A GUIDE TO DYSTOPIAN FICTIONS
The works summarized in this section were selected to provide a representative sampling of the wide range of dystopian fictions that have been produced by writers in various countries around the world in the past century or so. These countries include England, France, Germany, Canada, the United States, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Russia and the Soviet Union, and Somalia. The texts summarized include works of science fiction, relatively conventional satires, modernist and postmodernist experimental texts, and texts written in conventional realistic modes. While this sampling of dystopian fictions is by no means comprehensive, the range in geographies, styles, and subjects spanned by these texts indicates the diversity of modern dystopian fiction and the quite broad way dystopian fiction appears to resonate with the mind set of modern writers from a variety of cultures around the world.
Kobo Abé, whose work has sometimes been compared with that of Franz Kafka, is one of Japan's leading contemporary writers. His Inter Ice Age 4, which mixes the "popular" genres of science fiction and detective fiction, is an extremely thoughtful speculative work that convincingly demonstrates the ability of "popular" literary genres to participate in serious philosophical debates. In the book Japanese