Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Dystopian Novels Revisited (Recommendations Requested!)

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for young adult dystopian novels. I am going through the recommendations, and I'll post a list of all the titles soon.

In the meantime, I've put together a list of mainstream adult (that is, non-YA) dystopian novels.

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 three short stories onto the list, because I couldn't help myself.

Paris in the 20th Century by Jules Verne (1863/1994)
Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly (1890)
The Iron Heel by Jack London (1908)
"The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster (1909)
The Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells (1910)
The Flying Inn by G.K. Chesterton (1914)
The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens (1919)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921)
Paradise and Iron by Miles J. Breuer (1930)
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin (1937)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (1938)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov (1947)
1984 by George Orwell (1949)
Gather, Darkness by Fritz Leiber (1950)
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)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (1960)
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut (1961)
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
The Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boule (1963)
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (1966)
Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (1967)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968)
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (1968)
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (1970)
The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (1971)
The World Inside by Robert Silverberg (1971)
334 by Thomas Disch (1972)
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (1974)
Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman (1979)
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (1980)
Hello America by J.G. Ballard (1981)
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Dayworld by Philip José Farmer (1985)
The Gate to Women's Country by Sherri S. Tepper (1988)
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (1988)
Give Me Liberty by Frank Miller (1990)
Children of Men by P.D. James (1992)
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (1993)
Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (1994)
Blindness by José Saramago (1995)
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (1999)
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)

I realized that these aren't the only dystopias out there. What good dystopian novels am I missing, to complete a list of the "must read" works in the genre? Thanks for your recommendations!

And a quote for the day:

The Collected Work of Isaac Asimov (Ultra Condensed)
Stock Asimov Character #1:
I'm a suave, witty, brilliant, good-looking scientist. I am everything Asimov thought he was.
Stock Asimov Character #2:
I am the same, except the opposite sex.
Stock Asimov Character #1:
Great! Let's do some science stuff, save the world, and make out.
(They do.)
- from Book-A-Minute SF/F
Tags: dystopias, genre literature, sf

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