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Are we too familiar with dystopian settings for them to have their full impact, wonders Alex Davis

Let’s face it, humanity has always had a grim fascination with the idea of when and how it will come to an end. For hundreds and thousands of years thinkers have speculated, postulated and considered the questions of the demise of mankind.

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Writers arc absolutely no different, and it’s debatable that in modern times, which have become ever darker and more dangerous, that this concern is even greater than before. Hand in hand with that, we’ve seen a huge boom in dystopian fiction - stories exploring unpleasant, nightmarish futures that could come to be. While much early Sciencefiction was relatively optimistic, telling tales of exploration and adventure deep into an unknown galaxy, more recent tales in the field - and indeed many equally fine pieces of literary fiction — have served as warnings against what might come. And make no mistake, the subgenre of dystopia can claim some of the very finest works of literature ever written - Brave New World, 1984,The Handmaid’s Tale - as well as massive modern bestsellers such as YA hits The Hunger Games and TheMaze Runner. And let’s not forget the best thing on TV in as long as I can remember, the wonderful Black Mirror, with each episode conjuring a fresh shadow across the future, or an almost too-close-for-comfort version of the present.

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