Are we living through a F 451-type scenario?
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My reading project this year has been reading books with elderly (well, over 50) protagonists.
You would think that that age group, facing a crisis in elder care, rising medical costs, and less retirement savings, would make for a some great dystopians.
So where are they? I did read one by Anthony Trollope (the Victorian writer), The Fixed Period. Not very good, but interesting premise in which a utopian society decides everybody over 50 needs to go.
Same premise for absolutely great dystopian by Ninni Holmquist, The Unit.
Similar premise in Make Room! Make Room!, aka "Soylent Green," and the Christopher Buckley's Boomsday, about "incentivizing" Baby Boomers to off themselves.
And am I calmed by the mushroom cloud on your profile pic?
Anyhoo, the last three people on earth kill each other squabbling over the merits of the selections in a "100 best" list ... Sounds like a great story premise. Chuck Heston pounding the sand at the end:
"God damn them all to hell! It was too American-centric! Why couldn't they see it? WHYYYYY? ?"
Hey, can I borrow a cup of sugar? I’ve been making strikes on the wall, and today is Day 1000, so I’m baking a cake -
There is no sugar.
We got eggs, maybe some corn or oatmeal, a bit of honey or maple syrup, seeds, some lard if we've decided to eat animals, and salt if we live near the ocean. You might have to settle for baking some type of cracker or flatbread.
It'd be John Hurt lamenting at the end of my film.
It was merely an observation that some more worthy titles might have been included by casting the net a little wider - Karel Čapek, perhaps, or Ferenc Karinthy, Georges Perec's 'W, or the Memory of Childhood' or Jan Morris's 'Hav of the Myrmidons'...
Like most books about Wales, Morris's gets for a bit too lost in the mist for my taste. But the Welsh have been telling entertaining lies since Geoffrey of Monmouth, and my grandmother (Tudors and Hugheses on her side) actually belonged to a Liar's Club and won prizes. Plus, as Oscar Wilde said, all literature is lies.
I digress, of course, but what do we do after an apocalypse but tell stories?
The books of Morris's that I've mentioned are works of the imagination, and that includes the one on Trieste, which I absolutely loved.
Someday I'll get back to the audio "Great Courses" course on Dystopian Lit.
Thanks for the list, nohrt4me2, and thanks to others for listing books you've read recently. There are several I want to read.
Books I've read this year that could probably be considered dystopian:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - post-apocolyptic, good read
Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler - some uncanny coincidences with Trump's America, including the "Make America Great Again" slogan and rise of white nationalists
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - uh, I shouldered through this one. Too much teenager voice and unnecessary expletives in this book.
The Genius Plague by David Walton - not sure if this qualifies. It's futuristic and a bit scary.
Retrograde by Peter Cawdron - takes place on Mars, which I think most people would immediately associate with Sci-Fi and not dystopian, but it deals with what is happening on Earth in a near future.