"I have trouble believing in a government efficient enough to keep track of us all in the way that the government in Orwell's novel was able to do.
In terms of a terrifying glimpse into the future, I still think that Octavia Butler got it closer than the mid-20th-century dystopian novelists, Orwell and Huxley. Go read Butler's The Parable of the Sower. Go read it right now. You'll see a picture of a government that can send a ship to Mars, but can't keep the earthly world from unravelling. It will feel chillingly possible." — Kristin Berkey-Abbott.