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Let's create a fictional dystopia.

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by cynicaleconomy, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. cynicaleconomy

    cynicaleconomy ItWillNeverWork

    I love dystopian films and I've always wished I could write fiction well enough to concoct some amazing imaginary world in which society is fucked up beyond compare. So let's do it together. Suggest some features of this bleak future. What will it look like? Who is in control? What cultural oddities will have taken hold? What ideologies prevail? I'll go first.

    I imagine that resources have peaked and the remaining stocks of oil, water, and air have been monopolised by a range of political centres of control - all with competing ideologies and narratives over what has happened. The public remains unaware of the truth that exists outside of the fictional accounts fed to them by whomever they happen to suffer under.

    Now let's embellish this vision.
  2. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Crossroads is still on.
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  3. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist virtue without terror is impotent.

    its hard to compete with the real world here.
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  4. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Everyone is equal, but some people are more equal than others!
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  5. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Wasps are slightly larger.
  6. TruXta

    TruXta Tired of this

    Sounds a lot like real life?
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  7. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    There is no such thing as pudding.
  8. TruXta

    TruXta Tired of this

    One day Santino's ramblings make sense.
  9. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    There are Little Chef cafes, built on confluences of ley lines.

    /bill bailey
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  10. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 bifurcata bifurcaria

    Everything is the same but worse
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  11. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Earthly human society is divided into two distinct groups, the fattipuffs and the thinnivers!

    /copyright author
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  12. cynicaleconomy

    cynicaleconomy ItWillNeverWork

    This is serious, people. Ear-burrowing wasps on steroids is a great suggestion. But how did they get this way? Where did they come from? No nuclear mutant shit; too obvious.
  13. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Bound for glory

    I wrote a dystopian book where the future UK is ruled as an absolute monarchy by Prince William's grandson (King Arthur) and cut of from the rest of the world by the navy. The monarchy acts a lot like the leaders of the soviet union, with a newly created ruling class of specialists and bureaucrats and everyone else working in factories or labour camps. Lots of people work in massive agricultural compounds which produce only genetically engineered maize that is actually used to produce biofuel rather than food like the government claims.

    Fossil fuels have pretty much run out (or aren't available to the isolated UK) and a bunch of communist guerillas are holed up in the mountains of north Wales where the military doesn't have enough fuel or munitions to root them out. The guerillas are just as horrid as the state and survive by looting stuff from the local population. During the book the Scots declare themselves independent, dismantle all the nuclear weapons at Faslane and return bits of them to the British military by way of proof. They then prepare for an invasion of southern Scotland by the monarchists, who invade but run out of steam before they reach Glasgow and Edinburgh and get stuck in a stalemate with the Scottish rebels.

    The actual story concerns a bunch of escaped political prisoners on a little island in the Bristol Channel. Their attempts to create a nice happy society free of opression are ultimately thwarted by the King, who decides to make an example of them and to resurrect the long-defunct TV networks in order to broadcast footage of the island's destruction to reinforce his waning authority.

    Reading that synopsis it actually sounds like it might be quite good, but it's really not.
  14. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  15. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Bound for glory

    You'll be lucky, even I haven't read it yet.
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  16. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Domination Snert

    They've managed to clone Ian Duncan-Smith. Now the world is run by Ian Duncan-Smith clones. This is possible because world food supplies are running low and everyone is weak, but IDS saves energy by not thinking very much and the clones can produce the energy they do require themselves, via a cunning device that has been invented that produces calorific value from pure spite.
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  17. spacemonkey

    spacemonkey I Love Noodles

    Southern latitude countries become completely intolerable due to climate change/heat waves/drought etc.

    The UK, led by an increasingly right-wing government closes its boarders completely to halt the waves of climate refugees. Imports of basic items/medicine/food crash by 70%. The economy goes to wall, but is partly stemmed by increased efficiency/automation. The predominant mode of transport is the moped/electric bike/push bike. Electricity supply is increasingly unstable with blackouts almost a daily occurrence.

    Adequate health provision is almost completely absent for large parts of the country outside of major cities. There are still opportunities in major cities for work. However the major population centres are becoming dangerously over-crowed with new infrastructure unaffordable. New housing is built on any available space, but they are poorly constructed and dangerous. Authorities turn a blind eye.

    All waste resources are considered valuable, nothing is thrown away and landfills are now mined for raw materials.

    I just realised I'm shit at writing fiction. :D
  18. cynicaleconomy

    cynicaleconomy ItWillNeverWork

    Unusual movements in the Earths tectonic plates, caused by a shifting of the planets magnetic pole, have led to a situation whereby the floor is permanently hot. Shoes melt, feet burn, all vehicles other than specially designed military convoy are unable to move around. As such, a network of rickety bridges and corrugated iron structures link building to building so that people can get around without coming into contact with the lethal temperatures below. Racist paramilitaries prey on immigrants in order to throw them to the floor. This is referred to by them as 'the trial by fire'.
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  19. Shakey

    Shakey Banned Banned

    Imagine if noone could go to sleep, you still got tired but sleep somehow became impossible. I think civilisation would go down the toilet in about 3 weeks
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  20. Superdupastupor

    Superdupastupor ἀταραξία

    Future Tehran with the cyber ayatolla- Zorastrainism has made a big come back and sky burials have never been more popular. finally people truly comprehend that earth is not god's half-forgotten paradise but rather that the material universe is infact a holding cell of souls for places unknown.

    the villian of the peace is a kite-surfer assassin that goes by the name of Zypher.
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  21. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Donkey piss and tractors

    Think that's been done recently or maybe I dreamt it.
  22. Shakey

    Shakey Banned Banned


    It's in 100 Years of Solitude I think
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  23. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Donkey piss and tractors

    No don't think so, more like a Charlie Brooker/Tales of the unexpected type thing....
  24. Casually Red

    Casually Red fear not

    a populist junta consisting of Simon Cowell , Alan Sugar and Dragons Den decide everything, who gets jobs, cancer treatment, court cases...everything . After an inquisition of worthiness by Jeremy Kyle . All televised . Everyone has to wear poppies all the time too, every day . And theyve got little cameras in them .
    Smoking has been banned outright too, by these smug bastards .
  25. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    What was that book about a race of thin weedy humans who lived in riches on the surface and ruled the earth and the dirty much more muscular ugly fierce combative workers who lived underground doing service but occasionally climbed to the surface to eat the rulers who were relatively defenceless.

    Anyone know?
  26. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    The time machine by hg wells you had the Eoli and the Morlocks. Eoli being whats left of the idle rich and the Morlocks being whats left of the working classes.
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  27. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I think that was it, I might read it properly now, is it a good read?
  28. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Time Team comes back but is presented by Nick Knowles.
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  29. fogbat

    fogbat Pervy Sex Gang

    The urban75 mods seize power in a totally unexpected military coup. The editor becomes an insane dreadlocked dictator, ruling with an iron fist in a barbed-wire glove.

    Little changes, but those who've lived in Brixton for fewer than five years are strung from lampposts all around Windrush Square.
  30. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger


    Its of its time. Depends if you like middle class Victorian/Edwardian era narrators to be honest. science fiction ages horribly and hg wells was out of date quite quickly.
    For instance His Martians would in reality been hammered by the British Army of that era.Having been re equipped after the Boers gave them a kicking with modern guns.
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