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"definitely the year for wizard angst"

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Happy birthday to gypsyjr! May you have an excellent day and a most wonderful year to come.

* Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily has a useful Steampunk Roundup links post.

* I have made significant updates to my working lists of dystopian fiction. Recommendations and suggestions are greatly appreciated!



Disclaimers: I'm not counting post-apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on the disaster than the world that comes after it, books that focus on worlds other than Earth, or books that mix dystopia and utopia. I've tried to limit myself to one book per author. I broke my own rules and slipped a few short stories onto the list, because I couldn't help myself.

Working List of Dystopian Fiction

Paris in the 20th Century by Jules Verne (1863/1994)
The Republic of the Future, or Socialism a Reality by Anna Bowman Dodd (1887)
The Inner House by Walter Besant (1888)
Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly (1890)
The Land of the Changing Sun by William N. Harben (1894)
The Scarlet Empire by David MacLean Parry (1906)
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson (1907)
The Iron Heel by Jack London (1908)
"The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster (1909)
The Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells (1910)
The Mayor of New York: A Romance of the Days to Come by Louis Pope Gratacap (1910)
The Unknown Tomorrow: How the Rich Fared at the Hands of the Poor by William Le Queux (1910)
The Flying Inn by G.K. Chesterton (1914)
The Air Trust by George Allan England (1915)
The Messiah of the Cylinder by Victor Rousseau (1917)
Meccania, The Super-State by Owen Gregory (1918)
Crucible Island: A Romance, An Adventure and an Experiment by Condé B. Pallen (1919)
The City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings ("Children of Kulture" 1919/1920)
The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens (1919)
Useless Hands by Claude Farrère (1920)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921)
The New City by Nathan Fialko (1925)
Metropolis by Thea von Harbou (1926)
"The Revolt of the Pedestrians" by David H. Keller (1928)
Paradise and Iron by Miles J. Breuer (1930)
"City of the Living Dead" by Laurence Manning and Fletcher Pratt (1930)
No Traveller Returns by John Collier (1931)
The Bolshevik by William Le Pretre(1931)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
Unborn Tomorrow by John Kendall (Margaret Maud Brash) (1933)
Intrigue on the Upper Level: A Story of Crime, Love, Adventure and Revolt in 2050 A.D. by Thomas Temple Hoyne (1934)
Invasion from the Air: A Prophetic Novel by Frank McIlraith and Roy Connolly (1934)
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
Land Under England by Joseph O'Neill (1935)
The Chosen Race by Edgar Albion Lyons (1936)
Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin (1937)
The Adventure of Wyndham Smith by S. Fowler Wright (1938)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (1938)
The Professor by Rex Warner (1939)
Tarnished Utopia by Malcolm Jameson (1943/1956)
The Riddle of the Tower by J.D. Beresford and Esmé Wynne-Tyson (1944)
Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov (1947)
1984 by George Orwell (1949)
The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949)
The Humanoids by Jack Williamson (1949)
Gather, Darkness by Fritz Leiber (1950)
Bandersnatch by T.E. Ryves (1950)
The Great Idea by Henry Hazlitt (1951)
Limbo by Bernard Wolfe (1952)
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (1952)
The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth (1952/1953)
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
"If This Goes On-" by Robert Heinlein (1953)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)
The Pleasure of a Futuroscope by Lord Dunsany (1955)
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett (1955)
Hell's Pavement by Damon Knight (1955)
Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick (1955)
The Bright Phoenix by Harold Mead (1955)
To Live Forever by Jack Vance (1956)
Up Jenkins! by Ronald Hingley (1956)
Doomsday Morning by C.L. Moore (1957)
Mary's Country by Harold Mead (1957)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (1960)
Facial Justice by L.P. Hartley (1960)
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut (1961)
Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye (1961)
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
The Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boule (1963)
Davy by Edgar Pangborn (1964)
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (1966)
The Last Refuge by John Petty (1966)
Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (1967)
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (1968)
The Great Leap Backward by Robert Green (1968)
Armed Camps by Kit Reed (1969)
Binary Divine by Jon Hartridge (1969)
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (1970)
Dance the Eagle to Sleep by Marge Piercy (1970)
Junk Day by Arthur Sellings (1970)
The Bodyguard by Adrian Mitchell (1970)
The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (1971)
The World Inside by Robert Silverberg (1971)
334 by Thomas Disch (1972)
Falk by Keith Hanks (1972)
Malevil by Robert Merle (1972)
The Bridge by D. Keith Mano (1973)
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (1974)
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1975)
The Gamesman by Barry Malzberg (1975)
Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas (1975)
The Tomorrow File by Lawrence Sanders (1975)
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (1976)
Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman (1979)
Arslan by M.J. Engh (1979)
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (1980)
Hello America by J.G. Ballard (1981)
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin (1984)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Dayworld by Philip José Farmer (1985)
The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent (1986)
Ambient by Jack Womack (1987)
Little Heroes by Norman Spinrad (1987)
A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (1987)
Sea of Glass by Barry B. Longyear (1987)
The Gate to Women's Country by Sherri S. Tepper (1988)
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (1988)
Bulldozer Rising by Anna Livia (1988)
Subterranean Gallery by Richard Paul Russo (1989)
Svaha by Charles de Lint (1989)
Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles by Gerald Vizenor (1990)
Give Me Liberty by Frank Miller (1990)
Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand (1990)
Children of Men by P.D. James (1992)
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)
Brother to Dragons by Charles Sheffield (1992)
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (1993)
Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (1994)
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack (1994)
Blindness by José Saramago (1995)
Brute Orbits by George Zebrowski (1998)
Noir by K.W. Jeter (1998)
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (1999)
Jennifer Government by Max Barry (2003)
Maul by Tricia Sullivan (2003)
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya (2003)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
Blind Faith by Ben Elton (2007)
The Guardener's Tale by Bruce Boston (2007)
Caliphate by Tom Kratman
Idlewild by Nick Sagan (2008)




