May 19, 2024

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Word of the Day: dystopia

Word of the Day: dystopia

The word dystopia has appeared in 75 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 10 in the book review “Which Is More Terrifying: Nature or Other People?” by Nicole Flattery:

In Ray Nayler’s exceedingly ambitious THE MOUNTAIN IN THE SEA (456 pp., Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28), another kind of orphan attempts to unravel the mystery of their existence — and also, with more difficulty, that of all life on earth. Evrim is an android whose job is to aid Dr. Ha Nguyen, a marine biologist, in the search for a society of octopuses in Vietnam’s Con Dao archipelago that are exhibiting signs of extraordinary intelligence. In this unsettlingly relatable world, DIANIMA, an international tech company attempting to capitalize on Nguyen’s research, stands in for, well, all rapacious tech companies. The dystopia Nayler captures is resolutely believable: Poorly paid workers with no time for real attachments are in “pseudo-relationships” with computer-generated “constructs” who become humans’ reflections without the challenges or rewards of actual intimacy; megalomaniacs cheerfully colonize every corner of the world; and technological advances are relentlessly pursued without any thought of the human consequences.

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