I love science fiction. Science fiction is great.
Science fiction is great because it lets you explore possible futures based on (mostly) real science.
Science fiction also allows authors and readers to explore what might go wrong in the future.
When exploring dystopian futures (or pasts) there are three big classics that you need to read.
Here they are:
These three are classics because they still have very important messages for us today.
Especially, George Orwell’s 1984 has many distinct themes similar to today’s world with the Snowden controversy and the Trump presidency.
It has also been found that dystopian novels have become more popular since Trump.
Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange also had many similarities with the England riots which occurred throughout the years.
You should remember that these novels were all written a long time ago (history-wise).
George Orwell’s 1984 was a dystopian future for him because he wrote it in 1949. This was a few years after the end of World War Two, and the beginning of the Cold War with tensions rising between the US and USSR.
Check out the BBC’s article:
Orwell was describing a totalitarian regime that controls and monitors all of its citizens thoughts and actions. Amazingly, the Snowden controversy in 2014 also played along similar lines where the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) controlled a global survilliance mechanism for spying on millions of citizens from all over the world (including the US).
But controversarily while Orwell was writing about the dangers of totalitarian regimes such as communism, the dangers of global surveillance were perpetuated by a democracy such as the US.
This is one reason why we should read the classics of literature again. Themes continue throughout the ages, and, reality imitating art or art imitating reality, we never know where the future will lead.