of or pertaining to a dystopia n. 2
Proteus, like many a dystopian hero before him, becomes increasingly uneasy about the elite to which he belongs and eventually winds up involved in an attempt to overthrow it.
This worst-case scenario for a future Australia evokes most of our dystopian dreads.
There were utopian and dystopian visions, pessimistic as well as optimistic views of the future.
Certainly the strongly overt messages of '70’s feminist SF and the feminist utopian/dystopian novels of the '80’s represented clear trends.
Even in the darkest dystopian science fiction stories, there is hope for the future.
I conceived a dystopian novel about the problem of human aggression.
Paul J. McAuley delivered Whole Wide World, ‘a crime novel about ultrasurveillance and cybersex [with] a thread of dystopian SF running through it’.
Alec arrives in a huge hall where all the children are tested and then assigned the career roles they will adopt in life. It’s a classic dystopian SF situation.
Aside from the frustrating needs of the body, you could live your entire life there. Your home, your work, your learning, your life could be in the Space. The only thing it didn’t have...and I wasn’t sure if this was good (because it meant people would have to leave) or deeply dystopian (because I’m not sure if they would) was social interaction.
Damon Knight in 'Science Fiction Adventures'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1962
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