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- The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood --- PR9199.3 .A8 H3 1986
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules.
- Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury --- PS3503.R167 F3 2003
Fireman Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to start fires. And he loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Then he meets a seventeen-year old girl who tells him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who tells him of a future where people can think. And Guy Montag knows what he has to do.
- A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess --- PR6052.U638 C5 1987
Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile delinquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Philip K. Dick --- PS3554.I3 D6 2002
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal - the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit-- and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted
- Brave New World / Aldous Huxley --- PR6015.U9 B65 2006
Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.
- The Children of Men / P.D. James --- PR6060 .A467 C48 1993
- The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace.
- The Stand / Stephen King --- PS3561 .I483 S83 1990
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides--or are chosen.
- I Am Legend / Richard Matheson --- PS3563.A8355 I18 2007
A novella, and ten short stories, introduce us to the last man on earth; a man planning a funeral for his unsuspecting wife; and a man whose telephone rings inside his head -- with calls from his dead father.
- Lucifer's Hammer / Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle --- PS3564.I9 L8 1983
The lucky ones went first . . .The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell --- PR6029.R8 N49 1992
A story of love and tragic betrayal set in the dystopian world of England in 1984. While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing Nineteen Eighty-Four seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.
- The Race / Nina Allen --- PR6101.L4539 A6 2016
- The present day and an alternate future merge as a child is kidnapped, a writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder, and a young woman prepares for her mysterious future.
- The Beautiful Land / Alan Averill --- PS3601.V46 B43 2013
A brilliant young computer genius has loved a fragile woman since high school. Now, he must bend time and space to save her life, as the world around them descends into apocalyptic madness.
- The Water Knife / Paolo Bacigalupi --- PS3602.A3447 W38 2015
- The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself.
Pirate Cinema / Cory Doctorow --- PS3604.O27 P57 2012
In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.
- The Fire Sermon / Francesca Haig --- PR6108.A38 F57 2015
- The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig. Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin.
- J / Howard Jacobson --- PR6060.A32 J12 2015
- In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood.
The Secret Book of Sacred Things / Torsten Krol ---- PR9619.4.K75 S43 2012
In a post-apocalyptic world, twelve-year-old Aurora, Scribe of the Little Sisters of Selene, writes the goddess's name in her secret book to keep the Moon in the sky, but an unexpected occurrence threatens to change the world.
- A History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel / James Howard Kunstler --- PS3561.U55 H57 2014
- Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century -- the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos -- people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence.
- On Such a Full Sea / Chang-rae Lee --- PS3562.E3347 O5 2014
In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as high walled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class-descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China-find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.
- Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandell --- PR9199.4.S727 S73 2014
The story of an actor Arthur Leander, his would-be savior and a group of roaming actors, risking everything for art
- Goodhouse / Peyton Marshall --- PS3613.A7756 G66 2014
- At the end of the twenty-first century the sons of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state, raised on "Goodhouse" campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses.
- The Country of Ice Cream Star / Sandra Newman --- PS3614.E66 C68 2015
In the aftermath of a devastating plague, a fearless young heroine embarks on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world in this dystopian thriller, told in bold and fierce language. In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off of the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a mysterious disease they call Posies-- a plague that has killed for generations.
- The Core of the Sun / Johanna Sinisalo --- PH355.S5445 A8713 2016
- Set in an alternative historical present, in a "eusistocracy"--An extreme welfare state -- that holds public health and social stability above all else, it follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state.
Near Enemy / Adam Sternberg --- PS3619.T47874 N43 2015
New York is toxic-- decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven-- if you're rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man; his latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people's fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.
- The Raft / Fred Strydom --- PR9369.4.S85 R34 2016
- “The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event. . . and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero.”
- Find Me / Laura Van den Berg --- PS3622.A58537 F56 2015
- Joy spends her days working the graveyard shift at a grocery store outside Boston and nursing an addiction to cough syrup, an attempt to suppress her troubled past. When a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage: she is immune.
- The Return Man / V.M. Zito --- PS3626.I87 R48 2012
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace. Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again. But in the wastelands of America, you never know who--or what--is watching you.
Last Updated: April 2017
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