George Cruikshank’s impression of Dickens’ dystopia.
Philip V. Allingham of Victorian Web
Charles Dickens imagined a robot theme park way back in 1838.
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In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
In Altered Carbon, the streetscape reflects the sodden bitumen and garbled neon of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles.
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The new Netflix sci-fi series, with a gumshoe cyborg as its chief protagonist, mines a host of contemporary anxieties and aesthetic influences.
The use of big data at work could promote well-being – but only in very specific conditions.
Movies from the “neo-noir” genre offer a darker and bleaker vision of the city, in stark contrast to the world of the TV sit-com.
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Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.
While the original Blade Runner provides some insight into artificial life, and the book explores power and human relationships, Blade Runner 2049 has none of that.
Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
The original ‘Blade Runner’ took place in a dreary, dystopian Los Angeles in 2019.
The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn't have imagined.
Are there other ways to get people to engage with climate change?
An experiment in getting people to care about climate change uses slick videos, charismatic scientists and calls to action.
The Handmaid’s Tale.
The latest screen adaptation of Atwood's celebrated 1980s novel has new relevance for women in the Trump era.
Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
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With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
Westworld: how far away is this future?
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Near-future science fiction is on the rise, but is it foreshadowing the rise of the machines?
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
To date, Donald Trump’s campaign has offered us a powerful blend of hope and horror.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
New HBO series reimagines a group of life-like robots programmed with hope but marred in violence. They might be more human than we think.
Nightmarish societies triggered by catastrophic climate events.
The dystopian futures and nightmarish societies that inspire hope but can't insist on change.
Young adult dystopian characters like Insurgent’s Tris are inspiring their female fans to shatter the glass ceiling.
By featuring girls who buck the conventions of their world – and ours – films like Insurgent inspire fans to enact real change.
The godfather of punk.
When William S Burroughs returned to New York City in 1974, after two decades of peripatetic rambling, dubious pleasure and restless escape, the rising rock poet Patti Smith expressed her deep pleasure…