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Book The Pedestrian
Anthem was published in the United Kingdom in 1938, but the U.S. edition was delayed until 1946, following the success of The Fountainhead. Anthem is Rand's Dystopian story about a new Dark Age in which technological advances are carefully planned, and individualism is suppressed. "I" has been replaced by "we." A young man known as "Equality 7-2521" is caught conducting secret science research, he and his girlfriend escape to the forest where they hatch a plan to create a new society based on individualism. Rand expanded the work into a novella; her original intention was as a screenplay.
Book D source code The Fixed Period
The Fixed Period (1882) is Trollope's satirical Dystopian novel dealing with euthanasia to solve the problem of the aged. Set in the Republic of Britannula, a fictional island near New Zealand in the year 1980, it's narrated by the country's president, Neverbend, who as his name implies, sticks to enforcing "The Law" even as aging citizens begin to resist it. Interestingly, Trollope himself was 67 when he wrote the novel, the exact age it prescribes mandatory retirement, and one year to prepare for death.
Book Octet Stream A Modern Utopia
A Modern Utopia (1905) is Wells' hybrid between fiction and philosophical discussion, reviewed as: "a conscious attempt to describe a utopia that is not utopian." Wells was unsatisfied with his earlier writings on the subject, proclaiming this as his last novel of its type, intended to "settle accounts with a number of issues." Don't let "Utopia" in the title fool you: "I have written into it as well as I can the heretical metaphysical skepticism upon which all my thinking rests."