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A term coined to describe the converse of a [[Utopia]], showing a society considered by the author to be undesirable, for any of a number of reasons. The term was coined (by who?) by regarding the name "Utopia" (actually meaning "nowhere") as being derived from "eu-topia", for a place where everything is as it should be, hence the converse "dys-topia" for a place where this is certainly not the case. Dystopias are frequently written as warnings, or as [[Satire|satires]]; showing the results of current trends carried on to their conclusion. There is a considerable number of [[ScienceFiction|science fiction]] stories using a dystopian setting, usually set in the near future. Some famous dystopias are: * [[Brave New World]] by [[Aldous Huxley]] * [] by [[George Orwell]] * [[Fahrenheit 451]] by [[Ray Bradbury]]