Young Adult Dystopias

1950s
Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (a.k.a. Daybreak, 2250 A.D.) by Andre Norton (1952) [O]
Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson (1952) [O]
The Future Took Us by David Severn (1958) [O]

1960s
The Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle (1962-1989) (dystopian elements) [O] [R]
The City Underground (a.k.a. Surreal 3000) by Suzanne Martel (1964)
The Changes Trilogy by Peter Dickinson (1968-1970) [O]
The Tripods Series by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1968-1988) [O]

1970s
The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1970-1972) [O]
Andra by Louise Lawrence (1971)
The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Engdahl (1971, revised edition 2003) [O]
The Guardians by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1971) [O]
Out There by Adrien Stoutenburg (1971)
Sleep Two, Three, Four! A Political Thriller by John Neufeld (1971)
The Morrow Duology by H.M. Hoover (1973, 1976)
House of Stairs by William Sleator (1974) [O]
Outside by Andre Norton (1974)
Wild Jack by by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1974) [O]
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (1975) [O]
No Night Without Stars by Andre Norton (1975) [O]
Noah's Castle by John Rowe Townsend (1975)
Ransome Revisited and The Travelling Man by Elisabeth Mace (1975, 1976)
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien (1975) [O]
City of Darkness by Ben Bova (1976)
The Missing Person's League by Frank Bonham (1976) [O] [R]
The Pale Invaders by G.R. Kesteven (1976)
Empty World by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1977)
I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier (1977) [O]
The Ennead by Jan Mark (1978) [O]
Keep Calm (a.k.a. When the City Stopped by Joan Phipson (1978)
The Tomorrow City by Monica Hughes (1978)
A Quest for Orion and Tower of the Stars by Rosemary Harris (1978, 1980)
The Awakening Water by G.R. Kesteven (1979)
Dark Wing by Carl West and Katherine MacLean (1979)

