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Twenty Core Dystopias Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves

20 Jul, 2017

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As with the previous core lists, here are twenty Dystopian works, chosen entirely on the basis of merit and significance1. No implication is intended that these are the only twenty books you should conside2.



Persons unfamiliar with one or two of the works, congratulations! You’re one of today’s Ten Thousand! 

1: There are two filtering rules: 

  • Only one work per author per list
  • Any given work by a particular author can appear on only one list. A given author may, however, have works on various lists but each instance of their work will be unique. 

2: NO IMPLICATION IS INTENDED THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY TWENTY BOOKS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER3.

3: See footnote 2