Fictional cities of dystopia – Updated

Often, dystopian tales involve the entire planet, particular nations, or recognizable cities like New York, Los Angeles, or London. However, a fair number of them are centered in a fictional city or town. The list below identifies those cities, along with the book, movie, or program that contains the story, the author, and the date of original publication. As I have not read or seen all dystopian stories, any additions or corrections to this list a most welcome. Enjoy!

  • Amalgamation – from A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19– by Jerome B. Holgate (1835
  • Artemis – Artemis by Andy Weir (2017) – added 11/14/17
  • Bay City – from Altered Carbon on Netflix (2018) added 2/3/18
  • Capitol – from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (2008)
  • Co-Op City – from The Running Man by Stephen King (a.k.a. Richard Bachman) (1982)
  • Diaspar – from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke (1956)
  • Ember – from The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (2003)
  • Fort Beulah, VT – from It’s Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
  • Fort Repose, FL – from Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (1959)
  • Gotham City – from Batman comics, programs, and movies
  • Macondo – from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – added 11/6/17
  • Medio Cityfrom Sky City by R.D. Hale – added 11/7/17
  • Megasaki – from the film Isle of Dogsadded 4/14/18
  • Neo Yokio – from Neo Yokio on Netflix (2017)
  • NIKE 14 – from Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (2017) – added 11/9/17
  • Perdido Beach, CA – from Gone by Michael Grant (2008)
  • Ilium, NY – from Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (1952)
  • Metropolis – from Metropolis by Thea von Harbou (1925)
  • Omelas – from The One Who Walks Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin (1973)
  • Padukgrad – from Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov (1947)
  • Reverie – from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (2012)
  • Silo – from Wool by Hugh Howey (2011)
  • The City of Gold – from The Tripods series by John Christopher (1967)
  • Thneedville – from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1972) – added 11/29/17
  • Union Grove, NY – from World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (2008)

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