I am writing a comparative analysis paper of Walden Two and Brave New World from a political theory perspective. What I was wondering is if there is a term for these kinds of work which bridges the negative/positive divide? In other words, utopia doesn't describe BNW, and dystopia doesn't describe W2, yet I need a term which describes both books.

Any literature analysis folks have suggestions or know what the commonly used term for this kind of work is?

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    I just made a quick google search but I found that latin word "topia" can be used or "landscape". Also there is this website explains more affixes.org/t/-topia.html Maybe you can mentioned it in a sentence something like this: They dream living in some kind of weird topia in their heads. Not good not bad, just their place that they imagine.
    – Grizzly
    May 12, 2016 at 4:16
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    Make a big deal of the fact that the u in utopia is not the opposite of dys in dystopia. Then adopt utopia as your general term and coin eutopia for the antonym of dystopia. Make sure the rest of your paper makes no sense, and you'll have the literature analysis folks declaring you a genius.
    – deadrat
    May 12, 2016 at 8:00
  • Possibly: Negative Utopia, or Positive Dystopia, Cracked Utopia, Dolustopia (Latin dolus = deceitful)
    – user193059
    Aug 27, 2016 at 12:58

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As a native speaker of North American English, I would likely call them Alternative Societies.

Speculative Fiction would be appropriate as well, and the term is now widely understood, though usually in a broader context.

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