The basic definition of ‘dystopia’ is: a society characterised by human misery, in a repressive and controlled state, often in the guise of being utopian (an ideal or ‘perfect’ world).
In literature, dystopia falls into the speculative fiction genres, in particular science fiction. Some well-known examples of dystopian fiction are H.G. Wells’ ‘Time Machine’; George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and most recently ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
There is often a degree of blurring between this form of speculative fiction and the post-apocalyptic sub-genre, and, coincidentally (well,not really because otherwise we wouldn’t be including this on our blog) we have several ideas and WIPs loitering in our writing files for both these sub-genres.
Our purely dystopian WIP, is the epic brainchild of Loz (aka the L. Tow portion of the name). Complete with its intricate laws, culture, political system, and accompanied by map sketches of a very complex, er, complex, I do believe ‘epic’ is a perfectly valid term for her creation.