1980s
The Creatures (a.k.a. King Creature, Come) by John Rowe Townsend (1980)
A Rag, A Bone, and Hank of Hair by Nicholas Fisk (1980) [O]
Red Zone by Tom Browne (1980)
This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover (1980) [O]
The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh (1981) [O]
The S.I.L.V.E.R. Series by Tanith Lee (1981, 2005) [O 1st]
The Voyage Begun by Nancy Bond (1981) [O]
The Vandal by Ann Schlee (1981) [O]
An Alien Music by Annabel and Edgar Johnson (1982)
The Last Children of Schewenborn (also spelled Schevenborn) by Gudrun Pausewang (1983)
After the Bomb and Week One by Gloria Miklowitz (1984, 1987) [O]
Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells (1984)
The Colsec Series by Douglas Hill (1984-1985)
The Danger Quotient by Annabel and Edgar Johnson (1984)
The Devil on My Back and The Dream Catcher by Monica Hughes (1984, 1986) [O 1st]
Futuretrack 5 by Robert Westall (1984) [O]
Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence (1985)
Earthchange by Clare Cooper (1985)
Strange Tomorrow by Jean E. Karl (1985)
The Winter Trilogy by Pamela F. Service (1985-2008) [O 1st]
The Keeper by Barry Faville (1986)
The Others by Alison Prince (1986)
Taronga by Victor Kelleher (1986) [O]
The Makers by Victor Kelleher (1987)
Orvis (a.k.a. Journey Through the Empty) by H.M. Hoover (1987)
The Sword and the Dream Duology by Janice Elliott (1987, 1988)
The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (1987-2008, ongoing) [O 1st]
Cityscape by Frances Thomas (1988)
Eva by Peter Dickinson (1988)
The Lake at the End of the World by Caroline Macdonald (1988)
Children of Time by Deborah Moulton (1989)
The Glimpses by Laurence Staig (1989)
I Feel Like the Morning Star by Gregory Maguire (1989) [O]
The Last War by Martyn Godfrey (1989)
Plague 99 (a.k.a. Plague) and Come Lucky April (a.k.a. After the Plague) by Jean Ure (1989, 1992) [O 1st]
Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh Scott (1989)

1990s
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes (1990) [O]
Smart Rats by Thomas Baird (1990) [O]
A Time of Darkness by Sherryl Jordan (1990)
The Eye Witness by Caroline Macdonald (1991)
The Crystal Drop by Monica Hughes (1992)
The Dark Future Series by Laurence James (1992)
Dead Water Zone by Kenneth Oppel (1992)
River Rats by Caroline Stevermer (1992) [O]
The Baby and the Fly Pie by Melvin Burgess (1993)
The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry (1993-2004) [O] [R]
The Last Oasis by Sue Pace (1993) [O]
Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (1993)
The Disinherited (a.k.a. The Patchwork People) by Louise Lawrence (1994)
The Electric Kid by Garry Kilworth (1994)
The Parkland Series by Victor Kelleher (1994-1996)
The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden (1994-1999) and The Ellie Chronicles (2003-2006) [O] [R]
The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000) (dystopian elements) [O] [R 1st, 2nd]
Fall-Out by Gudrun Pausewang (1995)
Foundling (a.k.a. Found) by June Oldham (1995) [O]
Galax-Arena and Terra-Farma by Gillian Rubenstein (1995, 2001) [O 1st]
The Time Keeper Trilogy by Barbara Bartholomew (1995)
Waterbound by Jane Stemp (1995)
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (1996) [O] [R]
Cave Rats by Kerry Greenwood (1997)
The Scavenger's Tale by Rachel Anderson (1997) [O]
Shade's Children by Garth Nix (1997) [O]
The Virtual War Chronologs by Gloria Skurzynski (1997-2006)
The Ark Trilogy by Stephanie S. Tolan (1998-ongoing) [O 1st]
Evan's Voice by Sallie Lowenstein (1998)
Forbidden Memories by Jamila Gavin (1998)
Off the Road by Nina Bawden (1998) [O]
Originator by Claire Carmichael (1998)
The Shadow Children Sequence by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998-2006) [O] [R 1st]
Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess (1999, 2005) [O 1st]
The Copper Elephant by Adam Rapp (1999)
The Cure by Sonia Levitin (1999) [O]
Fabricant by Claire Carmichael (1999)
The Hermit Thrush Sings by Susan Butler (1999)
Star Split by Kathryn Lasky (1999) [O]

