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Happy birthday, Yevgeny Zamyatin!

Happy birthday to the father of modern dystopian fiction, Yevgeny Zamyatin (1 February, 1884 – 10 March, 1937)!

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“It is said there are flowers that bloom only once in a hundred years. Why should there not be some that bloom once in a thousand, in ten thousand years? Perhaps we never know about them simply because this 'once in a thousand years' has come today.”
― Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1924)

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Happy birthday also to time_shark, and happy early birthday to alitalf, mayree, infostudent, akaihyo, vonjunzt, wiredwizard, moglaikhan, griffith_gwyn, mr_earbrass, mollypunkin, cookiefleck, firiath, nihilistic_kid, alicia_stardust, ankh_hpl, dqg_neal, xerum525, homespunheart, jagash, settiai, rosamundeb, and kalquessa. May you enjoy many happy returns of the day, my friends!

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sittingduck1313
Feb. 1st, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
I came across this interesting little thought regarding trends in dystopian fiction. Older stories like 1984, Brazil, Soylent Green et al present their dark futures as something irreversible, with the message of, "Don't let this happen!" More modern dystopian works frequently end with the antagonistic regime being overthrown, with the (possibly unintended) message being, "Don't worry about this coming about. Let you descendants deal with it."
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 11th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
Good point about the whole "let the next generation deal with it" vibe! A rather disturbing trend, if you think about it...
time_shark
Feb. 1st, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Amy!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 11th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D
settiai
Feb. 2nd, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 11th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
wiredwizard
Feb. 20th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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