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Dystopian novels \ short stories?

I still can't get 1984 out of my head. I haven't been able to read a good (fiction) book since I finished it, because I'm still deeply in that mindset. Anyone care to recommend some other novels that feature a similar world or setting? Sadly, I've been playing HL2 to get my fix, lately.

In fact, game recommendations are also good, why not.



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Jun. 16th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
oh crap, that book freaked me out so much...

thirded :)
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thirded Brave New World, you should read them together really.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
V for Vendetta. Specifically the comic, not the film. Do not watch the film.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh good, I was gonna ask about comics too. Awesome, I keep meaning to look into that.
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Not exactly the same, but "Fahrenheit 451" is excellent and picks up the idea of information being banned/controlled. There's also a fairly decent movie with Christian Bale and a brief appearance by Sean Bean called "Equilibrium" which was much better than I anticipated it would be.

Definitely read "Brave New World." It's an excellent book.
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: dystopian
Oh, and for the record, I liked the "V for Vendetta" film, but I read the comic afterwards. I think if you haven't read the graphic novel yet, try the film. It's a different experience when you're not familiar with the novel - fans of the novel were much harsher critics of the film.
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: dystopian
No, don't, it's a trap
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Try The Space Merchants, by Pohl & Kornbluth. It's not bleak like 1984, more about commercialism than politics. Fun too.
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Blind Faith by Ben Elton. I can't say i've read all this since I just stole it off a friend for a day while travelling and keep forgetting to get a hold of it again so i can finish but it's along the same kind of lines.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
A Clockword Orange.
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Catch-22, it probably doesn't fall under dystopian but it definitely falls under freakishly good.
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
You can try Brave New World by Aldous Huxley or We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
Jun. 17th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Definitely Brave New World. Then perhaps Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K Dick, upon which Bladerunner is based. (I'm assuming you'll have read - or at least seen - Watchmen.)
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