View Full Version : Best - Dystopian Books

David G
04-17-2010, 01:56 AM

Captain Intrepid
04-17-2010, 03:54 AM
I would argue for Fahrenheit 451 to rate even higher. The other books are good too, but I haven't yet found a writer who writes prose even half as beautifully as Ray Bradbury. His use of language is to me halfway between prose and poetry, and unreservedly flowing and readable.

04-17-2010, 04:16 AM
I'd add Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake to this list. It's about corporate greed and technology run amok in a divided society.

04-17-2010, 05:12 AM
I've only read about half of that list....that's a good thing, right?

When I was scrolling through it I started to think he must have left Neal Stephenson off and I was wondering why........

James McMullen
04-17-2010, 09:26 AM
The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys (http://www.amazon.com/Last-Stand-Cowboys-Mick-Farren/dp/0345358082) by Mick Farren. Delightfully disturbing.

Keith Wilson
04-17-2010, 09:56 AM
I wouldn't say A Canticle For Leibowitz belongs on the list at all. It's an absolutley wonderful book, but not really dystopian.

04-17-2010, 09:30 PM
Right-o. I think dystopian and post-apocalyptic are distinct genres.

Dystopian is early- to mid-collapse.

A Canticle for Liebowitz is great. But my favorite post-apocalyptic novel is Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.

04-18-2010, 07:28 AM
There's a couple of books I've read where a dystopia is prominently featured but no apocalypse.

Winter Flight - Joseph Bayly - a cautionary tale for today.

Mysterium - Robert Charles Wilson - http://www.amazon.com/Mysterium-Robert-Charles-Wilson/dp/0553569538

Keith Wilson
04-18-2010, 08:58 AM
I think dystopian and post-apocalyptic are distinct genres. Right; quite distinct Dystopian is a world you sure as hell wouldn't want to live in; 1984 is the classic example. Post-apocalyptic books can be rather sunny, although many aren't. On of the best of that genre is Ursula K. LeGuin's Always Coming Home, quite an extraordinary book, if odd.

04-18-2010, 09:34 AM
I think of "dystopian" as anti-utopian, rather than post-apocalyptic. A work could be both, of course. Fahrenheit 451 an example of the first, A Canticle for Leibowitz the second, and Jonathan Lethem's Amnesia Moon is both.