Dystopian fiction imagines worlds where dictatorships, environmental ruin, reproductive regulation and draconian immigration laws reign. But what happens when the real world starts to look startlingly similar? Authors Sally Abbott (Closing Down), James Bradley (The Silent Invasion) and Briohny Doyle (The Island Will Sink) join Maria Lewis to discuss the power of dystopian fiction. Can it help us process changes in our world? And what lessons can the uprisings of dystopian fiction teach?

Supported by Macquarie University.

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and the anthology, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012, he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year. His most recent novel is Ghost Species.