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Did you know that George Orwell's 1984 is still a best-selling book on Amazon, even though it came out in 1949?

Goodreads says,

"Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real."

No need to buy a copy, we've got several editions available on the 4th floor, at call number PR6029.R8 N5. Plus books about Orwell shelved nearby. Our Special Collections even has a fascimile version of the original manuscript, and a collector's edition made in 1992.

And let's not forget the film version starring John Hurt and Richard Burton that came out in 1984!  It's in our DVD collection on the first floor of the Library Addition, DVD-6095.

While 1984 is very topical, it's by no means the only riveting dystopian novel out there. Other important works include:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (4th floor books, at call number PR6015.U9 B652).

Goodreads says "the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider."

  • Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (4th floor books, at call number PR9199.3.A8 H3 1998) and the hugely popular series on Hulu. We've even got the 1990 film version on VHS!

Goodreads says "Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable."

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4th floor books, at call number PS3503.R167 F3 1982). Plus the 1966 film is in our DVD collection on the first floor of the Library Addition, DVD-3049.

Goodreads says " Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. .. A prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity."

Have other titles to recommend, like The Hunger Games (Juvenile Collection, 813 C7134H93 2008) or Neuromancer (4th floor books, PS3557.I2264 N48 1994)LOCATE? Post them on social media and tag #sdsulibrary