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10 of Literature’s Most Evil Corporations

There’s nothing inherently evil in the basic structure of a corporation.

It’s just a particular type of business organization that’s been too frequently co-opted by folks who just can’t seem to care about their fellow humans

So, it’s no wonder that novelists have crafted some remarkably evil corporations.

I’m fairly sure I don’t need to educate anyone on the ever-present dangers we all face, daily, from real-life corporations.

Yet, I wonder how many of you realize that certain corporations are quite near to completely ruling our world?

I’ll begin the list of 10 literary corporations with FlavorWire‘s, 7 Chillingly Evil Corporations in Literature:

Rachel Cantor’s A Highly Unlikely Scenario — a future where fast food corporations run the world

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park — a corporation that creates horrifically dangerous beasts

Don DeLillo’s White Noise — a pharmaceutical company that has a pill that makes people lose their fear of death

Any corporation — in any William Gibson book ( making the count more than 10 :-)

Frank Herbert’s Dune — one entity controling the economy of the entire cosmos

Steven King’s Dark Tower series — corporations that produce weapons and/or robots

Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 — corporations that handle defense contracting

Numbers 8 and 9, which I’m rather surprised FlavorWire didn’t mention, are both in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas — one foisting flawed nuclear plants and another that clones slaves.

The 10th corporation is in my own short novel (though my co-author claims it’s not a novel ), Notes from An Alien, which you can have Free

My corporation is so evil I couldn’t stop writing about it after my novel was finished.

In my special series of posts, Behind The Scenes, where I’ve added material not in the published novel, many of the 38 posts are about various aspects of that astonishingly evil corporate planet.

So, if you know of any other evil corporations from books you’ve read, please share in the Comments
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2 responses to “10 of Literature’s Most Evil Corporations

  1. Jane Watson January 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Reflecting on books that I have read that contain evil corporations was an extremely interesting exercise. At first I thought I would look for modern day representations and found them in such books as “Never Let Me go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro and ‘Benefits’ by Zoe Fairbairns. But then I realised that there was another kind of representation that was more insidious – sometimes the corporation is invisible but its influence is still there – because that’s how these corporations work :-) I was thinking then about books like ‘A Thousand Acres’ by Jane Smiley- if I recollect correctly, in this book we never see the corporation who produces the fertiliser that leaches into the water that causes women in the local farming area to miscarry their pregnancy but they are still present in the final harm. Finally I came to realise that we have been reading about this kind of entity since writing began… I cast my mind back to Dickens – surely the workhouse is no benevolent organisation and who can forget Jarndyce and Jarndyce, the legal firm in Bleak House, which drags out the resolution of the beneficiaries lawsuit for generations…:-


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