Can we make our world perfect? Writers seems to think not. From classic literature through contemporary times, authors have used dystopian themes to reflect society's ails. Maybe a book written decades ago reflected concerns about encroaching technologies. A satire could highlight changing mores-such as the push for women's rights in the 1970s. Modern dystopian novels play into our fears for the existence of humankind based on science, politics, and gender roles. Take a perfect world, throw in free thought, and pretty soon you will have an uprising leading to revolution and eventual destruction. Good times!

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