Given our political climate, there have been all sorts of reevaluations of classic political dystopias, from It Can’t Happen Here to 1984 to The Plot Against America.
It got me thinking. What’s the most prescient book you’ve ever read? Which book was ahead of its time in predicting where society is going?
There are lots that I can think of, but for a recent example I’d have to go with Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, the novel that blended the commercialization of everything with the concept of “whuffie,” social currency that now feels incredibly apt in the social media era.
What about you?
I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and consultations! And if you like this post, check out my guide to writing a novel.
Art: Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse