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Famous Dystopia Books and Novels

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List of famous dystopia books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular dystopia books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best dystopia novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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1985 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Anthony Burgess

First Published: 1978-10-01

Genres (Book): Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia

Original Language: English Language

1985 is a novel by English writer Anthony Burgess. Originally published in 1978, it was inspired by, and was intended as a tribute to, George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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1985 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels

First Published: 1983

Genres (Book): Dystopia

1985 is a sequel to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Written by Hungarian author György Dalos, originally published in 1983, this novel begins with the death of Big Brother and ...more
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334 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Thomas M. Disch

First Published: 1972

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

334 is a science fiction novel by American author Thomas M. Disch, written in 1972. It is a dystopian look at everyday life in New York City around the year 2025.
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Anthony Burgess

First Published: 1962

Subjects: Brainwashing, Classics

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Satire, Dystopia, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novella by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society that has a subculture of extreme youth violence, the novella has a teenage ...more

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A Friend of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
T. Coraghessan Boyle

First Published: 2000-09

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia

Original Language: English Language

Ein Freund der Erde is a German translation of A Friend of the Earth written by T.C. Boyle.
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A Planet for the Preside... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Alistair Beaton

First Published: 2004-09-30

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Satire, Dystopia, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

A Planet for the President is a novel by Alistair Beaton. Set in the not-too-distant future, it satirically ponders the question of what action the President of the United States might take if ...more
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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Philip K. Dick

First Published: 1977

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Roman à clef, Dystopia, Psychological novel, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

A Scanner Darkly is a BSFA Award-winning 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The semi-autobiographical story is set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the ...more

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A Sojourn in the City of... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels

Genres (Book): Dystopia

A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19-- is a dystopian novel published in New York during February 1835. It was written by Jerome B. Holgate, by the pseudonym Oliver ...more
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A Spectre Is Haunting Te... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Fritz Leiber

First Published: 1969

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

A Spectre is Haunting Texas is a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber, first published as a novel in 1969. It was originally published as a three-part serial in the magazine Galaxy Science ...more
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A Strange Manuscript Fou... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
James De Mille

First Published: 1888

Subjects: Music

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is the most popular book by James De Mille. It was serialized posthumously and anonymously in Harper's Weekly, and published in book form by ...more
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Acidity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Nadeem F. Paracha

First Published: 2003

Genres (Book): Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia, Novel, Cyberpunk

Original Language: English Language

Acidity is a dystopian cyber novelette written by eccentric Pakistani journalist and writer, Nadeem F. Paracha. Written exclusively for the website Chowk.com in 2003, it has gone on to become a ...more
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All Tomorrow's Parties ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
William Gibson

First Published: 1999-10-07

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia, Cyberpunk, Science Fiction

Original Language: American English, English Language

All Tomorrow's Parties is the final novel in William Gibson's Bridge trilogy. Like its predecessors, All Tomorrow's Parties is a speculative fiction novel set in a postmodern, dystopian, ...more
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Alongside Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
J. Neil Schulman

First Published: 1979-10-16

Subjects: Anarchism

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

Alongside Night is a dystopian novel by science fiction writer J. Neil Schulman intended to articulate the principles of Agorism, a political philosophy created by Samuel Edward Konkin III, to ...more
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Among the Brave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Margaret Peterson Haddix

First Published: 2004-04-27

Subjects: Adventure, Family

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction, Young adult literature, + more

Original Language: English Language

Among the Brave is a 2004 book by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the fifth of seven novels in the Shadow Children ...more
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Among the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Margaret Peterson Haddix

First Published: 2005-06

Subjects: Adventure, Family

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction, Young adult literature, + more

Original Language: English Language

Among the Enemy is a 2005 novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the sixth of seven novels in the Shadow ...more
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Among the Free is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Margaret Peterson Haddix

First Published: 2006-04

Subjects: Adventure, Family

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction, Young adult literature, + more

Original Language: English Language

Among the Free is a 2006 book by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the seventh and final book in the Shadow Children ...more
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Among the Hidden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Margaret Peterson Haddix

Subjects: Adventure, Family

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction, Young adult literature, + more

Original Language: English Language

Among the Hidden is a 1998 young adult novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix concerning a fictional future in which overly drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the first ...more
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And Chaos Died is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Joanna Russ

First Published: 1970

Subjects: Feminism

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

And Chaos Died is a science fiction novel by Joanna Russ, perhaps the genre's best-known feminist author. Its setting is a dystopian projection of modern society, in which Earth's population has ...more
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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Ayn Rand

First Published: 1938

Subjects: Literary, Education, Literature, Classics, Adventure, + more

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Psychology, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark ...more
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Ape and Essence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley

First Published: 1948-08

Subjects: Literary

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Fiction

Ape and Essence is a novel by Aldous Huxley, published by Chatto & Windus in the UK and Harper & Brothers in the US. It is set in a dystopia, similar to that in Brave New World, Huxley's ...more
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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Ayn Rand

First Published: 1957-10-10

Subjects: Literary, Literature, Capitalism, Classics, Adventure, + more

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Rand's fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. Atlas ...more

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Bad Faith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels

First Published: 2008

Genres (Book): Dystopia

Bad Faith is a 2008 novel by Gillian Phillip. This dystopian murder mystery explores the role of religion in life and government. This is Gillian Phillip's first full-length novel.
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Bar Code Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Suzanne Weyn

First Published: 2006-08-01

Genres (Book): Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Koushun Takami

First Published: 1999-04

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Alternate history, Dystopia, Thriller

Original Language: Japanese Language

Battle Royale is a novel by Japanese writer Koushun Takami. Originally completed in 1996, it was not published until 1999. The story tells of junior high school students who are forced to fight ...more
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Bend Sinister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

First Published: 1947

Genres (Book): Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia

Bend Sinister is a dystopian novel written by Vladimir Nabokov during the years 1945 and 1946, and published by Henry Holt and Company in 1947. It was Nabokov's second English-language novel and ...more