Earthfall by Rhett C. Bruno

– By J.W. Fox – The Circuit is one of my favorite new space operas and Earthfall delivers as the final installment in the trilogy. Similar to The Expanse in some respects, it takes a dimmer view on humanity’s future and our ability to prevent interplanetary conflict. Note, none of the novels are stand alones […]

Handmaid’s Tale A Triumph

– J.W. Fox – One of the darkest dystopian shows ever made won 8 Primetime Emmy Awards. Perhaps that says something about the country’s mood. The Handmaid’s Tale dominated that night, winning Outstanding Drama Series among other major awards. Based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a near future society […]

Season Finale Moves Colony To New Phase of Story, But Still Offers Little Hope

– By Paulie Spiceflow – SPOILER ALERT: COLONY SEASON FINALE USA’s dystopian drama has explored some dark places, and it appears they are about to get darker. From hostile occupation to concentration camps, the only atrocity left is senseless genocide. If that is where we are heading, fans will need a lot of Prozac. Colony […]

Thoughtcrime 50: Nineteen Eighty-Four Revisited

  It has been 68 years since George Orwell’s classic was published. Arguably the greatest dystopian novel of all time, its insights into totalitarianism helped generations better understand the nightmares of the modern world. Nuclear weapons, communism, and technological breakthroughs reshaped the world but at the time of the novel’s publication, it was unclear what […]

Colony on the Verge of Greatness, Just Needs Hope

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Colony is a show hitting well above its weight class. Forgive the sports metaphor but there isn’t a better way to say it. The dystopian drama is head and shoulders better than its cable sci-fi competitors but has yet to gain recognition or see record-smashing ratings on USA. Better than […]

Thoughtcrime 48: Colony, The Expanse, Rebels, and More

  I return after a month hiatus to talk about Colony, The Expanse, Star Wars Rebels and more. It’s a slow time of year for movies but March looks to be very promising with Ghost in the Shell, Logan, and King on the way. Aviator’s Madbeach Wheat is the beer for the show. Join me […]

Incorporated: Thrilling Dystopian Drama or Progressive Propaganda?

– By J. W. Fox – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck joined forces once again, this time to create a dystopian drama about inequality, climate change, and corporations. The aptly named Incorporated premiered on Syfy to generally positive reviews. No stranger to social science fiction, it is obvious why Matt Damon came on board as […]

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

– By J.W. Fox – The highly touted novel The Last Girl has been on my to-read list for a while but always got bumped back. YA dystopias are on the wane and it seemed Joe Hart’s new novel was just the latest in a long line of Hunger Games/Divergent copycats. Sadly, I was right. […]

Thoughtcrime 039: A Brighter Future

  In these dark times of war, recession, and elections, I thought I’d take some time to cheer you up. This episode is my case for a brighter future, one where we will live like the people of Star Trek’s Federation. Happier, healthier, wiser, freer and more prosperous than ever before! See Links Below for […]