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Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby DuplicateFeline » Fri May 01, 2015 6:36 am UTC

I've been wondering what the most popular dystopian novel on the forum is.


My favorite is Uglies.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri May 01, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

The Sheep Look Up. I loved Brave New World, 1984, and that one I can't remember the title of where people have lived in caves and can echolocate. Also Ilium was pretty dystopian. Uh...

Oh, I liked Hunger Games too.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Quercus » Fri May 01, 2015 3:10 pm UTC

Farenheit 451 for me.


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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Quercus » Fri May 01, 2015 3:18 pm UTC

...I forgot about Greybeard (Brian Aldiss), that's a good one too.

I can see I'm going to have to make some additions to my reading list as a result of this thread...

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby serutan » Tue May 12, 2015 4:51 am UTC

1984.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Fizz » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:19 pm UTC

Fahrenheit 451 is the best. But have you read Margaret Atwood's Madd Addam series? Sick but good.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Zohar » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:02 pm UTC

Oh yeah, Atwood, I only read The Handmaid's Tale but it was excellent, definitely one of the best dystopian novels I've read. I need to read more of her stuff too.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby almach » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:15 pm UTC

Am I gonna be run out of here with pitchforks if I say Atlas Shrugged?

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:19 pm UTC

It's hard to get more dystopian than Galt's Gulch, so no, I think that works.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:27 pm UTC

I can't tell which direction you're both kidding, so well played.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:00 pm UTC

almach wrote:Am I gonna be run out of here with pitchforks if I say Atlas Shrugged?


Well, your taste in literature might be questioned. =) It's certainly not the best flowing novel I've read. But dystopia, sure.

Me, I rather like dystopias as shown in sci-fi books. Heinlein, etc. The whole class of "mindless anti-science attitudes preventing progress" societies, really. Was a common thing, with a healthy dose of optimism in the dreamers prevailing.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Liri » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:56 pm UTC

Oryx & Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy) far and away. They're way more realistic now than 1984 or Brave New World. Books that deal with massive extinction and climate change are way scarier than totalitarian governments.

MaddAddam made me feel like vomiting a couple times.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby tomandlu » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:19 pm UTC

1984

What's the first dystopian book?
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Tyndmyr » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:39 pm UTC

tomandlu wrote:1984

What's the first dystopian book?


The bible.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby tomandlu » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:04 am UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:
tomandlu wrote:1984

What's the first dystopian book?


The bible.


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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby cemper93 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:08 pm UTC

A Canticle for Leibowitz. Best writing of any of the books mentioned in this thread, although The Handmaid's Tale surpasses it in some other aspects, and is my winner if post-nuclear worlds are not considered sufficiently distopian for lack of a ridiculously evil authoritarian government.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby kiniget » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:55 am UTC

the Lotus Wars trilogy

some of the most beautiful writing I have ever seen in my life

plus the setting is basically steampunk Japan, so that's fun too
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby Quercus » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:09 pm UTC

kiniget wrote:the Lotus Wars trilogy

some of the most beautiful writing I have ever seen in my life

plus the setting is basically steampunk Japan, so that's fun too


Ooooh. That's going on my reading list. Thanks!

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby LadyLand » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:23 pm UTC

My favourite dystopian novel? Well... 1984.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby CorruptUser » Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

Fahrenheit 451. Best is the minorities speech. Minorities, Montag. Dog lovers, cat lovers, 3rd generation Chinese-Americans. Someone is bound to be offended no matter what you wrote. If you listen to every whiny little group ebtually your books will become bland nothings that don't even have a plot.

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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby ahammel » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:22 am UTC

tomandlu wrote:What's the first dystopian book?
Jack London's The Iron Heel (1908)? Unless The Time Machine counts (1895). Or maybe Gulliver's Travels (1726) if you really want to stretch a definition.

According to wikipedia, JS Mill coined the word, or at least got in the first recorded use of it.
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Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:18 am UTC

Wait, wouldn't Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court count? The whole thing is a medieval hell without any soap, the guy comes in and through modernization, makes himself dictator. Then everyone tries to stop him and thousands upon thousand of people are killed, and everything goes back to the way things were, with even less hygiene.

But I would also second The Time Machine.


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