After a terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.
The TV show: The Handmaid's Tale is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller. The first season premiered in April 2017. In May 2017, it was renewed for a second season to premiere on April 25, 2018. The Handmaid's Tale has received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. It has also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series Drama and Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred.
Check out the following science fiction book titles (and their movies, if they have one) that revolve around dangerous dystopias and alternate histories.
Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can't escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching. There are two movie versions of Orwell's masterpiece: 1956 and ironically, 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.
Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. In 1998, a television movie was made starring Peter Gallager and Leonard Nimoy.
The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who may also hold the key to survival for the human race. In 2006, a movie was made starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
After his youthful adventures of violence, Alex finds himself in prison. When he volunteers for an experiment, the experiment leaves him physically incapable of doing wrong. When he repeatedly runs into people he has wronged in the past, his real suffering begins. Famed and controversial film director Stanley Kubrick created his own version of Burgess' masterpiece in 1971, starring Malcolm McDowell as Alex. It has become a cult classic.
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Bradbury's fiery tale will be turned into a television movie on HBO May 19, 2018.
Henry Dorsett Case was the sharpest data-thief in the Matrix until an ex-employer crippled his nervous system. Now a new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run against an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. Gibson's cyberpunk masterpiece influenced the movie The Matrix in 1999, starring Keanu Reeves.
In the future, abortion has become a crime as a series of events threatens the existence of the United States. One woman wakes up to discover that her skin color has been changed to red as punishment for having the procedure done. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile and threatening society.