“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” —Nineteen Eighty-Four
Over sixty years later, 1984 has come and gone, but Orwell’s unsettling vision of the future continues to resonate throughout our culture, along with so many other great dystopian works of the last century, from Fahrenheit 451 to The Hunger Games, Metropolis to Blade Runner, Harrison Bergeron to The Handmaid’s Tale…the list goes on and on and so, on this bright, not-so-cold day in April, we’re pleased to announce a weeklong celebration of a subgenre which has continually challenged the comfortable boundaries of our imaginations.
We’ve asked our bloggers and some of our favorite authors to weigh in on their favorite works of dystopian fiction and film, and we hope you’ll join us as we explore the continuing impact and influence of these worlds which have captured (and sometimes haunted) our collective imaginations. We’ve got an eclectic mix of posts in store—we’ll be covering some classics along with less obvious works, and while the list is by no means exhaustive, it should be fun, thought-provoking and doubleplusgood (and not at all dark and sinister and riddled with ominous pro-Stubby propaganda and subliminal mind control experiments…)
Enjoy! You can find all the posts in Dystopia Week in one easy, automatically updated index by clicking the red “DYSTOPIA WEEK” text above the headline of an article.
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