Fiction

Often the most effective means of presenting the ideas of personal freedom and the perils of collectivism can be found in science fiction as well as allegorical or dystopian novels and films. Here you will find a listing of some of the best, along with links to get yourself a copy.

You will also find, in the menu, links to our own works in progress, largely on these same themes. Feel free to offer comments and suggestions.

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Zamyatin’s work deserves more note than it currently gets but, like much science fiction from the distant past, the story appears dated to modern readers. Regardless, this early work was influential on such writers as Orwell, Rand and Huxley.

1984 – George Orwell
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Perhaps the most prescient of the futurists, Orwell seemed to be writing an instruction manual for our current world. With mass surveillance, media manipulation and “newspeak” political correctness, the world inches ever closer to Orwell’s nightmare.

Brave New World – Aldus Huxley
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One of the best known utopian works, Huxley paints a dismal vision of cradle to grave or, in this case, incubator to grave social engineering on a global scale. The use of a personality leveling drugs seems to foretell the widespread use of mood leveling, anxiety and anti-depressant medications of today. As is the case with most of these works, the spirit of individualism continues to work against the grain of central planning.

The Great Explosion – Eric Frank Russell
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Animal Farm – George Orwell
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Orwell’s masterful allegory exposes collectivist thought for all of its failings. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” a phrase which should echo in everyone’s mind when witnessing the excused abuses of the powerful today, largely sums up the belief that elite leadership is necessary to ensure equality for all, an obviously contradictory statement.

This Perfect Day – Ira Levin
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A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
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Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
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The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
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Logan’s Run – William F Nolan
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V for Vendetta – Alan Moore
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I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
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Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) – Philip K Dick
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The Matrix
Comics Vol 1 (Amazon)Comics Vol 2 (Amazon)Amazon DVD box set

Anthem – Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
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The Running Man – Richard Bachman
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Stephen King, as Bachman, envisioned a world of violence and corporatism. While the latter exists today, the idea of a violent future for man without state rule belies both logic and history. The greatest violence in the history of man has been committed by states against individuals.

They Live – John Carpenter
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Many dystopian works attempt to portray a future of violence, global destruction, or other justification for collectivism. In these cases, I will note the work and its flaws as I see them. Despite narrative to the contrary, mankind is not, and will not be, perpetually locked in a war of all against all.

Watchmen – Alan Moore
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While one of my favorite films, this story again offers the narrative that, left without a common enemy, mankind will resort to self destruction. This is a narrative proffered by those who seek to centralize control and, ironically, bring about the dystopian future addressed by many of these other works.


The following works have been suggested as good examples of dystopian works. As time permits, I will offer some note on their content.

Uglies
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Neuromancer
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The Iron Heel
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