Thursday, September 15, 2011
CYBERHIVE 35: Technosexualities | We and 1984
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:27:36 -0700
Subject: We vs. 1984
To: Bill Nericcio
I've always been enchanted by and drawn to dystopian themed novels. The most canonical works like Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's 1984, Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, various works by Kurt Vonnegut and several others, are usually at the forefront of the futuristic dystopia discussion and class reading lists. Yet, all these works owe a nod to Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, published several years before all of them. Further still, Zamyatin gives credit to his contemporary, H.G. Wells, for inspiring much of the setting and circumstances within We. This blog from the Guardian (UK) compares We to 1984 and discusses the issue of creative "borrowing" by later authors.