Tag Archives: dystopia

Review: Marc-Uwe Kling – QualityLand (2020)

Science fiction Published in German in 2017 Translated to English in 2020 by Jamie Lee Searle QualityLand is run by the almighty algorithms, ensuring total satisfaction and efficiently for its quality citizens. Whatever the country’s name once was, now it … Continue reading

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Equilibrium (2002) Review

7/10 Equilibrium comes straight out of that Hollywood period when every movie tried to be The Matrix (1999). As a teenager, I thought this movie was so cool and I guess I was the target demographic, but looking back at … Continue reading

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Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (2005) Review

Genre: science fiction / mainstream My rating: 9.5/10 Never Let Me Go is one of the best-known examples of the modern trend of so-called “mainstream” authors taking elements of science fiction to frame their story. The way Ishiguro crawls into … Continue reading

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T.J. Bass – The Godwhale (1974) Review

T.J. Bass only ever wrote two books and this is his second and last one. Both of them are extraordinarily weird. So, Half Past Human (1971) and The Godwhale (1974) play out in a future earth where a few trillion … Continue reading

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Dave Eggers – The Circle (2013) Review

Genre: dystopia Pages: 491 My rating: 7.5/10 I am always a bit suspicious of immensely popular books in which a mainstream author dips his or her toes into science fiction. These novels are invariably lauded as innovative and “important” by … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer (2013) Review

7.5/10 The first time I saw this movie, I couldn’t stand it! I saw it as just another science fiction allegory about class differences in a post-apocalyptic world, but nothing about it made any sense to me. You know, it … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood – The Year of the Flood (2009)

Genre: science fiction/post-apoocalypse/satire Series: MaddAddam, book 2 Pages: 448 My rating: 7.5/10 The Year of the Flood is situated in the world that Margaret Atwood established previously in Oryx and Crake. It’s a sequel of sorts, even though it features … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake (2003) review

Genre: Science fiction / post-apocalypse Series: MaddAddam trilogy, part 1. Can be read as a standalone. Pages: 433 My rating: 9/10 Atwood sketches an arresting world of rampart genetic engineering. In the not-too-distant future, designer species like engineered pigs – … Continue reading

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High-Rise (2015) Review

7/10 This could have been amazing. High-Rise is a perfectly made film, except that it is incoherent. Ultimately, it is tiring. Dr. Robert Laing just moved into an apartment of a new high-rise, and this high-rise is just about a … Continue reading

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Allegiant (2016)

4.5/10 There is an odd theme of purity and degeneration running through this film that makes me queasy. Our heroine is not only super special in Chicago; she is also super special outside it because she is “genetically pure”. It … Continue reading

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