Someone Is Writing The Ultimate Generic Dystopian YA Novel On Twitter

We love young adult science fiction, but even we have to admit that sometimes, it can feel like dystopian novels are following a bit script. The new Twitter account @DystopianYA is poking a bit of fun at some of the more common conventions of the genre. » 2/11/15 4:40pm 2/11/15 4:40pm

Bong Joon-ho Explains Why Snowpiercer's Violence Is So "Explosive"

At long last, the acclaimed post-apocalyptic film Snowpiercer is coming to select U.S. theaters this weekend. We were lucky enough to sit down with director Bong Joon-ho for an exclusive interview, and he unraveled the movie's themes and the reasons for its unique visual style. » 6/25/14 1:38pm 6/25/14 1:38pm

The Shiny, Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic K-Pop Future

Korean pop music is rigorously produced, stunningly choreographed and filled with beautiful people. Most K-Pop groups are manufactured through contests and production companies looking to capitalize on swoon-worthy heartthrobs. So when this effervescent music turns to dystopian and post-apocalyptic motifs, things… » 6/12/13 11:00am 6/12/13 11:00am

Proof that the End of the World Doesn't Have to be Boring

The era of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels for young adults may be winding down at last — but one of the best thing to come out of the trend has only just arrived. The anthology After, from editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, is one of the most dazzling collections of stories we've read in ages. » 11/29/12 2:59pm 11/29/12 2:59pm

The FP is the world's first dystopian DDR gang war movie

On paper, the Trost Brothers' dystopian comedy The FP has all the trappings of an instant cult classic: a loving sendup of '70s and '80s movies complete with absurdly costumed gang warriors, heaps of self-aware slang, training montages, and low-stakes battles treated as life-or-death situations. As an added bonus,… » 3/16/12 9:00am 3/16/12 9:00am

In the webcomic Power Nap, nobody ever sleeps except one doomed man

College Roomies from Hell!!! creator Maritza Campos has unleashed her crazy brain in a new webcomic Power Nap, which depicts a future where no one sleeps and everyone works — all the time — and one man who can't keep his eyes open. » 7/30/11 7:00am 7/30/11 7:00am

The Kirby-inspired post-apocalyptic adventures of “American Barbarian”

American Barbarian is a gleeful homage to comics great Jack Kirby by way of the post-apocalyptic barbarian genre – with robotic dinosaurs, a Pharaonic immortal with tanks for feet, and a red-white-and-blue-haired barbarian who must fight them all. » 5/21/11 9:15am 5/21/11 9:15am

When invaders occupy Cleveland, life in Dayton becomes very…

Add another forthcoming book to the growing list of novels about the collapse of the U.S. Martha Moody, author of Best Friends and The Office of Desire, just sold a dystopian-sounding novel, Sharp and Dangerous Virtues, to Ohio University Press. » 4/15/11 7:30am 4/15/11 7:30am

In the dystopian future, the worst punishment is being impaled on a…

This is the greatest scene in cinematic history. A dystopian overlord is getting his face whacked with a flogger by his personal dominatrix, when a hapless underling interrupts him. So the dominatrix teaches him a lesson... with fists and nipples. » 1/26/11 7:24pm 1/26/11 7:24pm

There's no dystopia as campy as a post-Rapture dystopia

Now that we know the Rapture is coming on May 21, it's time to prepare. So what will life be like after the Rapture? Judging from this awesome post-Rapture movie, it'll be just like other dystopian futures... only campier. » 1/12/11 6:01pm 1/12/11 6:01pm

RoboCop Jr. defends dystopian Detroit

When his son decided that he wanted to be RoboCop for Halloween, this dad didn't just make him a crafty cyborg suit. He also took his son on a photoshoot through the dystopian streets of Detroit. » 10/29/10 12:30pm 10/29/10 12:30pm

Forget Blade Trinity, Daybreakers' Vampire Blood Farm is Creeptastic

The new poster for futuristic vampire film Daybreakers gives us a closer look at the creepy, Matrix-like blood farm, where the remnants of humanity provide fresh blood for the vampires who run the world. » 10/14/09 11:13am 10/14/09 11:13am

Robin Hood Gets a Dystopian Makeover

If you've ever thought that the story of Robin Hood could use fewer arrows and more futuristic gunfire, you're in luck. A new film plans to bring the classic tale of oppression and rebellion to a dystopian future. » 8/07/09 8:40am 8/07/09 8:40am

Battle Angel Alita Could Be Next for the Avatar Treatment

With Avatar nearly in the can, James Cameron is looking toward the next subject for his 3D motion-capture lens. And he's considering the move from sexy blue aliens to sexy cyborgs with an animated adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. » 7/31/09 3:00pm 7/31/09 3:00pm

Wall-E, Social Critic

The most controversial movie of the summer... Wall-E? That's what one writer is claiming. The G-rated animated movie presents a dire image of a morbidly obese human race, crammed into giant spaceships and exhorted to ever greater depths of over-consumption by signs saying "DO YOUR PART, FILL YOUR CART." (Remember… » 3/13/08 10:50am 3/13/08 10:50am

Worst Possible Outfits for the Apocalypse

When society implodes, women need to make themselves easy zombie targets, so the boys can run to the hills and get weaponized. That seems to be the point of a lot of self-proclaimed post-apocalyptic fashion, at least. From floor-length hobble skirts with a million straps to straitjackets to kinky boots, the clothes in… » 3/12/08 1:30pm 3/12/08 1:30pm

Liquid Supercomputer Has A Meltdown

Zero, the supercomputer from Rollerball, looks 10,000 times cooler than most scifi computers of the 1970s, with their giant tape spools. But it suffers from that typical 60s and 70s problem — the crazy monotone freakout — when Rollerball champion Jonathan E. wants to ask for information about the Corporate Wars. It… » 2/25/08 12:15pm 2/25/08 12:15pm

Norway Builds Giant Shelter For The End Of The World

Norway's "Doomsday Vault" will open tomorrow, just in time to safeguard our biodiversity against the apocalypse. Carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, about 620 miles from the North Pole, the vault has been built to withstand nuclear missiles or a plane crash on top of it, but it's also far enough… » 2/25/08 10:23am 2/25/08 10:23am

What Utopian Scenario Will Totally Come True Soon?

Everybody's sick of dystopian futures and bleak predictions. Whatever happened to science fiction's tradition of sunny optimism and can-do cheerfulness? Just because our population is exploding, our consumer economy is dependent on the waning availability of cheap oil and our oceans are dying, is no reason to be… » 2/22/08 12:00pm 2/22/08 12:00pm

Viggo Takes Young Wolverine On "The Road"

The movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic bestseller The Road is roaring ahead, with the casting of Kodi Smit-McPhee (pictured) as the son of Viggo Mortensen's character. Smit-McPhee also plays the young Logan in the Wolverine solo movie. The Road starts filiming next month in Pittsburgh (possibly the… » 1/30/08 3:00pm 1/30/08 3:00pm