Dystopian Futures That Now Seem Inevitable

Dystopian narratives seem more prescient than ever

Rod T. Faulkner
Counter Arts

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AI-generated image of a Black boy looking out over a dystopian cityscape | Image made by author using Midjourney.

As a science fiction enthusiast, it feels like dystopian narratives seem more like documentaries than fiction.

It’s made my deep appreciation for Star Trek more intense. My love stems not only from its egalitarian, inclusive vision of the far-future, but also its aspirational view that given enough time, humanity will sort itself out and unite to explore the universe.

But it now seems more evident human beings may never achieve anything close to Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic fever dream.

I’ve written about how the United States has always been a dystopia for Black people, and now this nation is embracing its fascism full-on with:

  • rolling back civil-rights progressions
  • co-opting women’s body autonomy
  • banning books
  • the introduction of draconian legislation at the state and local levels
  • electing Donald Trump
  • the desire to re-elect Donald Trump
  • enabling a total lack of accountability for the murder of innocent Black citizens at the hands of police
  • numerous attempts to completely whitewash history

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Rod T. Faulkner
Counter Arts

Proud Blerd. I write about sci-fi, fantasy, and other areas of interest. Founder of EYE ON SCI-FI Podcast. https://bio.site/eyeonscifi Chocolate lover.