Contemporary
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (2000) [O]
The Heaven and Earth Trilogy by Richard Harland (2000-2003) [O 1st]
Incognito by Claire Carmichael (2000)
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick (2000) [O]
Songs of Power by Hilari Bell (2000)
The White Fox Chronicles by Gary Paulsen (2000)
Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman (2001)
Memory Boy by Will Weaver (2001) [O]
Mortal Engines Quartet (a.k.a. The Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve (2001-2006) [O 1st]
The Noughts and Crosses Series by Malorie Blackman (2001-2008)
Violet Eyes and Silver Eyes (sequel Angel Eyes pending) by Nicole Luiken (2001)
The Wintering Trilogy by Stephen Bowkett (2001-2002) [O 1st]
Bootleg by Alex Shearer (2002)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (2002) [O] [R]
The Fire-Us Trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher (2002-2003) [O 1st]
Green Boy by Susan Cooper (2002)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2002) [O]
The Books of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (2003-2008, ongoing) [O 1st] [R 1st]
The Silver Sequence by Cliff McNish (2003-2005)
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn (2004) [O]
The Big Empty Series by J.B. Stephens (2004-2005)
Bringing Reuben Home by Glenda Millard (2004)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004) [O] [R]
The Pack by Tom Pow (2004)
Sharp North and Blown Away by Patrick Cave (2004, 2005) [O]
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (2004) [O]
Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed (2004)
The Truesight Trilogy by David Stahler, Jr. (2004-2007) [O 1st]
Useful Idiots by Jan Mark (2004) [O]
The Destiny of Linus Hoppe and The Second Life of Linus Hoppe by Anne-Laure Bondoux (2005)
The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington (2005) [O]
The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin (2005) [O]
Hunted by Alex Shearer (2005) [O]
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy (2005)
Pure by Karen Krossing (2005)
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (2005) [O] [R]
The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton (2005) [O]
Siberia by Ann Halam (2005)
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson (2005) [O]
The Traces Series by Malcolm Rose (2005-2208, ongoing) [O 1st]
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld (2005-2007) [O 1st] [R 1st]
GemX by Nicky Singer (2006) [O]
Ads R Us (a.k.a. Leaving Simplicity) by Claire Carmichael (2006) [O]
The Caretaker Trilogy by David Klass (2006, 2008, ongoing)
Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006, 2008) [O 1st] [R 1st]
Rash by Pete Hautman (2006) [O]
The Six of Hearts Series by Jack Heath (2006-ongoing)
The Declaration and The Resistance by Gemma Malley (2007, 2008) [O] [R 1st]
Escape from Genopolis and Fearless by T.E. Berry-Hart (2007, 2009)
Fearless by Tim Lott (2007) [O]
Hybrids by David Thorpe (2007)
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (2007) [O]
The Inferior by Peadar ó Guilín (2007) [O]
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley (2007) [O]
The Silenced by James DeVita (2007) [O]
Silverhorse by Lene Kaaberbøl (2007)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2007) [O]
The Witness by James Jauncey (2007)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (2008) [O] [R]
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip (2008) [O] [R]
The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd (2008, 2009 forthcoming)
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (2008) [O] [R]
Daylight Runner by Oisín McGann (2008)
Exodus and Zenith by Julie Bertagna (2008, 2009, third book pending) [O 1st]
Gone and Hunger by Michael Grant (2008, 2009) [O 1st]
The Grassland Trilogy by David Ward (2008-ongoing) [O 1st]
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2008, 2009) [O] [R 1st]
In the Company of Whispers by Sallie Lowenstein (2008)
The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book One by Patrick Ness (2008, sequel pending 2009) [O 1st]
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake (2008)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008) [O] [R]
The Lost Art by Simon Morden (2008)
Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin (2008) [O] [R]
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (2008) [O]
Shift by Charlotte Agell (2008) [O]
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (2008) [R]
Truancy and Truancy: Origins by Isamu Fukui (2008, 2009)
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (2009) [O] [R]
The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (2009, 2010 forthcoming) [O 1st] [R 1st]
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2009) [O]
Last Midnight by Parker Peevyhouse (forthcoming in 2009)
Dark Life by Kat Falls (forthcoming in 2010)


Note to self:
[O] = Own
[R] = Read (or Re-read) Recently


And a quote for the day...

"He misses Sirius Black,
And Michael Gambon's acting's crap.
Yeah, this is definitely the year for wizard angst..."

- from "The Year Harry Went Emo" by Peeved

Comments

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eveningblue
Dec. 13th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
wow, fantastic list! I am bookmarking for future reference. My students are reading City of Ember right now and really enjoying it, and I want to keep this list as possibilities for future reading. Thanks!
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I'm so glad it's useful. I just finished City of Ember myself, actually. I need to come sit in on your class! ;)
mackiedockie
Dec. 14th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Have you run across Edgar Pangborn's _Davy_ or his related stories? Although they may count more as post-apocalyptic than dystopian. Or post-apocalyptically dystopian...*g*
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
That's perfect! I've added it to the list and ordered a copy, too - unfortunately, I've never read it, though I should have (but I've read about it). I loved his Mirror for Observers, so I'll look forward to reading this, too. I appreciate it!
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