While we are certainly in the most sinister timeline, there is a sliver of hope:
The best art comes from a position of adversity. The strongest works not only stand for something, they fight against something. That means over the next 4 years, we are going to see some really dark and spectacular speculative fiction. The darker the times, the brighter the dreams.
There will be a massive influx of Dystrumpian stories, songs, and art.
I humbly submit my own offering in this new mini genre, THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS:
While you're waiting for more works to hit the scene, here are three classics works of oppression I have loved.
It was a pleasure to burn...
What better story for an election where the greatest driving force was the desire to burn it all down? In a time of constant and pervasive distraction, Bradbury's perhaps most famous work deserves rekindling.
The best book I read in 2015 that (I didn't write ε-(‘ﾍ´○)┓) this is an absolutly wonderful dark and gripping tale about Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik awaiting his execution. When the drums start beating for a special prosecutor, pick up a copy of Koestler's masterwork.
I haven't read this one yet, but it has a ton of elements I find interesting. A dystopian piece about a tyranny written by Jack London in 1908? Sign me up. Will report back if I like it.
Of course these are just the titles that immediately sprang to mind when I thought about this, surely there are many I've forgotten or never read at all. What are you reading at the start of the End Times?
Also a special shoutout to Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream, which was somehow written as a prescient allegory to the Trump campaign.