Beginning with praise, transitioning to criticism and ultimately reaching a state of forgiveness, the panel embarks upon its ongoing Dystopian Novel Series with the granddaddy of the dystopian novel, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. (Coincidentally recorded on the podcast’s one year anniversary).
Completed in 1921 and published in 1924 (with an English translation), Zamyatin’s forging of the genre predates pretty much anything you might mistakenly argue came first. Harbor’s Metropolis or the the Fritz Lang film adaptation? Sorry. London’s The Iron Heel? Nope. Huxley’s A Brave New World? Come on, man! Trust us, we looked this shit up.
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Show Notes & Links
- We (novel)
- Yevgeny Zamyatin
- The Iron Heel by Jack London
- Metropolis by Thea von Harbou
- Metropolis (1927 film) – Fritz Lang
- Voyager Golden Record
- “The Lottery” By Shirley Jackson
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood [previous episode]
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Kurt Gödel