Some Dystopian Reading–In the News

Art by one of my favorite artists, South African "Faroutsider."

Art by one of my favorite artists, South African “Faroutsider.”

Some really interesting articles have appeared over the past few weeks dealing with dystopian literature.

Wired has a bit of a spirited debate:

Against: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/stop-writing-dystopian-sci-fiits-making-us-all-fear-technology/

In favor: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/no-dystopian-sci-fi-isnt-bad-for-society-we-actually-need-it-more-than-ever/

While, the London Guardian is worried: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/01/ya-dystopias-children-free-market-hunger-games-the-giver-divergent

What I strongly disagree with is the notion that dystopian fiction is either right or left.  As a genre, it’s just interesting, and it can be as anti-corporate as it is anti-statist.  What’s left and what’s right?  

Placing it in a left-right category as the Guardian writes does not only diminishes the genre, it diminishes the intelligence of the genre’s audience.

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