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

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

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

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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.

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

Can China's Health Care Dystopia Become Our Future?

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

To prevent further problems in our country, and to stop the rest of the world from following us down this path, we have to make a difficult decision. We must decide if it's important to us to preserve our core tenets of liberty, democracy, equity, and justice.

Only God Forgives: The Professional Democrat and the Rise of Demopublican Dystopia

Ioannis Pappos | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Ioannis Pappos

The tech rush of the '90s, aided by an everything-is-fair-in-finance attitude generated new wealth. For the first time since the Kennedy administration, being a poster child for the Democrats meant being a hip and smart "professional." Inequality galloped.

The Future's So Bright, I'm Afraid to Look: On Science/Speculative Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The debate over whether SF is literature or genre fiction is ultimately far less important than the fact that such novels and movies have long challenged us to rethink not only what is possible, but also what is desirable about our collective future -- with or without sunglasses.

The Designated Pessimist

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

In a sense, however, the waiting in line is the true theatrical event.

ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

How To Save America From Becoming A Dystopia

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with Salon.com, senior writer Andrew O'Hehir spoke with us about the validity behind the view of America becoming...

Musical Duo From Planet Mawama Saves Comatose Earth

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

My Woshin Mashin sounds like a goofy name. For Hugo Simons and his wife, Bibi Tulin, it's a name the electronic duo created for their band. They came up with it by using what they call their mythical language, known as Mawamian, mingled with English.

ReThink Review: The Purge - Horror and Republican Ideology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The action and, surprisingly, the political and social commentary that seems to criticize republican ideological dogma still has me pondering what I thought would be a run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

Visions for the Future: Good News and the Good Life

Robert Rippberger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Good News
Robert Rippberger

By Adrian Brannen-Jurgenson and Robert Rippberger It can be said that today it is easier to imagine the end of the world than any possibility of utop...

The Selection Author Kiera Cass on Princess Kate, Self-Publishing and The Elite

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Selection sequel The Elite currently on the New York Times bestseller list, Kiera Cass is an author to be reckoned with.

Future Anxiety and Young Adult Fiction

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Susan Kim

Perhaps those of us who write about a dystopian future have more faith in people than we do in the wise application of technology.

The American Dream Becomes A Nightmare

Posted 03.05.2013 | Arts

As one of the characters states in Gary Shteyngart’s "Super Sad True Love Story," it's “zero hour for our economy, zero hour for our military migh...

What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About the Present and Future of Information

Evan Selinger | Posted 03.26.2013 | Technology
Evan Selinger

With the technology out of the incubator and in our living rooms, Silicon Valley's mouthpieces are becoming increasingly comfortable generating hype about the exciting new world it will create. Get ready for a "more information-rich, more navigable, more interesting, more fun" existence.

Alone in the Light of the Screen

Emily Pease | Posted 02.18.2013 | Media
Emily Pease

By now we all know him, that boy in front of the computer. He's lost in a world. Whole hours pass, and his eyes stay fixed on the screen. If only w...

Tatyana Murray's Dystopia: A Powerful Expression of a Child's Nightmare, Lord of the Flies Tribalism, a Fantastical Realm and the Human Condition

Annie Fabricant | Posted 10.24.2012 | Arts
Annie Fabricant

Murray's new body of work, entitled Dystopia, marks the artist's darkest most soul-bearing work to date. It's as though this newfound inner peace and strength enabled a large memory store of emotion to be unleashed.

'A Clockwork Orange' And Dystopian Fiction

Posted 10.02.2012 | Books

Reprinted from "A Clockwork Orange: 50th Anniversary Edition, the Restored Text" by Anthony Burgess, edited by Andrew Biswell. Introduction and notes ...

What's Next After The Hunger Games: 10 Young Adult Dystopias Coming Out 2012

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The number of dystopian-themed books is at its highest since the 1960s. What Young Adult dystopians are you looking forward to reading this year?

'Hunger Games' Exposes Big Myth About Technology

Posted 03.24.2012 | Science

By: Jeremy Hsu, InnovationNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 03/23/2012 02:28 PM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily Tomorrow's world of "The Hunger...

PREMIERE: Sole & The Skyrider Band's 'DIY' Music Video

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.23.2012 | Denver

Denver emcee Sole has been defying genre conventions and pushing boundaries, both musically and visually, throughout his career and with his latest mu...