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Writing Prompts: Post-Apocalyptic Utopia


(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

There’s been an apocalyptic event. Nearly everything’s wrecked. Write about a utopian society there. How did they manage to make utopia possible when dystopia would have been easier?

Some thoughts:

For reference, a lot of the stories told as part of the Star Trek universe center on just such a society. People do argue that the Federation is actually more dystopian than it first appears, but to me, it has several compelling utopian elements irrespective of the possibility of co-existing dystopian elements.

Trying times can pull people apart, but has often brought people together. Think of how people come together in a crisis. They don’t look at one another as strangers; they see fellow beings in trouble and they care about and for one another.

Quite the fertile ground for the seeds of utopia. :)


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3 Responses to Writing Prompts: Post-Apocalyptic Utopia

  1. francenestanley says:

    I write about a group of people who come together after the Great Flood with my co-writer in the published Higher Ground series, the first being Wind Over Troubled Waters. Your idea of people supporting each other is just what the novels are all about.
    During WW2, the British people supported each other through their ordeal, which brings the best out in individuals.

  2. Amy says:

    And hopefully it’ll just be fiction . . .

  3. sophiebowns says:

    Ah, this is a great idea. I sometimes struggle when attempting to write a new fiction idea!

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