A Guide To Visual Symmetry In Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

One reason why director Stanley Kubrick is a legend is because of his beautiful shots, which feature symmetrical framing, or one-point-perspective — which means that all lines lead to a single point in the distance. We've made a supercut of all the scenes with one-point perspective in the legendary A Clockwork Orange… » 1/27/15 3:05pm 1/27/15 3:05pm

Discover House Of Stairs, One Of The Most Underrated YA Dystopias

When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The Giver. City of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator, librarian Mina Hong tells io9. » 1/19/15 11:52am 1/19/15 11:52am

Find Out How Spademan Gets In Over His Head In The Shovel Ready Sequel

In Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready, we met Spademan, an assassin in a toxic New York who takes out the trash, if the price is right. In Sterbergh's dystopian future, the rich hide out in a virtual-reality paradise, the Limn, while everyone else is trapped in Hell. Here's a first look at the sequel, Near Enemy. » 1/12/15 2:43pm 1/12/15 2:43pm

In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am 11/21/14 9:00am

With Part III, Atlas Shrugged Becomes An Awesome, Torrid Romance

Like The Hobbit, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was too awesome to adapt as just one movie. And now at last, the movie trilogy is complete. And the third movie is by far the most entertaining, because it focuses on the torrid romance between railroad genius Dagny Taggart and the dreamy, lion-coiffed John Galt. Spoilers… » 9/12/14 2:51pm 9/12/14 2:51pm

Could An Evil Mega-Corporation Ever Exist In Real Life?

Dystopian stories are full of evil corporations that rule the world. But writers seldom explain how they rose to power in the first place. Could an amoral mega-corp really exist? We talked to a couple experts to find out. The good news: It probably couldn't happen. Bad news: We may already be getting something worse. » 9/04/14 9:00am 9/04/14 9:00am

Kylie and Kendall Jenner's YA Novel Has Nothing But 1-Star Reviews

Kylie and Kendall Jenner, two of the younger Kardashian sisters, published their long-awaited dystopian young-adult novel, the double-colonic Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. And the early reviews are... not exactly raves. » 6/05/14 12:14pm 6/05/14 12:14pm

Thai Military Threatens To Arrest People For Doing Hunger Games Salute

The three-finger salute which Katniss Everdeen does in The Hunger Games has become a real-life symbol of resistance to the military coup in Thailand. To the point where the ruling junta has said it may arrest people for doing it, if they're in a large group and refuse to lower their arms. » 6/04/14 1:23pm 6/04/14 1:23pm

In Continuum's Dystopian Future, There Are Monsters On Both Sides

Last night's episode of Continuum was bleak and kind of disturbing. And even though Kiera seems to draw the conclusion that "I'm not asleep any more," it feels as though she's really just traded one fanatical trance for another. Spoilers ahead... » 5/17/14 4:20pm 5/17/14 4:20pm

That Moment When We All Realized Judge Dredd Was Not Going To Deliver

Jeez, Judge Dredd is actually worse than I'd remembered. Especially after watching Dredd, which does Mega-City One's greatest lawman properly. Here's the scene where you might think, for a second, that this is at least going to be a fun ride. And then... campmageddon! » 4/28/14 11:06pm 4/28/14 11:06pm

Karen Russell's Imaginary Nonprofit Saves The World But Costs Your Soul

There's been a wave of fiction about an insomnia epidemic, as if some collective anxiety is bubbling up. Most recently, Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon freaked us out. But Karen Russell's new novella "Sleep Donation" is still something pretty unique: a look at people in the nonprofit sector, struggling with insoluble… » 4/18/14 4:37pm 4/18/14 4:37pm

The Most Fascinating Media Memes In The Wake of Divergent's Success

Divergent had a respectable opening weekend box office — not as high as some had predicted, but high enough to justify a sequel. And everybody had to have their own take on the cultural significance of this film, from the Hillary Clinton factor to its role as capitalist propaganda. » 3/24/14 4:11pm 3/24/14 4:11pm

Divergent Is A Ridiculously Fun Story Of Social Engineering Gone Mad

At first glance, Divergent sounds like a more contrived version of Hunger Games. In a dark dystopian future, everybody is required to have just one personality trait. Like Smurfs. Or the Seven Dwarfs. But the film version does a good job of revealing how this story is actually about social engineering. Plus, it's… » 3/21/14 9:00am 3/21/14 9:00am

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 9:00am 3/14/14 9:00am

All the Signs that Divergent Might Be Your Next Dystopian Joyride

We were invited to the set of Divergent, the next dystopian future movie for teens. We saw the dark future Chicago, and learned how director Neil Burger would bring this beloved book to life. Here's everything we saw on the Divergent set. » 10/24/13 11:42am 10/24/13 11:42am

Everybody's gone crazy on Continuum, and futureshock is to blame!

In last night's episode of Continuum, the whole town of Vancouver goes bonkers. It's basically a total political/social meltdown, precipitated by the internetz. But really, all this madness is just various forms of future-shock, because the future is arriving ahead of schedule. Spoilers ahead... » 8/17/13 11:00am 8/17/13 11:00am

The Weirdest Urban Ecosystems On Earth

Cities are havens for weirdness. From communities built around garbage to dogs that ride the subway, urban environments have fostered all manner of weird patterns. Here are the 10 freakiest urban ecosystems on the planet. » 6/30/13 2:00pm 6/30/13 2:00pm

Criminologists explain why RoboCop, Dredd and Running Man make sense

Yesterday's dystopian thrillers about crime-fighting are tomorrow's perfectly rational solutions to the crime problem. At least, that's what a bunch of criminologists told The Atlantic. » 6/07/13 11:40am 6/07/13 11:40am

The Purge could be this year's most hamfisted political movie

In The Purge, a suburban family is put through hell because right wingers came up with a plan to eliminate the poor and the sick. And we all come face to face with how broken the American dream really is. Yadda yadda. Basically, it's like this year's Atlas Shrugged or Now: a clunky and implausible political screed in… » 6/07/13 9:00am 6/07/13 9:00am