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What Is Utopian Literature? Examples of Utopia Fiction

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

Many twenty-first century readers are familiar with the genre of dystopian fiction, in which stories are set in bleak worlds where the future has gone off the rails. Fortunately, dystopian fiction has a far less bleak sibling in the broader world of speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy; this sibling genre is called utopian fiction. Utopian literature has existed for decades, spanning a range of cultures and philosophies.