Dystopian Literature 20th Century – 1950 -1960

Dystopian Literature Review

20th Century Dystopia Literature 1950 – 1960

Dystopian Literature 20th Century – 1950 -1960 – With Orwell in the previous decade setting the newest standard for Dystopian Literature, WW2 in the rear view mirror and continuing growth of technology. This decade promised a fun time, people let there hair down, you know the swinging sixties and all. However for the Dystopian writer, you could argue with nuclear annihilation hanging over your head, proxy wars being fought across the globe and the struggle between the East and West offered an entirely different level of possibilities. This decade sees Dystopia’s produced from the minds of great writers like Ray Bradbury at a frightening level. What’s the most frightening however is in the 1960s what the writers warned about as fantasy has, in fact, become today’s reality in many facets of modern life.

Book Title:  Player Piano 

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Published: 18 August 1952

Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons

Language: English

Pages: 296

Good reads rating: 3.87/5

About: It portrays an oppressed world of computerization, depicting the negative effect it can have on personal satisfaction. Player Piano is set sooner rather than later, after a third world war. While most Americans were battling abroad, the country’s supervisors and specialists confronted a drained workforce.

Book Title:  Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Published: October 19, 1953

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Language: English

Pages: 158

Good reads rating: 3.98/5

About: Fahrenheit 451 is a tragic book, which was composed by Ray Bradbury an American author. The lead character, Guy Montag, is a firefighter who ends up disappointed with his job of blue-penciling writing and devastating learning, in the long run leaving his place of employment and subscribing to the conservation of artistic and social compositions.

Book Title:  Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

Author: Evelyn Waugh

Published: 1953

Publisher: Chapman & Hall

Language: English

Pages: 51

Good reads rating: 3.52/5

About: In the novel Crime treated in all respects mercifully by the state and conditions in jail are quite better than those among the populace everywhere, prompting a justifiably high recidivism rate. Be that as it may, she doesn’t wish to bite the dust and the two start a sentiment.

Book Title:  One

Author: David Karp

Published: 1953

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Language: English

Pages: 220

Good reads rating: 4.13/5

About: One describes a public on its way to self-declared flawlessness, which comprises in discord having been found and each native distinguishing his or her own advantages with those of the “kind State”. Where a man who trusts himself to be a functioning supporter of the framework is discovered liable of “apostasy”

Book Title:  The space merchant

Author: Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth

Published: May 18, 1953

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Language: English

Pages: 179

Good reads rating: 3.87/5

About: The space merchant is a sci-fi novel. The business has taken the political position in the spot of government. Advertising has turned out to be massively forceful and by a wide margin the best-paid calling. Through advertising, the open is continually into feeling that every one of the items set available to improve personal satisfaction.

Book Title: The Caves of Steel

Author: Isaac Asimov

Published: February 4, 1954

Publisher: Doubleday

Language: English

Pages: 224

Good reads rating:  4.16/5

About: This book is a sci-fi that depicts supported an Idea. The Spacer world is rich have low populace thickness, and use robot work intensely. In the meantime, Earth is overpopulated, and exacting standards against robots have passed. The book’s focal wrongdoing is a homicide, which happens before the novel opens.

Book Title:  Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Published: 17 September 1954

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Language: English

Pages: 222

Good reads rating: 3.67/5

About: The book centers on a gathering of British young men stuck on an uninhabited island and their awful endeavor to oversee them. The main survivors are young men in their center adolescence or preadolescence. Since Ralph seems in charge of uniting every one of the survivors, he promptly directions some experts over the different young men and immediately chose their “boss.”

Book Title: The Chrysalids 

Author: John Wyndham

Published: 1955

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Language: English

Pages: 208

Good reads rating: 3.92/5

About: The occupant’s practice is a type of fundamentalist Christianity; they accept that to pursue God’s assertion and anticipate another Tribulation, they should safeguard total ordinariness among the enduring people, plants, and creatures, and hence practice genetic counseling. Contentions happen over the keeping of a tailless feline or the ownership of larger than average ponies.

