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100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction1 min read

Vulture compiled a fantastic list of  100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction, “tales about a world gone wrong”.

Stand out entries on the list include some of the earliest examples of dystopian fiction like Mary Shelley’s  The Last Man  and  The Time Machine  by H.G. Wells. There are classics like Huxley’s  Brave New World  and  1984  and modern classics like  Snow Crash  by Neal Stephenson and William Gibson’s  Neuromancer.  There are also some newer books I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading like  On Such a Full Sea  by Chang-Rae Lee and  A Planet for Rent  by Cuban author Yoss.

One of the selections  It Can’t Happen Here, a 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis seems particularly relevant today, some even say it predicted the coming of the current U.S. President:

As the old saying goes, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme” – and Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here is proof. This 1935 satire chronicles the career of fictitious U.S. politician Buzz Windrip, a populist senator who wins the presidency. As it turns out, he’s a bit of a fascist, but more frightening than his actions is the speed – and eagerness – with which Americans join him in his authoritarian crusade. Lewis understood the American soul better than most, and he makes a compelling case that fascist tendencies would make a horrifyingly good fit for our polity if presented with the right amount of good, old-fashioned patriotism.

It reminds me a bit of this great  anti-fascist short-film produced by US Military in the wake of WWII, titled  Don’t Be a Sucker:

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