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Dystopia

'Future CNN' Is The Foreboding Twitter Feed Of Your Nightmares

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 02.24.2017 | Comedy

It’s the news, but hopefully as we won’t ever know it. A parody Twitter account imagines how CNN might report on President Donald Trump’s admini...

Tomorrow Is Today

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The icon's day has come and gone, and -- oh, the irony -- eight people were fatally shot in Chicago on his weekend. Another eight were shot during a M...

Now's The Time to Read The Man in the High Castle

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.28.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

When I heard last year that Amazon was doing a miniseries based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo-winning novel from the Sixties, I discovered that the book ha...

It's the End of the World as We Know It: 7 Profound Books of Pessimism, Plagues, and Pandemics

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.17.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf It's seemed that in this election cycle, the only thing that both sides can agree upon is that if their candidate...

How Popular Dystopia Allows Us To Keep Real Horrors At Arm's Length

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.16.2016 | Arts

When I woke up last Wednesday and drifted, husk-like, into the office, the world felt warped. The Brooklyn streets around me, which voted by roughly ...

Elle Kennedy, Rules the Genre Switch

Mara White | Posted 11.03.2016 | Books
Mara White

Elle Kennedy is a master at switching sub-genres when it comes to writing romance. A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling a...

This Shocking Short Story From 1948 Has Never Felt More Necessary

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.11.2016 | Arts

Shirley Jackson’s classic dystopian short story “The Lottery” ― often assigned in English classes, invoked when current events take a dark tur...

A Story of an Islamic Seduction of the Western Ego

Peter Vaughn | Posted 10.03.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If I am getting it right, Schopenhauer believes that we are driven by our ego. The ego is where our desire for our own pleasure and happiness comes from. It has little to do with compassion and love, both of which we are more than capable of accessing and, in doing so, inoculating ourselves from what he and Freud labeled as "the hedgehog's dilemma."

Artist Profile: Jess Johnson and the New Language of Virtual Reality

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Illya Szilak

In virtual reality, it is an industry maxim that we design engaging, enjoyable experiences and promote user agency through intuitive, interactive inte...

Elon Musk Is Wrong About AI. Here's Why.

George Zarkadakis | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Will AI evolve to become an existential threat to humanity? Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and physicist Stephen Hawking seem to think so. They are amongst a number of luminaries who see intelligent machines as humanity's way of committing collective suicide.

The Dystopian Books That Put A Fresh Spin On The Old Genre

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.11.2016 | Arts

If popular fiction books are to be believed, the world as we know it is definitely ending, and soon -- the only question is when, and how. A firm bel...

The Perfect Book To Read If You’re Tired Of The Same-Old Dystopias

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts

China Miéville's slim new novel offers more questions than answers. To read it is like entering a chilly mist that obscures your vision, never cleari...

The California Way: Sunny, With a Chance of Apocalypse

Jon Christensen | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Jon Christensen

Too often climate advocates stop at apocalypse. If we don't change everything now, or "yesterday," as one scientist said recently, we're toast. Or drowned. Or something, really, really bad. The problem with this kind of message, research has shown, is that most people basically tune out right about then.

The Dystopian Future Of The Universe, According To Twitter

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

According to novelist Adam Johnson’s visions of the near future, we’ll soon spend most of our time socializing with robots that are fed dialogue a...

Dystopia Is Real: These Sci-Fi Writers Wrote Stories For Microsoft

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

“We’re running out of time,” the hero of our story wails, “the villain will be here any minute!” It’s a gripping, page-turning battle aga...

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 11.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelly Haworth

Writing this book let me express the emotions of trying to figure everything out -- the pain, the awkwardness and the strength -- and I emerged on the other side knowing that this pendulum inside me, this duality of male and female was exactly who I was.

Maker Faire 2015

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.26.2016 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

I've struggled with writing about the Maker Faire for about a month (I'm press- not a journalist). It's easy to gush about the wonders of tech's open pastures, or tougher to diametrically write existentially about future doomsday scenarios, which I admit is much easier for me.

The Office Of The Future Sounds Like A Terrible Place

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

There's a new office building in Amsterdam called the Edge. It's the "smartest building in the world," according to Bloomberg, and the "connected futu...

This Is What America Would Look Like If We Ran Out Of Water

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts

Rumbling slow like a deadly tidal wave, a dry expanse of earth expands each day, conquering the once-fertile land it encounters. This is what an almos...

Self-Love In All The Wrong Places

Adrienne Becker | Posted 09.09.2016 | Books
Adrienne Becker

The book, classified as dystopian YA literature, blew this middle-aged mom away. For parents of college students who suffer from deep anxiety and depression, both of which conditions are on the rise across American universities and high schools, this may be a familiar narrative.

Mackintosh Braun on Grey's Anatomy, Hall & Oates and a Beer Sesh with Larry David

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Mackintosh Braun, a Portland-based "electro-pop" group composed of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, are causing quite the stir. And not just in Portland. The band is growing their fan base in a big way. (This girl included!)

It Need Not Be the End of the World as We Know It

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders convince folks that the world is coming to an end during their lifetime, people adopt a sense of fatalism that is enormously destructive because it breeds inaction towards some of the biggest issues of our time.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

8 Dystopian Novels That Are Way Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Lauren Sarner | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lauren Sarner

The newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of "The Leftovers," the dystopian genre ...

5 Dystopian Trilogies Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Kathleen Smith | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Kathleen Smith

Perhaps it's callous to love dystopia, to soak up stories where the characters are much worse off than you are, but the fiction shelves of bookstores are littered with these premises. For some reason, we just can't get enough of the world ending. And rebooting, in the most terrifying ways.