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Fiction recs for Philosophy class!

I'm teaching an introductory ethics course, and I'd like to see if the hivemind has better suggestions for short fiction that deals with either the purpose of a social contract, or demonstrates how social contracts go horribly wrong. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 23, 2016 - 7 answers

How realistic is The Peripheral?

Specifically, how likely is something like the "jackpot" in Gibson's new book to happen? Spoilers below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 27, 2015 - 12 answers

Polyandry - tell me everything

I'm writing a dystopian sci fi novel and it's coming along sparkingly. Yay. One of the plot lines involves a shortage of women, and the development of new family units utilising polyandry. I'm looking for resources - primarily non-fiction - of both positive and negative experiences of polyandry. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Sci-Fi short story search

I read a creepy utopia/dystopia sci-fi short story ~5 years ago, believe it was in an anthology and haven't been able to find it since... [more inside]
posted by Schlani on Sep 18, 2014 - 4 answers

People losing it and going berserk in a SciFi novel

Current affairs - that is, the apparent epidemic of guys with guns shooting up public places - are reminding me of a SciFi novel I read long ago, but they're not reminding me which one it was. As I recall, it was a dystopia where population pressure caused people to suddenly snap and lash out physically at whoever was nearby. IIRC, they were described as berserkers. What is that book?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Jun 6, 2014 - 11 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Gadget review in the form of short dystopian scifi

Help me find an online review that someone wrote several years ago, reviewing a data-erasing gadget by writing a piece of dystopian fiction in which the user needs to use the device in a hurry. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Mar 13, 2014 - 1 answer

What if we don't need to read anymore? Futurist recommendations...

What fiction, non-fiction, or academic works on a "post-literate" world can you recommend? Has anyone written about a world where the most successful and powerful don't necessarily posses the ability to read or write as we know it? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

The sun only comes out once every ten years...

My elementary school class was shown a movie about a dystopian future where the sun only appeared once in a while. I saw the movie sometime between 1984 and 1986. It was in the gifted program if that makes any difference. I’m sure the movie was meant to be thought-provoking. I was slightly traumatized. This is what I remember: 1) The sun only comes out once at a ridiculously long interval, maybe once a year or once every 10 years. 2) Around five or six school age kids standing in front of a huge wall of tanning bed lights. There were in their bathing suits and wearing eye protecting goggles. They talked amongst one another and were told by the teachers to switch sides every so often. 3) When the sun came out, colorful flowers bloomed, children ran in the fields, but there was one bullied child locked in an interior room or closet. She or he was not able to enjoy the one day of sunshine. Has anyone seen this or know its name? Internet searches have been fruitless. Thanks
posted by harperdrew on Feb 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Looking for dystopian short fiction and literary theory

Please help me find as much short (8,000 words or less) dystopian fiction and literary theory (any length) as possible! Anthologies are fine. It can be on the internet or in book/magazine/any purchasable form. It can be famous; it can be obscure. Anything goes, really! [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I cope with the end of the world without making others unhappy?

I'm not a survivalist, but I don't feel good about the world. I feel like conversations (around the lunch table, with friends and family, etc) are all sort of hovering slightly above desperation, with regards to things like the financial system, wars, politics, surveillance, technology, depression, etc. It feels like every room is full of elephants and nobody knows what to say about them. Sometimes I feel like I'm draining the joy from the situation -- though I mostly keep all my fears to myself, I worry that I somehow remind everyone of "the darkness." It has something to do with suppression. I don't think I'm alone in feeling like this, so I wonder if there are any intelligent resources for the psychological and social aspects of it.
posted by mbrock on Aug 31, 2013 - 31 answers

Recomend me movies where the main character discovers true reality

I want more movies where the main character is living in a fake, controlled, contrived, world, and later discovers/breaks free into the true reality. Good examples are: Trueman show, Matrix, Metropia, 1984, soylent green etc. Thanks a lot!
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 30, 2013 - 50 answers

Book Filter: Dystopian/Utopian Novel with Roman Setting

Tyring to recall the title of a book: a society which follows a largely Roman style of rule. There are (IIRC) three real social classes: male Centurions, male slaves/servants and women. From the outside, it appeared that the military structure was the ruling class, but the women were breeding out aggression and seeing that all aggressive men became Centurions and the others appeared to be slaves/servants.
posted by plinth on Jun 27, 2013 - 1 answer

I want to learn about the birth of dystopias, fictional and real

I'm looking for books, stories, films, documentaries, articles about the birth of dystopic societies. Examples could be a prequel to the Hunger Games (how did this fictional world come to be?), an article about people's lives in a nation where democracy was overthrown, stories about how Jews and non-Jews reacted to the early days of Hitler's rise, explorations of the slow realization that an ostensibly democratic nation is now really run by a strongman or single powerful party. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Modern doublethink?

What are some actual (non-fictional) modern, Orwellian / dystopian phrases? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 12, 2012 - 58 answers

A SciFi film with or about pipes or tubes?

