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The Handmaid’s Tale

May 5, 2017
Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel is a recipe book for how to create a hellish society. It's also a recipe book for how to resist.

Disposable Futures

Jun 5, 2014
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.

They Are Watching You

Apr 24, 2014
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.

On Such a Full Sea

Jan 24, 2014
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?) Chang-rae Lee's new novel is a haunting, unnerving critique of a spiritually stunted community kept satisfied with basic comforts and the promise of protection from a threatening world.

Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Jan 5, 2014
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.Louisiana has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization.

MaddAddam

Sep 21, 2013
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.The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood's "dystopian trilogy" is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.

Let Us Now Sing About the Warmed Earth

Jul 29, 2013
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.