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message 1: by Marsee, Program Manager for O'Reilly Media (last edited Mar 19, 2020 02:21PM) (new)

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I figure quite a few of us (ok, most of us) are science fiction readers. What dystopian novel do you feel like we're living right now? Mine is "The Machine Stops" by EM Forster https://www.wired.com/2010/11/1101em-...

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Thomas (tlockney) | 2 comments It's not necessarily always lumped into the dystopian bucket, but Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space and the rest of that series easily top my list. It leans more heavily in the hard sci-fi direction, though, but the setting is definitely a dystopian future.

Beyond that, I'd say either Neal Stephenson's Anathem or Walter M. Miller Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz.

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Kathy Yu | 1 comments 1984 is still the one to beat for me—I re-read it last year and was haunted by the believable (and devastating) world-building and how humanistic/relatable Winston's character was. I have to check out "The Machine Stops" - had no idea EM Forster had a futuristic novel like this. I'll also check out the Alastair Reynold series; thanks for the recommendations.

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