Full record for dystopian adj.

Definition of or pertaining to a dystopia
OED requirements antedating 1953
Earliest cite Damon Knight in 'Science Fiction Adventures'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Damon Knight's review column in Science Fiction Adventures.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1962

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for dystopian adj.

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1953 D. Knight Dissecting Table in Sci. Fiction Adventures July 117 Proteus, like many a dystopian hero before him, becomes increasingly uneasy about the elite to which he belongs and eventually winds up involved in an attempt to overthrow it.
1990 Thrust Winter 8/2 This worst-case scenario for a future Australia evokes most of our dystopian dreads.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 70/1 There were utopian and dystopian visions, pessimistic as well as optimistic views of the future.
1992 Locus Aug. 17/2 This ecological/spiritual concern pervaded a plot that had wry overtones of fairytale and sudden shocks of dystopian disaster.
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 5 Certainly the strongly overt messages of '70's feminist SF and the feminist utopian/dystopian novels of the '80's represented clear trends.
1993 SFRA Rev. May 49 To objectify humanistic concerns by examining within utopian and dystopian SF nuclei which may influence future lifestyles for example.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 383 The Québécois SF literature of this era is often very dystopian in character.
1993 Omni Oct. 6/3 The movies also echo the old Puritan jeremiad when they issue prophecies of a dystopian future.
1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Sci. Fict. that Sells xix. 211 Even in the darkest dystopian science fiction stories, there is hope for the future.
1994 J. Morrow Nebula Awards 28 52, I conceived a dystopian novel about the problem of human aggression.
2001 Locus June 13/3 Paul J. McAuley delivered Whole Wide World , ‘a crime novel about ultrasurveillance and cybersex [with] a thread of dystopian SF running through it’.
2001 Locus June 15/2 Alec arrives in a huge hall where all the children are tested and then assigned the career roles they will adopt in life. It's a classic dystopian SF situation.