- Book recommendations – Dystonian Future and all that
- Boba FattMember
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 agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
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 agosomafunkSubscriber
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 agoNorthwindSubscriber
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 agoz1ppyMember
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 agonickcSubscriber
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 agowordnumbMember
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 agoscc999Subscriber
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 agobigjimSubscriber
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 agoslackboySubscriber
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 Girluser-removedMember
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 agoCountZeroMember
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!
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