11 Ways The Future Could Turn Out Differently Than You Expect

Many of us, owing to an intuitive sense of where technological and social progress are taking us, have a preconceived notion of what the future will look like. But as history has continually shown, the future doesn't always go according to plan. Here are 11 ways the world of tomorrow may not unfold the way we expect. » 1/29/15 10:30am 1/29/15 10:30am

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

How Pokémon Is One Of The Creepiest Dystopian Societies Ever

Pokémon might have the reputation of a kid-friendly franchise, but under the veneer of Ash and co.'s light-hearted adventures there lies the beating heart of one of the most sinister dystopias around. Here's a few reasons as to why the Pokénation is a lot more terrifyingly dystopian than you may have thought. » 1/06/15 12:40pm 1/06/15 12:40pm

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

"How Did This Turn Into A Flirty Thing?" Amy Acker Talks Root And Shaw

The new season of Person of Interest plunged us into a dystopian A.I.-monitored world. And all of a sudden, Root is the linchpin of everything, as she helps the undercover Machine Gang. We talked to Amy Acker about Root's new role, her flirtation with Shaw, and whether Root will be meeting Samaritan's right-hand woman… » 9/29/14 4:13pm 9/29/14 4:13pm

Dystopia, USA: A Chilling Clip From Person Of Interest's Season Opener

Person of Interest season three ended with one hell of a cliffhanger: the whole country plunged into an Orwellian dystopia by a ruthless artificial intelligence. Where can we possibly go from there? Check out an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's season opener which shows how dark things can get. » 9/22/14 7:40am 9/22/14 7:40am

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

The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am 7/18/14 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

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

A Dystopian Romance Where Single People Become Animals

The Lobster, the dystopian romance movie where single people risk being turned into wild animals, just got a lot more interesting. John C. Reilly joined the cast of this English-language film from Oscar-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. » 3/31/14 3:39pm 3/31/14 3:39pm

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

Why Maze Runner's James Dashner abandoned dystopia for virtual reality

James Dashner made a huge impact with The Maze Runner, his dystopian young-adult novel which is being turned into a major movie by Fox. Now he's back with a novel about virtual reality, The Eye of Minds. We talked to Dashner about why virtual reality could replace dystopia in young-adult novels. » 10/07/13 12:44pm 10/07/13 12:44pm