Prof. Rilla, have you read the classic one Fahnrenheit 451
?? It was written by Ray Bradbury, and this novel narrates about a future in which books are prohibited and the job of firemen is to burn all the books that they find! That is definately a future I would never like to see! Take my books, and you take away my life!
Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
, is also quite good! There are some short stories in that book that really leave you thinking if you like dystopian novels.
I have always related dystopias with science fiction, and the following author has written some of them, that are not precisely dystopias but they talk about the future but taking it from a humanistic point of view, and it actually gives you hope. The author is Theodore Sturgeon, and the particular book I am talking about is The Dreaming Jewels
.From Sturgeon, there's also a short story titled Special Aptitude
, that is simply LOVE!! It narrates about an outerspace journey, with a special mission to find the Venus Crystals, however in order to reach them they have to face the Gabblers, some threating-look creatures. The ending is not what you would expect and the main character, Slopes, is endearing, and it teaches us such a great lesson
So if you like science fiction, and reading about perspectives of the future, I would recommend these two reading by Theodore Sturgeon