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Will Donald Trump Make ‘1984’ Seem Like a Nursery Tale?

I suspect we’re about to have the screw-you presidency of all time, far surpassing George Orwell’s vision. And believe me, that will prove to be dystopian beyond compare—or do I mean beyond despair?

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Automation, Climate Change and Donald Trump: What Kind of Future Are We In For?

Author Peter Frase combines science fiction and Marxist theory to imagine possible outcomes, for better and for worse.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE


Disposable Futures

As more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration, dystopian politics has become mainstream politics and the practice of disposability has intensified. There are alternatives.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



They Are Watching You

It is here at the Border Security Expo 2014 that U.S. Homeland Security officials, local law enforcement, and border forces from all over the world talk contracts with private industry representatives, exhibit their techno-optimism, and begin to hammer out a future of ever more hardened, up-armored national and international boundaries.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee’s new novel is a haunting, deeply unnerving critique of a spiritually stunted community kept satisfied with basic comforts and the promise of protection from a threatening world. (Are you getting all this, NSA?) 

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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MaddAddam

The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood’s “dystopian trilogy”—a vision of global disaster in the not too distant future—is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Let Us Now Sing About the Warmed Earth

There are four elements of dystopia—ecological, political, sociological, and economic—as it relates to climate change, and news that the release of methane from beneath the Siberian permafrost would cost $60 trillion globally promises to create one.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



Kim Jong Un, This One’s for You

“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson is a rich, careening, dystopian tale that gives us a visceral hit of life inside North Korea.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Scanning’ the Darkness of Our War on Drugs

In this summer’s most talked-about movie, “A Scanner Darkly,” Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover narcotics agent losing his grip on reality in an America that has lost the war on drugs. True, the film is a warning call, but might it also inadvertently channel us toward the very dystopia it is warning against?
This article ran in May, but we’re trotting it out again because the movie just hit theaters this week.

Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


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