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1redroc
Abr 21, 2010, 9:21am

Top ten dystopian?

I’ve recently re-discovered my interest in all things dystopian/post apocalyptic, I know there is an excellent dystopian classics thread but I thought it would be fun to see what the group consider to be the best dystopian novels, below I’ve listed mine, pretty much all well known within the genre. I have yet to really scratch the surface of this genre so if there any glaring omissions it’s because I haven’t got around to reading them or not heard of them! (Currently reading Oryx & Crake).

To create a top 10 if each book is award 10 points for 1st place to 1 point for 10th after a month or so we will have a definitive group list! Obviously the boundaries of what is and isn’t strictly dystopian vary, I’ve included post apocalyptic and a zombie horror. By best I mean what I enjoy to read and re-read, not necessarily acclaimed, for example I’ve read A Canticle for Liebowitz, I found it in parts excellent and in others a tad repetitive, so it didn’t make my list. If no one else votes then this is it!!!

1. 1984
2. Brave New World
3. Children of Men
4. The Handmaids Tale
5. Clockwork Orange
6. Fahrenheit 451
7. Earth Abides
8. I am Legend
9. The Road
10. Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep

2Nickelini
Abr 21, 2010, 10:40am

I agree the Nineteen Eighty-four should top the list. Another favourite of my is Bend Sinister, by Nabokov. Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro) is good too.

3goddesspt2
Abr 21, 2010, 12:26pm

I enjoyed Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven. The first 100 pages were serious character development but after you reached that stage, it was a can't put down until the end.

4LamSon
Abr 21, 2010, 10:20pm

5geitebukkeskjegg
Abr 22, 2010, 9:39am

6SusieBookworm
Abr 23, 2010, 5:49pm

I second Animal Farm and Brave New World as two of the best, and Ape and Essence is good, too, as well as Player Piano and The Sleeper Awakes.

I disliked 1984. It seemed completely unrealistic to me that the dystopia could be created in such a short time and that it could possibly last. The third section of the book was the only part that I liked.

7roundballnz
Abr 23, 2010, 5:56pm

Just about to start Metro 2033 which has all the possibilities of hitting a top 10 list but we will see ... seeing 1984 here makes me want to go back & read it again

8_Zoe_
Abr 23, 2010, 9:57pm

I don't actually think I can come up with ten right now that deserve to be on a "best" list. Here's three to start:

1. The Giver (surprised that this hasn't made an appearance yet)
2. Brave New World
3. Never Let Me Go

I deliberately exclude Fahrenheit 451, because I found that once I knew the premise the actual telling of the story didn't add anything. And I somewhat reluctantly leave out 1984 as well; I can't quite forgive it for including a massive info-dump rather than fitting the politics into the story in a natural way.

9redroc
Abr 25, 2010, 8:00am

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10redroc
Abr 25, 2010, 8:17am

Looking forward to Metro 2033, will be interested to know whether its worth putting on my TBR. As 1984 was my first dystopian read back in, er...1984, it will always be my number 1.

11SusieBookworm
Abr 29, 2010, 11:36am

I also nominate It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.

12wayani
May 1, 2010, 11:18am

I would have to put In the Garden of Dead Cars up there for one of my favorite dystopian novels, ever. It isn't in print anymore, I don't think, and someone suggested it to me after I raved about Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to them. I bought it off of eBay for $2 and some change. I read it in about 4 hours, but I really did enjoy it.

13drdawnffl
May 1, 2010, 8:34pm

I vote for Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut.

14ecureuil
Editado: Jun 2, 2010, 10:57am

I really liked The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Strange that no one mentioned it so far!

15sanddancer
Jun 2, 2010, 11:15am

Highly subjective, but these are my favourites.

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
4. Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5. 1984 by George Orwell
6. Chrysalids by John Wyndham
7. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
8.Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
9. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
10. The Declaration by Gemma Malley

I also quite liked The Giver and We was ok, but I was unimpressed by Fahrenheit 451.

16MikeBriggs
Editado: Jun 2, 2010, 2:19pm

01. Central Heat by David Dvorkin*
01. Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber *
03. The Postman by David Brin *
04. The Black Shields by John Maddox Roberts *
05. The Islander by John Maddox Roberts *
06. High Rise by J.G. Ballard
06. The Long Walk by Stephen King
08. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
08. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling *

* - post-apocalyptic

Apparently I like books written by people whose first name is David. Also, male authors all.

17socialpages
Jun 2, 2010, 6:20pm

I'm in no way an expert in this genre, but my favourites are:

1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
4. The Road by Cormac Mc
5. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. 1984 by George Orwell
8. The Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

18stellarexplorer
Jun 5, 2010, 2:51am

In no particular order, and I'm afraid most of mine are post-apocalyptic:

On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Emergence by David R. Palmer
The Year Of The Quiet Sun by Wilson Tucker
The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
A Boy and his Dog by Harlan Ellison
Earth Abides by George Steward
The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard
No Blade of Grass by John Christopher
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Arslan by M.J. Engh

19nohrt4me2
Jun 13, 2010, 9:28pm

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist is on my list that hasn't been mentioned here.

20midikiman
Jun 23, 2010, 7:05pm

Stand on Zanzibar has always been one of my favorite dystopias, although the presentation is a little dated now, and I'm inordinately fond of Hell's Pavement.