Dystopian Reading List

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With Eric Snowden‘s revleation that the NSA is collecting information on the communication of every American citizen, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed. Here are some other dystopian classics for your reading displeasure:

“Big Brother is Watching You.” ― George Orwell, 1984
“Isn’t it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and fierce Right, both on their toes and each terrified of the other? That’s how we get things done.” ― C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“Beat a dog once and you only have to show him the whip.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Being happy or unhappy – is that really the most important thing? Knowing the truth would be a different kind of happiness – a more satisfying kind, I think, even if it turned out to be a sad kind.” ― Ira Levin, This Perfect Day
“Any given man sees only a tiny portion of the total truth, and very often, in fact almost…perpetually, he deliberately deceives himself about that precious little fragment as well.” – Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly
“The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.” ― Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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