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#1
Hi pit I need your help,
I have to do a presentation for school on a novel about a utopia or a dystopia.

and all the obvious stuff like 1984 and brave new world is taken,

so help me out please and recommend me some good books that are worth talking about in class
#3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_androids_dream_of_electric_sheep ?

Haven't read it, but the movie blade runner is based on it so **** YEAH.
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#4
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Orwell references it as an inspiration for 1984. It's a very easy read and loses nothing despite being translated from Russian at the turn of the century, partly I think as it uses a lot of mathematical imagery, concerning a state run on mathematical principles.

One of my favourite books.

EDIT: or play Bioshock and pretend it was a book.
#6
Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead (at least, I think that's what it's called)
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#7
Pretty much any book by Philip K Dick has elements of dystoppia in them..Do Androids Dream of electric Sheep is a fantastic book as is A scanner darkly and Martian Time Slip...

Cities in Flight by James Blish is an interesting read in parts though rather long.

do manga and comics count as well? As the manga Ghost in the Shell would be a good one especially with the way society is developing with technology.
#9
Do the handmaids tale if you want to have a feminists take on things (lots more to talk about)
#10
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#11
Any of the Culture novels by Iain M Banks are stories about the dealings of a technologically and socially advanced anarchist Utopia (known as the titular Culture) and the methods that they use to try and contact and mentor less advanced cultures.

Off the top of my head they are:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
Excession
Look to Windward
Matter


plus, at least one of the short stories from The State of The Art
#13
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#16
I must admit I'm always a bit touchy about dystopian novels... On the one hand they can often raise real issues and make intelligent debates, but on the other hand they're often just easy sci-fi that make you sound slightly clever...
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#22
The Island by Aldous Huxley. It's like the utopian version of Brave New World
#24
We by Yevgen.....- Argh!

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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Orwell references it as an inspiration for 1984. It's a very easy read and loses nothing despite being translated from Russian at the turn of the century, partly I think as it uses a lot of mathematical imagery, concerning a state run on mathematical principles.

One of my favourite books.


Beat me to it. It's a briliant book; I found the mathematical aspects rather tiresome, to be honest though, I'm really not a mathematician; but I am using some of the imagery of the society for an art project.

Look up JG Ballard for some good dystopian ideas, also.
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#25
'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse might be worth a try. It's not strictly utopian or dystopian, it has elements of both. It is very good, however, and should give you a lot of stuff to talk about.
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Ahh clever...

It gets to be a bit of a laborious read though really. As much as the whole book does raise a lot of good points and interesting thinking, do we reeeeally need to have endless details of how children will be born and what exact topics would be in the syllabus in this new country's education?!
#29
Although I'm sure you have read it before, my favorite dystopian novel is Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury is such an amazing writer, his metaphors and use of symbolism are wonderful. I have heard that The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is also good, though I've never read it, it you want a short and easy dystopian, try Anthem by Ayn Rand, as it is only about 100 pages. If all the "popular" ones are taken as you said before, I would definitely go with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep, I have had several friends who have read it, and although I have never gotten around to it, the movies and music it has inspired are all great, so go with that.
#30
Island
brave new world revisited
a clockwork orange
a scanner darkly
there is a novel entitled "Utopia" I believe as well.
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#31
Go with A Clockwork Orange. Don't go with the book Utopia by Sir. Thomas More though because it will make your eyes melt...
#32
Brave New World and 1984, the most important dystopian novels of all time.
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#35
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Better than The Fountainhead and Anthem, just really freaking long tho


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#36
The Giver by Lowis Lowry. More of a kid's-teen's type book... but still dystopian.
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#37
My Brit Lit 12 class just read Anthem then Brave New World one after another, imo the concept is a bit played out and both books were dreadful. It is eerie though how Huxley pretty much predicted this current generation.
#40
A Clockwork Orange fits the criteria fine.
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