Proposed Reading List for 2017

Given what’s been happening, it seems appropriate to curate a list of dystopian reading. The books listed here are dystopias – I’ve omitted post-apocalyptic fiction because that’s a separate genre with its own concerns. I’ll create a separate list of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels in another post.


Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. (1985).

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl. (2010).

Bradbury, Ray. Farenheit 451. (1950).

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. (1971).

Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. (1998).

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games (trilogy). (2008-10)

Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for the Barbarians. (1980).

Delaney, Samuel. Dhalgren. (1975).

Delaney, Samuel. Trouble on Triton. (1976)

Dick, Phillip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968).

Dick, Phillip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. (1974)

Dick, Phillip K. The Man in the High Castle. (1962).

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Notes from a Dead House. (1862).

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. (1986).

Golding, William. The Lord of the Flies. (1954).

Hall, Sarah. Daughters of the North. (2008).

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. (1931).

Ishiguro, Kashuo. Never Let Me Go. (2006).

Kornher Stace, Nicole. Archivist Wasp(2015).

Le Guin, Ursula. The Lathe of Heaven. (1971).

Lewis, C.S. That Hideous Strength. (1945).

Lewis, Sinclair. It Can’t Happen Here. (1935).

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. (1993).

Moore, Alan and David Lloyd. V for Vendetta. (1988).

Orwell, George. 1984. (1949).

Rand, Ayn. Anthem. (1937).

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. (1992).

Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. (1895).

Zamyatin, Yvgeny. We. (1924).


Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. (1991)

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism(1951).

Hetherington, Marc J. and Jonathan D. Weiler. Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics(2009).

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World Revisited. (1958).

Stenner, Karen. The Authoritarian Dynamic. (2005).