crime, sociopathy and so on (the problems are ...
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Book: dystopian future with games and sex changes [duplicate]

I am trying to recall a book I read quite a while back. The book revolved around people that no longer faced death I believe as, of I remember correctly, one of the main characters was well over one ...
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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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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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Podcast story about woman wanting to destroy machine distributing emotionally destructive ads

I remember listening to a story, probably on Escape Pod but possibly Lightspeed, about a near future in which ubiquitous machine-generated gendered advertisements, crueler than anything that could be ...
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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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Dystopia where people are regularly forced to move, protagonist must move daily

I'm trying to remember a title of a paperback book I read over 30 years ago. It was set in a dystopian future where the whole of the Earth's society was constantly being moved around the Earth. The ...
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Dystopian trilogy: dying Earth, wealthy people living in orbital stations, main character goes on the ground and is trapped there because of a war

I would like to reread a fantastic novel (actually a trilogy). The Earth is dying consumed by war and eco problems. Some people live wealthy in orbital stations. That's where the main character ...
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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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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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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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Dystopian short story about a home computer, likely written 1970s (1970-79)

Looking for futuristic short story about a man who brings a new device home called a "computer" which soon takes an increasingly central role in its owner's life to the point of literally reaching out ...
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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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Dystopian books where society is split into 3 classes: lower, middle and untouchables, teenagers are trained to be killers

I’m trying to identify a book by a rather vague plot line that I’ve been given... Society is split into three classes. The lower, middle and untouchables. Teenagers are trained to be SAS type killers.
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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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Short story where a man is actually sane while everyone else is mad

I'm looking for a short story I read as a teen. In the near future, people have machines at home that evaluate their mental health. If it goes bad, they are known to be arrested and taken somewhere ...
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Book about someone trecking across Russia to get to America during a dystopian ice age

Looking for a book my mother read years ago. All she remembers is that someone was trying to cross an ice bridge from Russia (home) to America during a dystopian ice age, but first they had to cross ...
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A short novel about a couple traveling to a utopian/dystopian community somewhere in Asia

I remember the protagonist is a man who travels a long distance with his sick wife from Europe by train to live in a utopian community where there's no money and people are doing whatever they like. ...
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YA Fantasy romance novel about a girl whose brothers go off to war once they reach a certain age

I'm not even sure if this book even exists or I have dreamed it. It's about a girl, I remember she had an older brother that went somewhere (war I think) once he reached a certain age. The oldest one ...
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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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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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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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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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