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The 20 best dystopian novels

Humanity aims for constant progress; movement towards a superior standard of living.

But what happens when everything goes wrong instead? A mainstay of science fiction writing over the years has been to speculate about a future which has taken a distinct turn for the worse. There's no beautiful end point, only a joyless, dysfunctional dystopia.

We take a look at the 20 greatest novels focusing on the darker side of life.

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