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Handmaid's Tale Touches a Nerve

Some see a vision of our future in Hulu series, and others think that's malarkey

(Newser) - Hulu's new series The Handmaid's Tale, which premiered Wednesday, tells the story of a future United States, called Gilead, in which women are forced to give up their rights to work, own property, and control their bodies following the slow adoption of a totalitarian government. It's based... More »

1984 Tops Best-Seller List

Orwell selling fast after 'alternative facts' remark

(Newser) - If George Orwell were alive today, he would probably be less than thrilled to find that his vision of a dystopian future at the top of best-seller lists. Orwell's 1984, first published in 1949, is now at No. 1 on Amazon.com's best-seller list and publisher Penguin is... More »

Why Do Sci-Fi Bad Guys Have Crappy Tech?

Mark Hagerott and Daniel Sarewitz think fiction is doing a bad job warning us about the dystopia around us

(Newser) - Fiction, and especially science fiction, is rife with stories of rebels going on the run and challenging the established order. But that whole narrative "has been rendered implausible by the development of pervasive security technology," argue Mark Hagerott and Daniel Sarewitz at Slate . "Who can go on... More »

Hunger Games: Tea Party or Liberal Message?

It's everybody's call

(Newser) - Opposite ends of the political spectrum are claiming the blockbuster Hunger Games as their own. Is it a tale of too much government or of gun-packing capitalists who don't believe in social services? The dystopian story tells of dictatorial President Snow forcing conquered people to offer their children annually... More »

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