Dystopian literature: a list

1984 by George Orwell

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Angelwings and Finerthings by Paul M. Jessup

Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (This could perhaps be considered a utopia, as the people in that society are certainly happy, but it is more generally regarded by critics as a dystopian satire, as they actually have no choice in whether they are happy or not.)

The Children of Men by P.D. James

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Doc and Fluff by Pat Califia

Die Andere Seite by Alfred Kubin

The Domination by S. M. Stirling

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A Friend of the Earth by T. C. Boyle.

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Again, perhaps a Utopia, however it is at a cost)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

The Iron Heel by Jack London

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Kallocain by Karin Boye

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (an example of a dystopia that takes place in the present)

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Running Man by Richard Bachman, a pseudonym for Stephen King.

The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

Time out of Joint by Philip K. Dick

Tl?Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges

Triage by Leonard Lewin

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut


Source: Nationmaster

2 Responses to Dystopian literature: a list

  1. Heen says:

    Sheen and I feel you are overlooking the area of dystopian blogs. You are so twentieth century!

  2. Hank says:

    Well, that’s a start. Check out my blog for a longer list and some reviews.

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