dystopias

I think its really important not to write off dystopian fiction as people giving up. It serves so many purposes, a lot of which are shared with idealistic future movements. Its a way to express your dissatisfaction and fear with the current system and the way things seem to be going and to awaken people to this, because its always easier to identify and empathise with stories. Also all the best dystopian fiction ends with hope, with people overthrowing or coming together to overthrow or rewrite the corrupt system.

Basically solarpunk goals are the same as most of the writers of dystopian fiction. We want change and a better future.

The thunderous 45-minute address—during which the president argued for a second term so that he could “finally kill Jesus once and for all, as well as all those who worship him”—was well received by the frenzied, wild-eyed audience, whose piercing chants of “Four more years!” and “Slaughter the believers!” echoed throughout the Time Warner Cable Arena. “My fellow Americans and godless infidels, I command you to join me as we cast an endless pall of far-left evil across the hills and valleys of our nation!” Obama bellowed from the stage, as thousands in attendance moaned in compliance and gyrated their hips and groins in a lascivious dance. “Together, as a barbarian people forged by the wicked flames of irreligiosity and united by visions of a liberal dystopia, we will rise up as one to scorch the earth with boundless amorality.” “The streets shall run red with the blood of forced sodomy, performed daily upon every American man, woman, and child!” the commander-in-chief shouted, froth forming around his mouth as the crowd threw hundreds of aborted fetuses onto the stage. “Die, Christians, die!” Slamming his fists on the lectern until his hands began to bleed, Obama proceeded to lay out a “three-point plan of sin and lechery” for his second term. If reelected, the president said, he would begin by banning organized religion entirely—starting with Christianity—and burning all churches to the ground, preferably “with their wretched, Jesus-loving congregants still huddled inside like rats.” As members of the audience violently tugged at their genitals and howled like sex-starved, atheist wolves, Obama stated that his administration would then seek to make free, taxpayer-funded abortions legal at any stage of pregnancy, even up to one full year after birth, in order to supply his newly created “federal stem-cell harvesting plants” with raw materials. In addition, the cackling president vowed to “end traditional marriage as we know it” by passing legislation that would allow only homosexuals to raise children, a longtime Democratic policy goal. “A glorious new age of sinister, unconstrained liberalism is dawning! Oh, dear Satan, I can feel it coursing through my veins at this very moment!” shrieked Obama, ripping off his shirt to reveal an ornate tattoo of a pentagram, with a different homosexual act positioned at each of the star’s five points. “Agnosticism, contempt for human life, and radical sexual experimentation shall rule the day! Any good, virtuous, family-values-oriented Christian Americans who seek to topple our magnificent liberal kingdom of eternal darkness will be powerless to stop us! We will crush them!” Added Obama, “Thank you, may Satan reward you all, and may God tremble in fear at the United States of America!” The president was then handed an unbaptized, orphaned newborn baby drenched in the blood of 666 slaughtered Christians, which he handed over to its new, gleefully squealing homosexual parents.

Happiness - IAMX.

How I enjoy being backed into a Chris Corner. “Happiness”, the new single from forthcoming 6th album Metanoia, is a lush and emotional synth-driven track. In typical IAMX fashion, it’s about the continued search for meaning in a world that increasingly looks like it has none.

It kind of makes me think that dystopia isn’t the future, but the present.

Contributed by @orchidhunter.

Presenting the JeanMarco (with possible addition) sci fi au you’ve been waiting for

You’ve all seen this story before. Normal kid finds out they’re special, or stumbles on a world they didn’t know, and suddenly they band together with a small army or group of friends to destroy the evil dystopia. 

This is not that story. 

Okay, it’s sorta that story. The thing is that story already happened and it’s over. 

The thing about all those stories is, they really downplay how badly an adventure like that fucks you up on the inside.  

Ouroboros

Part 1

There isn’t really a good way to describe the chaos of battle.

At least not in simple words.

For Jean, the fighting, all the loss of life and the complete destruction of the city he once called home, boiled down to nothing more than the dull roar of blood in his ears and the crackle of electricity in his hands. For all the preparation to fight no one gave a warning about how numb he would feel. The fear of dying, the adrenaline, the sense of hope as they came closer and closer to their goal; it all knotted together in his stomach and blinded him to anything outside the few people by his side. The crumbling of the building as bombs and gunfire tear everything apart feels like nothing.

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Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.
fractalresilience replied to your postFive dystopias you find particularly interesting...

Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.

Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

  • There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism.
  • The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader.
  • Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies.
  • Azkaban,
  • We rarely see people working to innovate any aspect of wizarding society, with the exception of eccentrics like the Weasley Twins or Luna Lovegood.
  • Wizarding society is so isolated that purebloods find it strange if a witch or wizard takes much interest in muggle culture, even if they are muggleborn.
  • Umbridge is allowed to torture children and spread propaganda at the only major educational institution in the country.
  • There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery.

I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.

We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.

Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.

There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks – who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.

(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)

The more I write stories for young people, and the more young readers I meet, the more I’m struck by how much kids long to see themselves in stories. To see their identities and perspectives—their avatars—on the page. Not as issues to be addressed or as icons for social commentary, but simply as people who get to do cool things in amazing worlds. Yes, all the ‘issue’ books are great and have a place in literature, but it’s a different and wildly joyous gift to find yourself on the pages of an entertainment, experiencing the thrills and chills of a world more adventurous than our own.

And when you see that as a writer, you quickly realize that you don’t want to be the jerk who says to a young reader, 'Sorry, kid. You don’t get to exist in this story; you’re too different.’ You don’t want to be part of our present dystopia that tells kids that if they just stopped being who they are they could have a story written about them, too. That’s the role of the bad guy in the dystopian stories, right? Given a choice, I’d rather be the storyteller who says every kid can have a chance to star.

—  Paolo Bacigalupi, Straight-Laced Dystopias

therehastobetexthere asked:

Im writing a story set in a dystopia, and i'm wondering if you would have any tips on how one would brainwash a society to total submission? Also im totally not an evil dictator.

The most effective dictator is NOT a scenery-chewing evil overlord, and the most effective brainwashing is gradual and subtle. Just a little evil and a lot of fear are all that seems to be required. Like the old story of the frog in the pot on the stove. Plunge him right into boiling water, and he’ll jump out. But sit him in nice, comfy water and gradually turn up the heat and soon enough, he’s cooked. 

Brainwashing is also called “thought reform,” which to me is a far scarier term, reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. While there’s some discussion about whether brainwashing an individual requires torture, it generally requires an atmosphere of genuine fear. The political animal in me wants to whisper, if you are living in the United States, “just look around you,” and you’ll see signs of worrisome, major cultural changes, but I do realize many of our followers might not be old enough to remember much about the world before 9/11. In the interests of keeping this about writing, I won’t provide any links, but there’s plenty of intelligent journalism out there on this subject that a bit of googling should reveal. 

As for modes of transmission, we seem to have already developed a quite effective one. Though I would also add the echo-chamber-disinformation-station that is the Internet, too. 

I think a really effective dystopian leader might be one who doesn’t even realize s/he is leading people down the path toward totalitarianism. Evil is boring. Ignorant is what’s scary. 

I think when white guys think of affirmative action and equal hiring, they think that means “hiring incompetent people.” They imagine these offices filled with people of color who don’t know what a spreadsheet is, women staring blankly at computers and tentatively batting at the keyboard, gay people smearing paint on the walls with both hands

Companies lose millions of dollars due to hiring basically human cats. Cities grind to a halt. The International Space Station plunges into the sea. WE’VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE WE SHOULD HAVE HIRED A WHITE MAN