- Book recommendations – Dystonian Future and all that
So after stumbling on this guy – Simon Stålenhag
and his art:
The notion of the future where everything is pretty much the same except for the robots and stuff, It popped the idea of a book suggestion if anyone had one. Dystopian futures and all that. I was looking at:
But i wasn’t sure if it would be a bit twee and “Twilight teenage fiction” for a grumpy old git like mePosted 2 years ago
Future? Alternative? Dystopian? All of the above. Sort of. Interesting, clever, funny stuff though.
Also, I like the idea of a Dysonian future, where vacuums rule the world! 😀Posted 2 years ago
Loads out there.
Gibsons works are pretty dystopian. Philip K dick?Posted 2 years ago
Ready Player One is very, er, one-dimensional. I’d give it a miss.Posted 2 years ago
The Circle by Dave Eggers is a decent dystopian novel – although a different flavour to what you’re talking about. Basically what awaits us if facebook and google keep up all their good work – privacy is banned.
There was a film made of it this year, but reviews I read suggested it was poor.Posted 2 years ago
And if you want a bit of light reading after all that i recommend Hunter S Thompson for the machinanations of our current situation, yeah, I know he blew the back of his head off 12 odd years ago but his writings are just as relevant to our current situation.Posted 2 years ago
Keeping it the same except adding robots doesn’t really get you dystopia. Not sure it has a catchy name actually! Dysapointia?
Often older scifi gets you that sort of “add one scifi element without really futurising the whole world” thing, whereas modern scifi tends to want to do full world building. Asimov’s I, Robot (nothing like the film!) is quite like this, lots of thinking about robots but it all feels like it’s set in a 1980s insurance office, could be ideal for you. Dated but in a good way.Posted 2 years ago
You’ve read “Brave New World” ?Posted 2 years ago
Ready player one is good fun, but the back ground is soon ignored for the rip roaring 80’s nostalgia.
Bit darker all for different reasons are, huge howeys Wool trilogy, Richard Matherson’s I am legend*, Worldwar Z*, R. Morgan’s Altered Carbon trilogy, and I like the little known Edward W. Robertson, his Breaker series is unusual & different
*if you’ve seen the films, forget their stories, the books are completely different..Posted 2 years ago
Jg ballards stuff is ace (older is better than new stuff)
Michael marshall Smith
Mieville is more alternate that dystopian
And well it’s kinda dystopian Iain m banks culture stuff or Reynolds revelation space seriesPosted 2 years ago
Margaret Atwood?Posted 2 years ago
Davesport – Member
You’ve read “Brave New World” ?
If not, please do so. Now.Posted 2 years ago
to add to the above, some random dystopias I have enjoyed….
Vurt – Jeff Noon
Book of Dave – Will Self
Plot Against America – Philip Roth
New York 2140 -Kim Stanley Robinson
though some may say more than one of these are stretching the definition.Posted 2 years ago
Ready Player One, reads like it was written by a teenage, 80s, computer/DnD nerd for teenage, 80s, computer/DnD nerds.Posted 2 years ago
I liked it.
Edit: I never played Dungeons and Dragons or ran a linux OS.
HG Wells “The Time Machine”
We’re almost there…Posted 2 years ago
vinnyeh – Member
Vurt – Jeff Noon
Is Vurt a dystopia? I went to Manchester once, it’s exactly like in the book except it’s easier to get the mind altering substances in real life, and there seemed to be more human/dog crossbreeds than in the novelPosted 2 years ago
Metrophage by Richard Kadrey is worth a go.Posted 2 years ago
Try The Last Policeman. And if you like it, it’s one in a trilogy so more where that came from…Posted 2 years ago
Second for Shades Of Grey, Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy and Wool Trilogy. Old man’s war series is decent too.Posted 2 years ago
The Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey.
The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.
Both pretty bleak, of the two Wool is very much more readable, straightforward and accessible , the Southern Reach Trilogy however, is genuinely weird. His style is very Thoreau, (some have compared his writing to Hemingway also) so be warned, but there’s a unique bit of writing in amongst all the adjectives 😆Posted 2 years ago
Posted in errorPosted 2 years ago
CFH sed > Also, I like the idea of a Dysonian future, where vacuums rule the world!
Or possibly in reference to Freeman Dyson, post-techno-utopia collapse.
Echo what’s been said about Ballard, Gibson and Dick are great but write less about demolished civilization. Poss look at Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker or go hardcore with Krasznahorkai’s Satantango. Failing that there’s the recent Tory manifesto.Posted 2 years ago
Wait up, OP’s typo was “dystonian” not dysonian. I can only think of the one Tony capable of destroying civilizations.Posted 2 years ago
The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.
Second this, and also his earlier book “Finch”. Very weird, but really sticks with you.
China Mielville is also a great writer, again strays from “everything the same but robots”.Posted 2 years ago
I enjoyed Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon Trilogy (Takeshi Kovak), along with Black Man (same author).
Not sure I’ve read many books that can truly be decribed as Dystopian in theme though, more alternative history stuff, so I’ll be trying out some of the above recommendations.Posted 2 years ago
Boba fett, thanks for the heads up on Simon Stalenhag, his stuff looks great.Posted 2 years ago
OP, you may also like mr_werewolf on instagram
And if you want a bit of light reading after all that i recommend Hunter S Thompson for the machinanations of our current situation, yeah, I know he blew the back of his head off 12 odd years ago but his writings are just as relevant to our current situation.
I wish he was still alive to write about what is going on today!Posted 2 years ago
Not Dystopian? as such, but The Day of the Triffids and The Chysalids by Wyndham. Two of my favourite novels.Posted 2 years ago
Neal Stephenson – Diamond Age & Snow Crash.Posted 2 years ago
William Gibson – early sprawl stuff was great and his latest The Peripheral is a real return to form.
Margaret Atwood – specifically Oryx & Crake , The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam
Naomi Alderman – The Power – quite an incredible book
Philip K Dick – the main in the high castle
Paolo Bacigalupi – The Windup Girl
Bit of light holiday reading…Posted 2 years ago
Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker is superb – a post-science, reverted to folklore sort of a future world. Highly recommended. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Lucifer’s Hammer is completely different but a good, sometimes horrifying yarn. Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is an intriguing story too – very worthwhile. None of these have robots though, so you might not like them 🙂 I could go on all day; The Death of Grass, The Road (obvs), The Book of Dave, On the Beach etc. Actually, none of them have robots either…Posted 2 years ago
I spotted this while browsing in Waterstones the other day:Posted 2 years ago
Set 700 years after Germany won WW2, and Hitler is worshiped as a god.
Actually written by Katharine Burdekin, first published in 1937!
Farnhams Freehold by Robert HeinleinPosted 2 years ago
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