Dystopian Books

Dystopian books are believed to be a linear extrapolation into a possible future world to illustrate contemporary problems. By using high levels of exaggeration they make certain relevant aspects visible. They filter the consequences of technological, ideological or administrative developments and project them into an anticipated dystopian future. But they are less concerned about the future itself than about the current path contemporary societies are following. Therefore the place such a book takes place has not necessarily to be the future as it can also happen within a fictional world in the past or present. A dystopia becomes lindy when it achieves to capture the zeitgeist of the historical period and at least some of the depicted dystopian elements remain relevant in the future. Dystopias are more lindy than utopias because they follow via negativa and concentrate on aspects that don't work, rather than telling you how a better world should look like.


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