I got into a discussion recently about dystopian fiction and post apocalyptic fiction. I prefer the latter, maybe because dystopian fiction really scares me. Something about the repressive societies depicted, think Orwell’s 1984, just isn’t fun for me. Post apocalyptic fiction often depicts harsh living conditions and scary lawlessness, but I guess I would almost always pick personal freedom over being required to conform.
This got me thinking about the many different versions of the future depicted in books and movies. Fiction requires conflict, so there is always trouble of some sort brewing. But which version of the future would be you least want to live in? Would it be the mandatory early death dome society of Logan’s Run or the zombie apocalypse of The Walking Dead?
After giving it some thought, I’m thinking the world in the Chronicles of Riddick would top my list. Even if you discount the nasty necromongers vanquished in the film, you still have whole races (the Furians) that have been destroyed, terrible ice planets, bounty hunters at every turn, and underground prison worlds. Not much to recommend it in my book.
What fictional future would you least like to call home and why?