Maybe not Classics Club material, but a stack of 50 boooks to put on my to-read list.
This fascinating list originally appeared at Fantastic Metropolis. Add any that you were expecting to see in the thread below…
Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read
By China Miéville
January 23, 2002
This is not a list of the “best” fantasy or SF. There are huge numbers of superb works not on the list. Those below are chosen not just because of their quality—which though mostly good, is variable—but because the politics they embed (deliberately or not) are of particular interest to socialists. Of course, other works—by the same or other writers—could have been chosen: disagreement and alternative suggestions are welcomed. I change my own mind hour to hour on this anyway.
Iain M. Banks—Use of Weapons (1990)
Socialist SF discussing a post-scarcity society. The Culture are “goodies” in narrative and political terms, but here issues of cross-cultural guilt and manipulation complicate the story from…
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