It's no secret that I was a teen in the 1960's (what a ride that was!) And, the '50's, 60's, & early 70's had more than its share of dystopian music, books, and movies that made major impressions on me. I have no doubt that subconsciously some of these influenced my mindset that eventually let to writing dystopia
Here are a few songs that may (or may not) have lodged in my subconscious..
For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield (I saw them live in the late '60s)
Zager And Evans - In The Year 2525 (this song totally creeped me out when I 1st heard it)
Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire (yeah... it's still so relevant - and that's sad)
(btw - the line in 2525 - "everything you think, do, or say, is in the pill you took today" - reminds me of MEMENTO NORA)
A few books...
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (what is not to love about Bradbury?)
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (fellow Hoosier!)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (no, it was not a school assignment! I was reading for enjoyment.)
And some movies (spawned mostly by books...)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick via Anthony Burgess's book) (great made-up slang! - no matter what some reviewers say! :) )
Logan's Run (Michael Anderson, book by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson) (young Michael York = hotness!)
2001, A Space Odessey (Kubrick again, screenplay by Arthur C. Clarke) (not necessarily considered dystopian, but, OMG - HAL = terror )
Okay - I'm guessing if you're here on the League's blog, you love dystopia in all its forms... What has influenced you in your reading / listening / watching?