What is Dystopian Fiction?

As a sub-genre of science fiction, the popular dystopian novel can challenge readers’ views about current social and political climates, offer warnings, and in some instances, inspire action. But how is dystopian fiction determined?

Is a Dystopia Synonymous with Humanity?

Why Dystopian? It’s a question I’m inevitably asked when discussing my books and essays. My short answer is: Do I get a choice? Followed by my long answer: It’s what makes us human. The dystopian genre is a messy reflection of the good, bad and in-betweens of humanity in difficult situations. The dystopian society is an…

The Top 10 Dystopian Songs

  (By Aral Bereux) Some of the greatest hits of all time have been created with dystopian themes. Music, books and films — they strike a proverbial chord with audiences. From Prince to Good Charlotte, Imagine Dragons and Bright Eyes, here are but a few music hits to consider. Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire. The…

The Stranger with the Key

In The Attic Media He was the go-to guy. The go-to for passports, licenses, or, if you wanted to do it all yourself, a birth certificate of a dead infant; always guaranteed to be of your vintage, give or take a few years. So, there I was, sitting across from him, sliding documents back and…

Trigger Warning

In The Attic Media INTRODUCTION In 1762, a man by the name of Jean Jacques witnessed the publication of one of the most influential books on political philosophy ever written. It was his book. Written in a time of political angst and religious turmoil; and already fresh in exile, (rejecting an offer to live with…

Free Chapters of The Watchers: A Dystopian Thriller

(By Aral Bereux) Although Julianna Rae’s story recalls a fictional time when the One World Order grasps the United States of America in its stranglehold, events and new technology development are based on current times. Electronic tattoos, RFID chips, hostile drones and the Social Credit System are all insidious certainties threatening our innate rights as…

Write an Ending That’s Right for Your Book

On occasion, writers try too hard to write a twist at the ending of the book. It comes in the form of a cliffhanger or departs from the audience-capturing content already written in prior chapters. The important issue at hand is don’t. Forget the cliffhanger unless you’re planning a sequel, and forget the plot twist…