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Dystopia

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 be...

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...

The California Way: Sunny, With a Chance of Apocalypse

Jon Christensen | Posted 12.01.2015 | 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 d...

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...

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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 10.28.2015 | 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 fut...

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 almo...

Self-Love In All The Wrong Places

Adrienne Becker | Posted 09.09.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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.

ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

4 YA Book Trends to Look for in 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

Letter to My Dystopian Teenage Self

Daisy J Lin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Daisy J Lin

I know, life sucks right now. You're frustrated and no one gets what you're going through. You've been tossed about in the moshpit known as life, and you're tired of smacking into people. It seems like it's going to be this way forever. But it won't be.

Make Me Beautiful: The Psychology of Our Love Affair With Plastic Surgery

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Style
Katie Tandy

Here are four of the women's "arguments" for altering your body and face.

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science
Anis Shivani

I think we're headed toward a dystopia that will look for all the world like utopia. We may already have entered this new paradigm and be well on the way toward its irreversibility, which has profound consequences for individual and social action, and for making the best of this moment of transition that may well last centuries.

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

Snowpiercer: A Piercing Commentary on Modern Life Wrapped In Brilliant Sci-fi

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Thank the universe for the film Snowpiercer; finally, a dystopian sci-fi movie that someone can gush over, one that leaves a lasting effect and a certain dread in the viewer. Dread, because so much of it rings so true for today's times.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.