Claustrophobic dystopia (5 stars) “There was nothing to do, no place to go, the city pressed in around him and every square foot of it was like this filled with people, children, noise, heat.” Make Room! Make Room! imagines the 1999 of the “future” – it was written in 1966 – where 35 million people…

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Paranoia and a slow descent into madness (4 stars) “Happiness, he thought, is knowing you got some pills.” A Scanner Darkly follows Bob Arctor, a narcotics undercover agent that lives among junkies trying to find the source of a drug named substance D, or slow death. He wears a “scrambler suit” when dealing with his…

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Brain-eating AIs revolt against Asimov’s laws (4 stars) Originally released in 1982, Software mainly follows Cobb, a retired scientist that created a race of sentient robots that took over the moon after a 2001 revolt, the boppers. Decades later, and old and alcoholic Cobb is contacted by the boppers with the promise of receiving eternal…

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