Speculative stories set in a dystopian future.

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Oryx and Crake: A Novel (Atwood, Margaret Eleanor)
Margaret Atwood

ATWOOD

A novel of the future that explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.


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Hammered
Elizabeth Bear

SF PB BEAR

Former Canadian special forces warrior Jenny Casey lives on the hellish streets of Hartford, Connecticut, in the year 2062. Racked with pain, Jenny is a month shy of fifty, and her artificially reconstructed body has started to unravel. But she is far from forgotten. A government scientist needs the perfect subject for a high-stakes project and has Jenny in his sights.


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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks

HORROR BROOKS

An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.


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Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

SF CLINE

Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.


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The Dog Stars
Peter Heller

HELLER

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.


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Wool - Omnibus
Hugh Howey

SF HOWEY

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.


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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

CLASSIC HUXLEY

Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class.


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Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

ISHIGURO

A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods.


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When She Woke
Hillary Jordan

JORDAN

The line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.


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The Road
Cormac McCarthy

MCCARTHY

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.


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Haruki Murakami

MURAKAMI

An ode to George Orwell’s “1984” told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.


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Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Gary Shteyngart

SHTEYNGART

In a novel set in the near future, when a beautiful, yet cruel, woman that Lenny Abramov met in Italy says she his coming to stay with him in New York, even the tanks and soldiers stationed in the city and the ongoing war with Venezuela can’t get him down.


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The Age of Miracles: A Novel
Karen Thompson Walker

WALKER

Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.


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Robopocalypse: A Novel
Daniel H. Wilson

SF WILSON

A tale set in the near future finds the world thrown into chaos by rebelling artificial intelligences under the leadership of a murderous technology called Archos that kills its creator and takes over the global network, triggering an unprecedented united front among all human cultures.


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Blade Runner (Two-Disc Final Cut)
DVD B

Set in a futuristic Los Angeles, Rick Deckard, a jaded former policeman, must track down and terminate four androids who hijacked a ship in space in order to return to Earth to find their maker.


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The Book of Eli [DVD] (2010)
DVD B

Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn’t fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot.


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Cloud Atlas
DVD C

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future.


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V for Vendetta
ACT DVD V

In a futuristic Britain where a totalitarian regime rules, a young woman is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself “V,” who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression.


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