5 Authors Of Dystopian Novels And Series

Among the many creative things at which humanity excels is imagining its own destruction. From nightmarish technocracies to global wars and environmental collapse, the decline of civilization and the bleak possibilities of the future have occupied our minds for centuries, serving as cautionary tales for what society is capable of. The authors included here all contribute to this rich legacy in fiction, writing series that speculate about what dark things might lie ahead. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Novelists Writing Dystopian Fiction

Author Books
Joel Ohman Meritropolis Series, Other Bodies
J.I. Rogers The Korpes File Series
Veronica Roth Divergent Series, Carve the Mark Series, Chosen Ones
K.B. Hoyle Breeder Series, The Gateway Chronicles Series
D.J. MacHale Pendragon Series

How to Recognize a Dystopia

10 Great Dystopian Films

  1. Brazil (1985)
  2. The Hunger Games (2012)
  3. Westworld (1973)
  4. Metropolis (1927)
  5. Minority Report (2002)
  6. Logan's Run (1976)
  7. Children of Men (2006)
  8. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
  9. Gattaca (1997)
  10. Mad Max (1979)

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In Depth

Dystopian fiction is a literary genre that can serve as a lens with which to examine society. A fictional work of literature that dissects and dismantles popular societal beliefs is a valuable tool for learning, and can be useful in inspiring innovation and imagination. In no particular order, here is a list of writers who explore alternate worlds in their works.

Coming in at #1 on our list, Joel Ohman is an author, certified financial planner, and entrepreneur. Ohman's first book, Meritropolis, explores a world where a numerical score dictates a human's worth. After a young boy is killed because of a low score, his brother plots to take down the system. Besides being an author, Ohman is a devoted Christian, husband, and father.

Ohman's book, Other Bodies, is a fictional romance about a female protagonist who is forced to question everything around her. In a world where immersive virtual reality distorts what is real from what is not, and artificial intelligence blurs the lines between human and robot, the sixteen-year-old protagonist must face some very complicated choices.

In a world where immersive virtual reality distorts what is real from what is not, and artificial intelligence blurs the lines between human and robot, the sixteen-year-old protagonist must face some very complicated choices.

Up next at #2, J. I. Rogers is the author of The Korpes File Series. She began working on the series in October of 2012, and had the rough drafts for the first two novels ready by the spring of 2013. The project has developed into more than seven books and a plethora of short stories. Rogers plans to continue publishing books and adapting them into graphic novels.

The series follows a technician named Nash Korpes who greatly resembles his ancestors both physically and intellectually. These traits, though highly prized by the special projects division at the military research base, mark him as a specter from a warlike past. The series follows Korpes as he wages a war against the socioeconomic status quo, and begins to uncover a threatening truth.

Onwards to #3, Veronica Roth is the New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series, the Carve the Mark duology, and The End and Other Beginnings, as well as other stories and essays. Roth's 2020 release, Chosen Ones, follows five teenagers as they attempt to defeat a powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America.

Roth's 2020 release, Chosen Ones, follows five teenagers as they attempt to defeat a powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America.

In Roth's popular Divergent series, a dystopian society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. The books follow the lead character as she navigates her way through this troubling reality. The series was adapted as a film trilogy in 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior.

#4 on our list is K. B. Hoyle, an award-winning author, public speaker, and a creative writing instructor. In addition to writing her many novels, she is a columnist and has contributed to a variety of publications. When she isn't working, Hoyle enjoys spending time at home in Alabama with her family.

In The Breeder Cycle series, the population of the planet was nearly decimated by three "Great Devastations." Following these, a one-world government emerged and determined it would never allow humanity to rise to such destructive levels ever again. The books follow the protagonist, Pria, as she takes up with a band of rebels who attempt to dismantle the lies of the one-world government and attain freedom.

Following these, a one-world government emerged and determined it would never allow humanity to rise to such destructive levels ever again.

Lastly, at #5 on our list, D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several popular television series and movies. His ten-volume book series, Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space, became a New York Times #1 bestseller. MacHale graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production.

MacHale has authored many books, including The Monster Princess as well as The Library, a spooky anthology about a cadre of young people with access to a strange library filled with unfinished supernatural tales. The SYLO Chronicles is a sci-fi trilogy about a group of teens whose island home is cut off from the rest of the world due to a mysterious virus.