What are your favorite dystopian novels? Any books you would like to recommend to fellow nerdfighters who love that genre?
I would have to pick 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, The Hunger Games, and The Giver as some of my favorites. Brave New World and Never Let Me Go are two books I'm looking forward to reading in the future.
Personal fave dystopian novels
When I was researching/writing for my novel The A-Men, I read a lot of dystopian stories to get just the right balance of future world and collapsing society. I wanted to use the trope of the main character entering a riot-torn corporate-run city while mixing this with strong fantasy elements/stories.
Gibson was an early influence for me... but the final list included:
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Mona Lisa Overdrive
Perdido Street Station*
The Running Man
The Children of Men
The ones with asterisks are my personal favourites.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned A Clockwork Orange yet. Although that is definitely not my favorite dystopian novel, it had a great impact on me.
Also, is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest a dystopian novel? It doesn't involve the creation of an entire future, but the psych ward has a few futuristic qualities to it. And it deals with the same issues as a lot of dystopian novels.