Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mad Max

Film * George Miller * Australian Dystopia * 1979 Synopsis In the interest of full disclosure, I will describe the writing process of this particular article. I watched this movie for the first time this last summer. At the time … Continue reading

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The Dying Earth

Novel * Jack Vance * The Earth, It’s Dying * 1950 Synopsis Um… I’m not really sure what just happened here. First of all, The Dying Earth is less a novel than a collection of five short stories that take … Continue reading

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Beyond Good and Evil

Game * Michel Ancel * Whimsical Dystopia * 2003 Synopsis First the good news: this game has very little to do with Friedrich Nietzsche’s dreary 1886 treatise on relative morality. You know, I say that having read it once about … Continue reading

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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Novel * Stephen King * Sadness, Pathos, and Despair * 1997 Synopsis After sitting on just the worst cliff-hanger for six… freaking… years, Wizard and Glass was a bit of a disappointment at first. In retrospect, I set myself up … Continue reading

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Adventure Time: Season Two

Television * Pendleton Ward * Whimsical Post-Apocalypse * 2010 Synopsis The second season of Adventure Time is a season of growth and evolution. Whereas the first season is bright and new and fun, the characters are still a little brash … Continue reading

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Novel * Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka * Post-Nuclear * 1984 Synopsis Warday is a novel written from the perspective of two survivors of a limited nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, which was to take … Continue reading

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Film * Fritz Lang * Dystopia? * 1927 Synopsis Hoo boy, here we go. First, let me begin with a disclaimer. When I sit down to write these articles up, I don’t tend to do any secondary readings to supplement … Continue reading

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Novel *Yevgeny Zamyatin * O.G. Dystopia * 1924 Synopsis We, a strange Russian contribution to early 20th century science fiction, is arguably the first instance of what most people would consider a dystopia. In its rawest form, a dystopia is … Continue reading

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