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  • adj. dystopian


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  • However, I have to say that the positivity in dystopic fiction comes from the characters themselves.

    MIND MELD: Why is Genre Fiction Bleak and What Can Be Done About It?

  • There are books on that list I'd describe as dystopic, and ones I'd describe as post-apocalyptic.

    Diana Peterfreund

  • The result: a pastiche of work investigating a myriad of themes such as dystopic landscapes, melancholia, communal living and the creative process.


  • Since the government had the ability to lock you up or take you away based on your behavior, you can imagine that this kind of dystopic vision would resonate in a time when increasingly fewer people probably understand the guts of technology and yet increasingly rely on it, shoveling more and more of their data into online repositories, or having it collected about them as they visit various websites.


  • The environmentalist worst-case scenario comes to life in this novel set in a dystopic Thailand.

    Democracy for Me But Not for Thee

  • Since then, he has been deprived access to defense, suffered violations of due process, and subjected to treatment which led to an apparent attempted suicide, leaving him in a precarious mental state (click here to read one of the dystopic court rulings).

    Robert Amsterdam: Kagame's American Political Prisoner

  • Like "Chronic City," Jonathan Lethem's dystopic vision of a near-future New York, Shteyngart's novel is light on plot but studded with hilarious and sometimes depressing details of our culture's decay.

    Gary Shteyngart's "Super Sad True Love Story," reviewed by Ron Charles

  • Here's an idea I had for a dystopic novel about capitalist excesses: In the future, companies that discover the functions of human genes can patent the genes they decode.

    The future is here, and it's nuts

  • Ms. ATWOOD: Which part of it do you want, the disaster part or the dystopic part or the strange sciency (ph) part?

    Atwood On Science, Fiction And 'The Flood'

  • It's a rare example of reality television that genuinely reflects reality, rather than Hollywood's dystopic views of divorced and widowed empty nesters marching inexorably toward isolated, joyless futures.

    Golden Girl


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  • DYSTOPIA (dystopic): An imagined universe (usually the future of our own world) in which a worst-case scenario is explored; the opposite of utopia. Dystopic stories have been especially influential on postmodernism, as writers and film-makers imagine the effects of various aspects of our current postmodern condition, for example, the world's take-over by machines (The Matrix); the social effects of the hyperreal (Neuromancer); a society completely run by media commercialism (The Running Man); the triumph of late capitalism (Blade Runner); bureaucratic control run amok (Brazil, 1984); and so on.


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    a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

    February 13, 2011