Seattle Picks: Dystopia
Annotation:Inside huge, futuristic apartment complexes one need never leave the building as all amenities are provided. However, things turn lethal as class warfare erupts, trapping thousands of tenants in a hellish new society.
Annotation:In an oppressive society that requires registration of superhumans, Broken, a shattered superhuman, and a young man with a secret power must band together to save an infant from totalitarian forces as redemption hangs in the balance.
Annotation:Civilization will not survive—at least not the way we know it. This collection of short stories that shows the encroachment of a totalitarian society on the individual citizen’s life includes works by Shirley Jackson, Kurt Vonnegut and more.
Annotation:Overpopulation, unchecked government and powerful mega corporations control the world for the rich. Two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum find their lives intertwined as the science of genetics, designer drugs and artificial intelligence converge.
Annotation:A young woman with empathic abilities joins a group of refugees in Northern California after the country is devastated by disasters. Can she survive the suffering of others she feels so vividly?
Annotation:Amid the backdrop of disease, religious fundamentalism and a giant dust storm, young Ruby Cole attempts to escape becoming the bride of a man twice her age, while protecting her baby from the dangers of a post-apocalyptic Colorado.
Annotation:After a flu pandemic wipes out most of the population and kills his wife, a man finds comfort in flying his 1956 Cessna around the majestic mountains of Colorado while trying to heal from the devastation.
Annotation:Residents of an underground settlement are forbidden to talk about the world above ground. Treasonous talk of the upper world is met with the ultimate punishment—cleaning, the clearing away of the only viewpoint of the outside wasteland.
Annotation:With the United States in a permanent recession, Amy is forced to participate in a reality television show where she is never sure if the dangerous threats are real or manufactured.
Annotation:Gus, a half-breed human with antlers, must fend for himself in a strange new American landscape. But who can he trust as he searches for a safe habitat where his kind can live in peace?
Annotation:Uni, a vast supercomputer, controls every aspect of human life: when you eat, sleep, work and procreate, but a group of young malcontents plans the overthrow of the AI’s tyranny and the return of freedom for mankind.
Annotation:After a cure for death is found, the problem of limited resources and overpopulation reaches a breaking point as one man tries to stay alive while the future runs amok.
Annotation:A scarcity of resources and a degeneration of an America made complacent by drugs, TV and fast food, creates a society that fails to see the imminent collapse of the world around them, even as things turn deadly.
Annotation:After nuclear war devastates the Earth, a group of monks in the Utah desert quietly works at preserving human knowledge and culture in the hopes of keeping tyranny at bay.
Annotation:As the city outside continues to die in violent shudders, Welton holes up in the basement of an abandoned apartment building, but a nightly visitor requires a horrific offering of children for his continued safety.
Annotation:As a virus that causes blindness robs many of their sight, one woman remains immune and thus witnesses the brutal horrors of a society swiftly descending into chaos.
Annotation:A collection of interlocking tales depicts the year 2381 where humans spend their lives inside giant hive-like buildings to make room for the 75 billion inhabitants on an overcrowded Earth.
Annotation:America is plagued by flashback, a drug that allows users to relive memories over and over, but flashback addict Detective Nick Bottom must find a way to let go of the past if his son is to have any future.
Annotation:Two men in a near-future America, made perilous by climate change and war, navigate the Susquehanna River while opposing armies tear at the fabric of an already frayed society.
Annotation:When people who have received neural implants that are supposed to “amp” a person’s intelligence and brain function are stripped of their human rights, a powder keg for warfare is ignited that may tear the human race apart.
Annotation:With a giant asteroid headed towards Earth, suicides are common and no one digs too deep when it comes to murder. Though law and order are disappearing Detective Hank Palace must find the truth, no matter the cost.
Annotation:After the Clean Act is passed, which effectively gives the government control of all media, info-terrorists try to subvert the system and wake people up from a society where television and religion are one and the same.
Annotation:An alternating story that shows one world where all men have vanished and one where all women have disappeared. The survivors of each gender react in different, though ultimately tragic, ways.