A Beginner’s Guide to Dystopia



Mark Twain, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

G.K. Chesterton, Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World (1907)

Jack London, The Iron Heel (1908)

G.K. Chesterton, Man Who Was Thursday (1908)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1931)

Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here (1935)

Murray Constantine [Katherine Burdekin], Swastika Night (1937)

C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (1945)

George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles (1950)

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Arthur Bestor, Demolished Man (1953)

Walter Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)

Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night (1963)

Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes (1963)

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughter-House Five (1969)

Ira Levin, This Perfect Day (1970)

Stephen King, The Stand (1970)

  1. Neil Schulman, Alongside Night (1979)

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)

P.D. James, Children of Men (1992)

Michael O’Brien, Father Elijah (1996)

Michael O’Brien, Eclipse of the Sun (1998)

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003)

Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games (2008)

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One (2011)


Graphic Novels

Frank Miller, The Dark Night Returns (1986)

Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta (1998)

Brian Vaughan, Y: The Last Man (2002)

Paul Pope, Batman: Year 100 (2006)

Brian Wood, DMZ (2006)



[Including movies made from the above forms of fiction]

The Island; Blade Runner; 12 Monkeys; Dark City; Logan’s Run; Idiocracy; Soylent Green; Gattaca; Batman Begins; Equilibrium; Brazil

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