DYSTOPIA

LET THE GAME
DO ITS WORK

J.M. Berger's short history of dystopian games and spectacles

THE TURNER LEGACY

An exploration of racist extremism in dystopian literature

WORLD GONE WRONG

A blog about dystopian fiction and radical politics

J.M. Berger is the author of Optimal, a dystopian novel about a world run by algorithms and social media. Reviewers have praised it as "gripping," "absorbing" and "brilliant storytelling."

In addition, Berger has written several nonfiction works about the dystopian fiction genre and its impact on history. These include:

  • Let the Game Do Its Work: A history of dystopian spectacles and contests, from 1878's The New Ordeal, through The Hunger Games and beyond.

  • The Turner Legacy: An exploration of the extensive racist dystopian genre that inspired the deadliest work of fiction in history, The Turner Diaries.

  • World Gone Wrong: A blog discussing important, obscure and bizarre dystopian works and related subjects.

  • J.M. Berger and Kelsey Atheron discussed dystopias -- real and imagined -- on The Loopcast recently.

  • Stay tuned for more dystopia content!