Name This Film: I'm trying to remember the name of a dystopian/SciFi film I saw years back in the 90s, could have been from the 80s. The premise must have been similar to City of Ember, with a kid or teen in an underground city. I remember pipes or tubes featuring prominently, and think they were in the title too. [more inside]
posted by ts;dr on Jun 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a short story on copyright micropayments

Looking for a dystopian short story that made the rounds around half a year ago about intellectual property. It was (I believe) a father and daughter who go through emails and have to make micropayments for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, etc. Any thoughts? I may have seen it on MeFi or Boing Boing, and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by evadery on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Sorry, you aren't profitable enough to live.

I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

A story before its time. Its time is now.

Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Going straight in curved space

Trying to identify a sci-fi short story where I only remember the ending… [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jan 15, 2012 - 3 answers

What's this story called?

Please help me find a story i read about 10 years ago. In a dystopian world, criminals are not locked up, but instead are marked and ordinary people are not allowed to interact with them. [more inside]
posted by revikim on Nov 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Trying to remember dystopian book title?

Trying to remember a dystopian sci-fi book, society had the technology to record mental experiences which allowed people to experience good things such as beaches/vacations but also "bad" things such as prostitution/drugs/murder. Anyone know the name of this book? [more inside]
posted by tubling on Aug 29, 2011 - 33 answers

RaceWIN! Native American Science Fiction

RaceWIN? Native American-written dystopian/fantasy/science/ speculative fiction. I am looking for the name of the text and author of a contemporary Native American novel that is satirical and dystopian. [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 31, 2011 - 13 answers

NameThatSciFiFilter: a factory that makes other factories, sabotage, whole milk

Short story. Plot involved a far-future factory city that is tuned exclusively to war, long after the actual war is over. The protagonist tries to confuse / stop the machine by intercepting some message and responding with some nonsense. I seem to recall it having to do with whole or skim milk, or some kind of sandwich. The ending was that they manage to shut down the city, but this makes it just fire off a new city-seed out of a big cannon. It made more sense in the story! Possible candidates: Ellison? Vonnegut? I am thinking 60s or 70s.
posted by gregglind on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Tina Turner wasn't in this one...

What was the film I saw about 15 years ago? Female lead in a Mad Max-esque dystopia. May have been on earth, maybe not. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Please help ID this story.

ID this YA book about a dystopian city and clown-like savior. [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Dec 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Society collapses into chaos: scenes from my Greyhound bus trip

My brother gave me so many hassles about "are you really going to take Greyhound??" that I'd like to send him joke "pictures from my trip" -- over-the-top movie screenshots about the worst bus trip ever: a post-apocalyptic bus/train station, 1980s punks with mohawks in a futuristic Mad Max gang standing around barrel fires at the edge of town... [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 23, 2010 - 24 answers

"Soylent Green is people, but we're really okay with that."

Could a society possibly sustain itself solely on a culture of systematized cannibalism? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 16, 2010 - 31 answers

Dystopia in miniature!

What sci-fi novels feature small community habitats which are the petri dishes of social/political experimentation? By "habitat" I mean a structure or ship that's totally isolated and self-sufficient. Dystopia in miniature! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 13, 2010 - 45 answers

Accentuate the positive?

Does "utopia" exist in modern/contemporary fiction? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Dec 3, 2009 - 32 answers

I'm going underground...

It's time for another round of 'name that childhood story'! Please help me identify a novel about a society that (literally) lived underground... [more inside]
posted by ghost dance beat on Sep 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Name of movie where kids lock someone inside during the one safe time to enjoy the outdoors?

What's this movie? Basic plot: children living in a future where it (acid) rains all of the time and cannot go outside except for one rare, short period that it will be clear..... and they lock some child inside the school? [more inside]
posted by babsomatica on Aug 16, 2009 - 11 answers

What is the title of this book?

Identify a book for my girlfriend please. Read in the mid 90's maybe had 'children' in the title. Sci-fi novel about children held captive with woman in a castle after being placed with her through a government forced foster system (children are lent out to childless people for one month). They survive nuclear meltdown and years after by being put into suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Aug 9, 2009 - 5 answers

I want more of the same.

I enjoy literature with a dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic bent to it. I want more. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Autarky on Oct 5, 2008 - 60 answers

Sci-fi spitting in Mona Lisa's eye

Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 25, 2008 - 2 answers

who are these children?

Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Apr 22, 2008 - 15 answers

What fictional evil has great corporate branding?

What fictional evil has great corporate branding? I'm knitting myself sweaters and want to use the merchandising logo of fictional and cinematic dystopian/corrupt/evil corporations or organizations. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 20, 2007 - 96 answers

Know a short story where service-worker drones started being managed by constant messages in their earpieces?

Looking for a short story I read online, where technological advances eliminate middle management and then junior employees, with a fast food restaurant used as an example... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Minority Voices on Dystopia

Looking for traditions/ideas/conjecture/debate about hypothetical "dystopias" (from/not limited to: fiction, film, social/political theory, philosophy, eschatology) that come from non-White/European (of any gender) voices. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Which road to despotism?

If the United States of America becomes a despotism, what sort of despotism might it be, and by what steps might we arrive there? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on May 31, 2005 - 23 answers


continuing on the 1984- teaching front, my students are working on a final project and need some help... [mi] [more inside]
posted by ronv on May 28, 2004 - 11 answers

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