Scifi And Fantasy

The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in.

If science fiction tells us anything, it’s that a perfect society ruled by one person, or a shadow government made up of robots or whatever is a bad thing. But just because you live in a world controlled by the NWO or cyber gangsters who keep everyone plugged onto the Internet doesn’t mean that you can’t have a nice time. Since the 18th century, writers have been employing fictional dystopian worlds to get their point across about government oversight, political correctness, or whatever world issue is stuck in their craw. But, let’s be real, some of the fictional dystopias just aren’t that bad. Sure, no one wants to have to fight to the death on TV, but what if you just got to watch people fight to the death while you got wear wacky hair and eat all the food you want? All of a sudden the world of The Hunger Games doesn’t sound so bad! Take a look at these dystopian societies and think about which one you’d rather live in.

Choosing the best dystopian society isn’t easy. For every promise of free soma and evening of meaningless sex, there’s a Kafka-esque bureaucratic nightmare waiting around the corner. The examples of dystopia on this list range from young adult fiction like The Giver, to definitely for adults only works like A Clockwork Orange. All of the worlds collected here are different, so it’s up to you to figure out which work of fiction contains your favorite dystopian society.

Remember to vote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in, because Big Brother is always watching!
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The World of Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World of Logan's Run
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added
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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Elysium
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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Alphaville
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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Luke Albright added
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Uglies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ms.green added Uglies
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OASIS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OASIS
Ready Player One
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The Community is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Community
The Giver
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Terra Alpha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Terra Alpha
Doctor Who
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Skaro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Skaro
Doctor Who
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Oceania is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Oceania
1984
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Imperium of Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Imperium of Man
Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)
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The World State is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World State
Brave New World
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added
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Alex's England is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Alex's England
A Clockwork Orange
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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Daniel Dreisbach added
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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Circle
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The Vortex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Vortex
Zardoz
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Republic of Greater East Asia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Republic of Greater East Asia
Battle Royale
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The Sprawl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Sprawl
Neuromancer
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Ad Hoc is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ad Hoc
Virtual Light
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The Terran Federation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Terran Federation
Blake's 7
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Pollen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Pollen
Jeff Noon
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Republic of Gilead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Republic of Gilead
The Handmaid's Tale
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Union Grove, New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Union Grove, New York
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