Book Title: The City and the Stars     

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Published: January 27, 1956

Publisher: Frederick Muller

Language: English

Pages: 256

Good reads rating: 4.10/5

About: The story behind this dread of wandering outside the city recounts a race of savage trespassers, which beat mankind over from the stars to Earth, and after that made an arrangement that humankind, could live whether they never left the planet. In Diaspar, the Central Computer runs the whole city.

Book Title:  The Minority Report

Author: Philip K. Dick

Published: June 17, 2002

Publisher:  Pantheon Book

Language: English

Pages: 105

Good reads rating:3.83/5

About: Philip K dick has written The Minority Report. He discovers that General Kaplan is pushing to cancel the Division, guaranteeing that it isn’t exact. Surrendering himself, he meets with Kaplan at a rally where he is utilized for instance of the incapability of Prescribe to support Kaplan’s position.

Book Title:  The World Jones Made

Author: Philip K. Dick

Published: 1956

Publisher: Ace Books

Language: English

Pages: 192

Good reads rating: 3.62/5

About: It is a sci-fi novel. In this specific dystopia, Relativism rose as the overseeing political conventionality. Relativism said to be a good and moral way of thinking that states everybody is allowed to accept what the individual in question wishes, as long as they do not make any other person attempt to pursue that rule.

Book Title:  Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Published: October 10, 1957

Publisher: Random House

Language: English

Pages: 1168

Good reads rating: 3.68/10

About: The book portrays the dystopian United States where private organizations endure under progressively difficult laws and guidelines. The book investigates various philosophical subjects from which Rand would thusly create Objectivism. Rand conducted research railroad industry in the America to produce Atlas Shrugged.

Book Title:  The Naked Sun 

Author: Isaac Asimov

Published: January 1957

Publisher: Doubleday

Language: English

Pages: 187

Good reads rating: 4.15/5

About: This is a whodunit story. The book centers on the surprising conventions, traditions, and culture of Solarian culture. Individuals educated from birth to stay away from individual contact, and live on colossal domains, either alone or with their life partner as it were. The circumstance turns out to be progressively intricate when Hannis Gruer, the Head of Security on Solaria, harmed while seeing with Baley.

Book Title:  The Rise of the Meritocracy 

Author: Michael Young

Published: 1958

Publisher: Routledge 

Language: English

Pages: 198

Good reads rating: 3.74/5

About: It describes a dystopian culture later on the United Kingdom in which insight and legitimacy have turned into the focal principle of society, supplanting past divisions of social class and making a general public stratified between a justified power-holding world-class and a disappointed underclass of the less justified.

Book Title: Alas, Babylon

Author: Pat Frank

Published: 1959

Publisher: J. B. Lippincott

Language: English

Pages: 352

Good reads rating: 4.07/5

About: The novel describes the impacts of the atomic war on the anecdotal community of Fort Repose, Florida, which dependent on the real city of Mount Dora, Florid. The vast majority of the legislature has wiped out, with the current U.S. president, Josephine Vanbruuker-Brown, being the previous Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Book Title:  A Canticle for Leibowitz

Author: Walter M. Miller Jr

Published: 1948

Publisher: October, 1959

Language: English

Pages: 320

Good reads rating: 3.98/5

About: Set in a Catholic religious community in the desert of the southwestern United States after an overwhelming atomic war, the book traverses a great many years as human progress reconstructs itself. The priests of the Albertan Order of Leibowitz protect the enduring leftovers of man’s logical information until the world is again prepared for it.

Book Title: The Sound of His Horn 

Author: Sarban

Published: 1952

Publisher: Peter Davies Ltd

Language: English

Pages: 154

Good reads rating: 3.75/5

About: In the wake of getting away, and going through a woodland he keeps running into a boundary of ‘Bohlen Rays’, is thumped oblivious and stirs in a Nazi-controlled world, in any event, a hundred years after World War II on the home of the Reich Master Forester, Count Hans von Hackenberg.

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