Category Archives: utopia/dystopia

“A Time for Revolution,” Hirai Kazumasa, 1963 (2007 Tr.)

“A Time for Revolution,” Hirai Kazumasa, 1963 (2007 Tr.) – Poets and artists from a dystopian future travel back in time to possess the bodies of today’s thugs. Comments:  Read in Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and … Continue reading

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“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957

“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957 – (Alternate title: “Concentration City“) Overpopulation in the future has led to such building density that an aspiring aircraft designer and physics student, Franz, can’t find enough “free space” to “re-discover” the concept of flight.  He … Continue reading

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“Coming Attraction,” Fritz Leiber, 1950

“Coming Attraction,” Fritz Leiber, 1950 – The protagonist is a British citizen named Wysten Turner who is in a post-nuclear New York to procure grain in exchange for electronic equipment that will probably be used to build an American military … Continue reading

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“The Dead Past,” Isaac Asimov, 1956

“The Dead Past,” Isaac Asimov, 1956 – Arnold Potterley, PhD, a historian of Carthage, begs to be allowed to use the government’s chronoscope in order to clear the name of Carthage; specifically, he wishes to prove to his wife that … Continue reading

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“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932

“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932 – A man from a “standardized” city travels to the Himalayan country of Democratia and is tainted by “individuality,” for which he will receive the death penalty from the world government, a machine located in … Continue reading

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“In the Year Ten Thousand,” William Harben, 1892

“In the Year Ten Thousand,” William Harben, 1892 – An old man of over 600 years tries to explain the strange ideas and workings of the past to a young boy as they wander through a museum, looking at portraits.  … Continue reading

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“The Curious Republic of Gondour,” Mark Twain, 1875

“The Curious Republic of Gondour,” Mark Twain, 1875 — “[A]n extrapolated utopia in which votes are proportioned according to money and education.” (H. Bruce Franklin) Comments: Online text at Project Gutenberg.  “Twain proposed a state in which all citizens have … Continue reading

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“To Whom This May Come,” Edward Bellamy, 1889

“To Whom This May Come,” Edward Bellamy, 1889 — A storm drives a ship to an island populated by a telepathic civilization. Comments: Online text at Project Gutenberg. See H. Bruce Franklin’s extensive commentary on Bellamy in Future Perfect: American … Continue reading

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