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George Orwell

One of the most famous English novelists and journalists, George Orwell is most famous for his dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), along with his allegory about totalitarianism, Animal Farm (1945). He is universally known since these books are frequently standard reading in high school or college classes. What may not be appreciated is that his work can certainly be considered speculative fiction, albeit with a very strong political warning. Almost every dystopian novel since owes a debt to his work, along with Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (1924) and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932).

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Nineteen Eighty-Four: A powerful and prescient warning

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Along with Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, first published in 1949, is the one of the most powerful and important dystopian novels ever written, and unquestionably a work of science fiction thanks to its depiction of a future totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of its citizens’ mental and physical existence. It’s hard to imagine any educated person in the English-speaking world who hasn’t heard the terms Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, and Newspeak, even if they’re not sure exactly what the terms mean. It’s also likely that many readers were exposed to Nineteen Eighty-Four in high school English or Humanities classes,... Read More