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For Readers: Why Do We Like Dystopian Fic?

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Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Richard Wood:

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Dystopian fiction has been around forever, but in recent years, it seems to have gained a foothold in the popular culture – witness The Hunger Games and other movies of the same ilk that have spring from YA book series.

Some authors seem to have a penchant for destroying planets and cultures.

Maybe it’s ISIS, or the Great Recession, or just a sense that things generally aren’t right with the world.

So our questions today: What is the appeal of dystopian science fiction, LGBT or not? Is there a deep-seated appetite for the remaking of the world in our collective psyche? Or do we just like seeing things blown up?

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