June 8 in Sci-Fi History: Big Brother is Watching

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Jun 8, 2017

It was on this day in 1949 that George Orwell published his most significant book, 1984.

The book broke new ground in science fiction writing and is usually on the top of lists that include the word "dystopia." And in fact, the word "Orwellian" has come synonymous with the concept of dystopia, for better or worse. More on that here:

 

By 1989, the novel had been translated into 65 different languages, and made into plays, films, television mini-series and operas. Perhaps the most famous version was the John Hurt version made in 1984:

 

But that 1956 Michael Anderson version is also pretty bleak:

 

If you haven't read the book recently, it's actually a page-turner and reads pretty quick. Add it to your summer list, it's super-timely and deserves a second (or even first) look.

Tomorrow: Star Trek V, the not-so-final frontier.