This anthology contains the following dystopian works:
- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- The Iron Heel by Jack London
- Erewhon, or Over The Range by Samuel Butler
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
A dystopia is an unpleasant (typically repressive) society, often propagandized as being utopian. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction states that dystopian works depict a negative view of "the way the world is supposedly going in order to provide urgent propaganda for a change in direction."