Footnotes: 6 Articles on Dystopian Stories/Writing

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"The future is not set. There is
no fate but what we make for ourselves."
~ Kyle Reese

Footnotes is a recurring
series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several
interesting articles on said topic. Suzanne's Collins's Hunger Games series has ignited a craze for dystopian literature. That's why today I'm serving up six articles on dystopian stories.


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1. What does it even mean to be "dystopian"? Start at the Science Encyclopedia.

2. An agent's current take on the genre. Agent Michelle Andelman at Regal Literary posted her thoughts on dystopian fiction over on The Spectacle's website for kids writers.

3. Dystopian writing was once out but is now in
. This according to the official blog of Writing for the Web.

4. Even The New Yorker weighs in. The big-time mag addresses the rise in dystopian fiction for young adults.

5. Listen in on a panel of writers at BEA. I haven't watched the entire 45-minute video yet, but here is a panel of authors discussing dystopian fiction at BookExpo America 2010.

6. Where can we find a list of dystopian books?Right here! This list by Jen Robinson also includes "straight" sci-fi, but it's an excellent place to start.

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This guest series by writer
Nancy Parish, who runs her
blog, The Sound and Furry.


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