Vulture: 100 Great Works OF Dystopian Fiction
Dystopian fiction carries with it the benefit of cutting through human psychology to show a future that isn't as rosy as we like to tell ourselves it will be. There was an interesting comment on an NPR story recently, where the commentator discusses why the economically depressed are always willing to elect rich, powerful represetntatives whose policies, in turn, protect the rich and powerful. The answer, from a psychology standpoint? Because everyone in America wants to believe that one day, they too will be rich and powerful, and that those same policies will protect them in the future.
Despite our cynicism, we are always more optimistic about our futures than our presents. And that's why at times like these, dystopian fiction is so key in helping us prevent the futures they depict. Check out this Vulture article for a list of the 100 best works of dystopian fiction.