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‘Blessed be the fruit’ – so goes the standard greeting in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which has recently been adapted for television with the final episode airing the UK this weekend. Living in a post-apocalyptic, authoritarian society in which birth rates have fallen to almost nothing, fertile women – or ‘handmaids’ – are assigned […]more
Aldous Huxley, born on the 26th of July, 1894, is best remembered for the science fiction work Brave New World. Although Brave New World is considered one of the great works of dystopian fiction, its 1932 publication sets it long before the popularity of the term ‘dystopia’ (John Stuart Mill did use the noun ‘dys-topians’ […]more
George Orwell, who was born on the 25th of June, 1903, has never really fallen out favour with the reading public, but all the same his work is enjoying renewed interest at the moment. This is hardly surprising when you consider the adjective to which he lent his name: ‘Orwellian’, defined by the Oxford English […]more
In 1962, along came a shocking novel called A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, famously turned into a disturbing 1971 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. His dystopian novel, set sometime in the near-future, tells the story of teenage anti-hero Alex and his gang of friends, and their violent escapades. Tea-drinking and toast-munching Or put another way, […]more