Has ‘dystopic’ become a viable word?

When in a recent post I referred to “Orwell’s dystopic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four,” a reader from the Czech Republic asked when the adjective dystopic should be used instead of dystopian.

After referring to my usual authorities and giving the matter some thought, my answer is: “never.”

That’s not to say that the form dystopic isn’t to be heard and seen. I think my use of it in the article may stem from frequent reading of film criticism. Learn more.