A-1: Next Chapter for Dystopian Lit

Easy Reader Dystopian, Fiction, Stars

Today’s book lovers are hungry for stories of dark, dystopian futures. Novels like “1984,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Parable of the Sower” are hard to keep in stock these days.

But what’s inspiring the next generation of dystopian narratives? We assemble a panel of authors to talk about how current events, national politics, and international relations inspire their new works and appeal to an audience with an affinity for apocalyptic endings.


  • Cory Doctorow Science fiction author, co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.
  • N.K. Jemisin Bestselling author of the “Inheritance” series and the “Broken Earth” trilogy. She’s won the Hugo Award for the past two years.
  • Paolo Bacigalupi Bestselling author of more than a half-dozen books, including “The Wind-Up Girl” and “The Water Knife”
  • Omar el Akkad Award-winning journalist and author of “American War”