Episode 59: Room 101 - the Concept of Dystopian Hell
This week the dragons tackle the many kinds of dystopian fiction from the zombie apocalypse to false utopias. What is it that appeals - or repells - in dystopian fiction? Why do we want to end the world and create new societies - many of which are distinctly not an improvement on our own - in fiction? Drawing on classics such as Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World and running the gammit through Logan's Run, Battle Royale, The Chrysalids, Divergent and the hunger games, intrepid SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan attempt to grapple with these questions as well as examine what would be in their own Room 101.
Title music: 'Ecstacy' by Smiling Cynic