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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dystopian China/Korea. Gun built from sheets of paper. Torture sex offender

This is a movie I watched probably seven or eight years ago, and it looked pretty new back then. Early 2000's I'd say. Here's what I remember: It was in Chinese or Korean Also set in either a near-...
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Searching for title of story where children are wild and live outside the city

I read a short story many years ago that I would like to find for my kids. Have googled like mad to no avail. Here is what I remember: Set in a dystopian future, A couple puts on some special skin ...
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Dystopian story about kid being trained as Prison camp commander against his will

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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Dystopian future where a machine erases memories, and removes hair and nails

There's a book I read about a year ago that was absolutely amazing and I've recently been looking with all that I can remember about the book. The books in a dystopian universe where the main ...
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First story to describe cannibalism in a futuristic society?

What is the first sci-fi story (if any) to describe how cannibalism would look in a futuristic society?
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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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Short Story like “Resurrection Days”

Looking for a pulp short-story with the following plot elements: man dies; wakes in dystopia governed by women; makes bacon using a mental-machine. The theme is similar to Wilson Tucker's '80's novel,...
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1970s sci-fi book. Main character has a mind-control implant called a Bofron(?) and can transport self to other planets

Book I am looking for may be YA sci-fi book but I can’t recall. I think the protagonist in the story was named Ben..not 100% though. He was part of a society that used some kind of mind control and he ...
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A kind of 1984 remake, in an Internet based society

I am looking for the title and author of a specific novel, a social dystopia that sort of takes after 1984, but takes place on the Internet where some Big Brother, controlled by corporations, watches ...
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Looking for the title of a book: teen dystopian fiction, nanobots used to heal injuries, build tents, etc

I believe that it may have been a part of a series. A young boy's father is killed by his science partner who wants to use the technology they built together for evil purposes. The boy's mother is ...