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Happy Tuesday! I have a few links to share:

TV and Film

* io9 lists "The 45 Coolest Moments in Doctor Who's History."

* It Doesn't Have to Be Right lists "Top Ten Obscure SF Films." (Some of these were new to me. I'm not as enthusiastic about Natural City, but I recommend Until the End of the World.)


* From Joseph Bottum of First Things: "Children's Books, Lost and Found."

* From Jill Lepore of The New Yorker: "The Lion and the Mouse: The Battle that Reshaped Children's Literature."

* Also, I have updated my working lists of dystopian fiction. Recommendations and suggestions are welcome!

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)
"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)
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)
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)
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 Humanoids by Jack Williamson (1949)
Gather, Darkness by Fritz Leiber (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)
Doomsday Morning by C.L. Moore (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)
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (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)
The Bridge by D. Keith Mano (1973)
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (1974)
Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas (1975)
The Tomorrow File by Lawrence Sanders (1975)
Solution Three by Naomi Mitchison (1975)
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)
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)
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)
Idlewild by Nick Sagan (2008)

Recommended Young Adult Dystopias

Bad Faith by Gillian Philip
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
The Books of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Engdahl
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Fire-Us Trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher
The Future Took Us by David Severn
Futuretrack 5 by Robert Westall
The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
House of Stairs by William Sleator
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Missing Person's League by Frank Bonham
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Rash by Pete Hautman
The Shadow Children Sequence by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White
The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton
Sharp North and Blown Away by Patrick Cave
The Silenced by James DeVita
Smart Rats by Thomas Baird
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson
The Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle (dystopian elements)
The Tripods Series by Samuel Youd
The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
The Vandal by Ann Schlee
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

And a quote for the day:

The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White (Ultra Condensed)
Merlyn: You're not going to die yet, Arthur. I still have to teach you that war is bad, governments are wrong, and people are dumb brutes.
(He does.)
- from Book-A-Minute SF/F


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Nov. 25th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
The Hunger Games looks fascinating! I hadn't heard of that one. Thank you so much for the heads up. I've just added it to my list.

Nov. 25th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yay for this list! I love dystopian novels but have read so few. I just finished We and am starting Brave New World.
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the list is useful to you! :) Happy Huxley reading.
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Hello! I just wanted to tell you "Happy Birthday" for tomorrow!
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I appreciate it. :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Though it's probably better known as the movie starring Charlton Heston, Soylent Green by Harry Harrison would certainly qualify as a dystopia. Mind you I only know it by reputation so can't say if it's actually good.

As for obscure SF movies, oddly enough last night I watched a Japanese production called Gunhed. It has this fakey-looking yet kind of kewl look to the production values that you only really get with films from the Eighties. The best part is a giant robot (keep in mind this was live action and not anime) that could be fueled with whiskey. Now if only it had said, "Bite my shiny metal arse."
Dec. 3rd, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Oooh, I haven't heard of Gunhead before. *makes note*

Now if only it had said, "Bite my shiny metal arse."


I'm going to have to check this out. Definitely. Thanks for the rec!

I loved the film Soylent Green. If I had a dime for every "[Fill in the Blank with your Noun of Choice] Is People!" joke I've heard... Do you recall that in Millennium, "Soylent Green is People" was Frank Black's security code for his computer? I can't believe I remember that, but I do. *headdesk* I was thinking Harrison's book version was Make Room! Make Room! Does that sound right?
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
BTW that was not a typo. The title is actually spelled Gunhed, so you'll get nothing but frustration if you try looking up Gunhead.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
D'Oh! Thanks for the catch. I didn't even realize I'd typed that. Gunhed it is. *makes note*
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