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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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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 ...
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Looking for the name of a Sci Fi book about a dystopian future earth with no medical services [duplicate]

So this is killing me... I read the book some years ago. My premise was that I do not read enough different authors, so I started picking books at random going down the alphabet. This book was ...
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sci-fi novel about nuclear disaster, rich/poor main characters, one surviving but not the other

I read this in the early '90s. Pretty sure it was called something similar to "the last summer". The world is about to become uninhabitable due to nuclear war or disaster. The main character (a girl) ...
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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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Short story about government-mandated equality [duplicate]

I am trying to recall a short story I read perhaps 10 years ago. It was a story about a dystopian future where people were not allowed to have any advantage and were artificially handicapped. What I ...
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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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Science Fiction Dystopian story where only the homeless still knew how to read

I can't remember if this was a short story or from a film (or a dream), but I think it is at least 10-15 years old. The homeless (as I recall) tended to live underground and would have stacks of books ...
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Is there a precursor to the Culture?

The Culture, from the Iain M Banks novels, seems to be a merger between a utopia and a dystopia. Is this a new phenomenon or do other examples exist?
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What is this science fiction book on earth about a valley community?

I remember a book dealing with a valley community that had psychokinetic hive mind powers caused by some fungus in a cold storage cave. I remember the town being a bit isolated and that they bought ...
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Searching for Giver--like novel [duplicate]

I vaguely remember reading a novel with a similar setting to "The Giver", but the nothingness was delivered via injection rather than a daily pill. About all I can recall is that the hero is given ...
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Dystopian future, AI Space weapons, sentient dolphins, Railroad gauge wars and more. What's the book name?

So I read this book several years ago and now I'm trying to remember the name. I know this is a fairly vague description but I'm hoping it's enough for someone to catch on and help me. I know this ...
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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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Dystopian movie about the slums vs rich neighbourhoods (similair to Elysium)

I have vague memories about this movie being filled with action, big guns and a lot of jumping on rooftops in the slums of a post-apocalyptic/post government-crash movie. The only thing separating the ...
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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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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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Dystopian short play identification?

I read this play in my Literature class not too long ago but cannot remember the name, nor find any clue of it on the internet. It's rather short -- we got through the majority of it in the hour ...
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Book about future where they use honey instead of money? [duplicate]

I remember reading this about 3 years ago. The main character is a teenage girl who has to learn how to survive in this new world. I think she’s trying to find her brother with the help of some people ...
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60s-70s Dystopian UK novel featured in the old Science Fiction Book Club

Looking for title/author of a 60's-70's novel of near future dystopian UK. It featured a family beset by "yobs" - that was the term actually used in the book. Yob culture was ascendant. There was a ...
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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 ...
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Elite caretakers disguised as bathroom attendants

I'm looking for the title of a story about elite caretakers disguised as bathroom attendants, etc. I thought it was by Ray Bradbury. It is not "The Marching Morons" by Kornbluth.
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A book my brother-in-law read when he was growing-up in the 70's/80's, possibly post-apocalyptic.

It sounds like a post-apocalyptic story from what he told me. The only details he could give me other than that was a character called Kincaid (unsure of spelling) and a group called the Kriss (again ...
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Dystopian anime series in which a boy finds a capsule, with a girl wearing a bracelet

I remember watching something years back; the anime is set in a dystopian Japan, where a boy accidentally finds an capsule with a girl inside of it, with the girl wearing a bracelet.
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YA short story about crowd control terrorism with black an white images, set in elementary school, part of anthology

images that look like QR codes used to scramble peoples' brains, make them lose sight temporarily and maybe make them hear a piercing noise? kids going through halls of school wearing sunglasses/...
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Looking for a dystopian book with handicapped people [duplicate]

I read a short Dystopian story in middle school, with a society where everyone is equal. People are given mental and physical handicaps to make sure everyone is equal. A kid named Harrison (I think) ...