There has been a lot of postulating amongst writers lately about the rise and eventual fall of the dystopian market. I've seen writers talking about shelving half –finished projects for fear that the dystopian market has hit a plateau, while some are just delving in, refusing to be a slave to writing trends. Others are calling for more sci-fi, less soldier-based works that walk the narrow line of possibility.
This topic is of particular interest to me as several of my writer friends are currently neck deep in dystopian projects. No doubt the publishing market is insanely competitive, and your manuscript has to be original in order to stand out from the rest of the slush pile, but that's nothing new. YA Contemporary, Dystopian, Paranormal, Sci-fi . . . no matter what your poison, your WIP needs to be utterly amazing to get the official nod.
So I guess what I am asking is do you think the dystopian market has reached it’s peak? Is the genre so inundated with one particular set of themes that editors are screaming for something original? Maybe the day of the post-war, children-revolting-against-government-control market is saturated, opening the gate for those who write more speculative based dystopian fiction.