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The fear is now: How HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' measures up against TV's most recent dystopian dramas

Democracy has been replaced by authoritarian rule. All books, music and art deemed "inappropriate" are banned. Citizens are controlled by computers and/or robots. Free will is a thing of the past.

The best sci-fi and dystopian fantasies articulate the fears of a grim, future America that's terrifyingly close to the one we live in now, but far enough away to let our anxieties unfurl in the safety of an imaginary world.

Now that those frightening prophecies seem to be creeping closer to home, or perhaps it's home that's gradually slid in dystopia's direction, television has responded with enough shows about the

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