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Ustopia [Oct. 14th, 2011|09:46 am]
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"Ustopia is a word I made up by combining utopia and dystopia – the imagined perfect society and the opposite – because, in my view, each contains a latent version of the other... But any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and – in relation to maps – what shape it is? For unless we readers can believe in the ustopia as a potentially mappable place, we will not suspend our disbelief willingly."

Utopias and dystopias each contains a latent version of the other


Any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and what shape it is?



A perfectly reasonable portmanteau term
Argh! My eyes, my eyes!


[User Picture]From: redbird
2011-10-14 11:27 am (UTC)
"Ustopia" is either gibberish, or it's a weird half-Greek, half-English way of saying "our place" and belongs on either a country cottage or the coat of arms of an insular people or nation.
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[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2011-10-14 12:16 pm (UTC)
I love the way fannish minds work! The perfect answer...
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2011-10-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
I've seen plenty of arguments over whether Brave New World is a utopia or a dystopia.

But does 1984 really contain a latent utopia?
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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2011-10-15 06:15 am (UTC)
According to Atwood: ""utopia is present, though minimally, in the form of an antique glass paperweight and a little woodland glade beside a stream". I don't find this terribly persuasive.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2011-10-15 07:42 am (UTC)
That's not utopia, that's somewhere nice.

I _think_ from that context that she means that a dystopia isn't truly dystopian unless it contains fragments of a utopia to remind people of what they're missing.

But I could be wrong, and I think she is too :->
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