With submissions pouring in for our upcoming Dystopia from the Rock anthology, we thought it would be a great time to ask our existing stable of novelists: what are your favorite Dystopian novels?
Ellen Curtis, author of Infinity and From the Rock editor: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, because it showcases how society struggles against willful ignorance and vice when those are presented as the easy options. Other recommended content: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for one of the most chilling pieces of dystopian writing, and Stepford Wives, because f**k man, striving for utopia in tiny doses is still terrifying. Continue reading What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors
This week, Engen Books announced its 2019 call for submissions and focused in on Dystopia as the genre of choice for their anthology collection. As Dystopia is slightly separate from the ‘Big Three’ genres we’ve explored to far (Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror), we thought it would be appropriate to ask the question: “What is Dystopia?”
The word Dystopia comes from Greek heritage, where it means a society or community that is undesirable or frightening. Directly translated it means ‘not a good place’ and is used as an opposite for Utopia. In fact, many successful Dystopian stories use elements of both Utopia and Dystopia, in which a seemingly-Utopian society is revealed to be Dystopian for those of a lesser class. For a great example of this, see the 2005 Micheal Bay film, The Island description.
Dystopian stories are often allegorical. They have a hard time not being so, as depicting what we imagine to be a troubled future cannot help but have some reflection on how the author — and the reader — views the present. Dystopian novels seem to often start with the goal of answering the question: “If we continue down X path, how bad could things get?” A common hallmark of dystopian stories is that often enough time has passed that the protagonists cannot directly remember what the world was like before or were not present for the changed, making a society so different from our own that it may as well be alien.
Continue reading for some great examples to read to prep for writing your own Dystopian epic!
Continue reading “What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock
Over the last three years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting.
And this year, we’re doing it again! Continue reading Call for Dystopian Submissions!
Written by Sam Bauer, special to Other Indie.
The end of our world fascinates us. From Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology, to the groundbreaking 1984 by George Orwell, to the more modern Hunger Games and Maze Runner, not to mention countless disaster movies, TV shows and video games. It is enough to make one sick of dystopia, groan at zombies, and run screaming from a nuclear or biological holocaust. (Though I must admit, I do the last one on basic principle.) Indeed, it is rare for me to find a dystopic or apocalyptic novel that I enjoy.
But, as the more astute of you have already guessed, I have found a rarity. Its name is Flight or Fight, a 2016 cyberpunk satire written by Scott Bartlett and published by Mirth Publishing.
Continue reading Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett | Other Indie