Friday, August 02, 2013

10 paranoid science fiction tales that could help you survive

At io9 Katharine Trendacosta and Amanda Yesilbas came up with a list of ten paranoid science fiction stories that could help you survive, including:
1984 by George Orwell

Orwell's dystopian masterpiece offers a lot of warnings about our complicity in our own oppression — the most distressing part of the book is not the fact that Winston is tortured or that he gives up, but that he honestly comes to love Big Brother. But perhaps more useful is the parts where people parrot that "We have always been at war with Eastasia." These are people whose own memories change with what they're told.

The Lesson: Always remember that you're an unreliable narrator.
Read about another entry on the list.

Nineteen Eighty-four is on Na'ima B. Robert's top ten list of Romeo and Juliet stories, Gabe Habash's list of ten songs inspired by books and a list of the 100 best last lines from novels. The book made Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten science fiction novels we pretend to have read, Juan E. Méndez's list of five books on torture, P. J. O’Rourke's list of the five best political satires, Daniel Johnson's five best list of books about Cold War culture, Robert Collins' top ten list of dystopian novels, Gemma Malley's top 10 list of dystopian novels for teenagers, is one of Norman Tebbit's six best books and one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It made a difference to Isla Fisher, and appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best Aprils in literature, ten of the best rats in literature, and ten of the best horrid children in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue