NEW YORK (June 12, 2013)—Sales of such dystopian classics as George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" have picked up since news broke last week about U.S. government surveillance programs targeting phones and Internet records.
Several editions of Orwell's "1984," about an all-seeing government, were among Amazon.com's top 200 sellers as of Wednesday morning and Huxley's story of a mindless future ranked No. 210 and was out of stock.
A perennial favorite of futuristic horror, Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," was ranked No. 75.
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