Honey Mae C

Graphic designer. Gardener. Lifelong learner.



"WE" Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921) Re-imagined

"Along with Jack London's The Iron HeelWe is generally considered to be the grandfather of the satirical futuristic dystopia genre" (Wikipedia). Rumored to have influenced both Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. 

I'm fascinated with dystopian sci-fi books/stories. We is as timely today, in the age of Edward Snowden, et al., as it was in Zamyatin's day during the Soviet era. 

Book Description: "In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. Primitive passions and instincts have been subdued. Even nature has been defeated, banished behind the Green Wall. But one frontier remains: outer space. Now, with the creation of the spaceship Integral, that frontier -- and whatever alien species are to be found there -- will be subjugated to the beneficent yoke of reason. One number, D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts in the final days before the launch for the benefit of less advanced societies. But a chance meeting with the beautiful 1-330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery -- or rediscovery -- of innerspace...and that disease the ancients called the soul."

Below are the various cover versions over the years: 


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