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Anarchism and science fiction
A reading and viewing list
"the finest list of anarchist science fiction available"
Margaret Killjoy, ed. (2009) Mythmakers & Lawbreakers. Anarchist writers on fiction
"a fascinating attempt to catalogue books, TV shows and movies that link anarchism and the genre of science fiction. [ . . . ] It's a great chance for you to explore anarchist ideas. Let the reading begin."
Kate Sharpley Library, on Facebook
Ian Bone (2009) 'Introduction' to his edition of Fawcett's Hartmann the Anarchist
Science fiction is inescapably the most suitable genre for speculation about an anarchist or libertarian (left or right) future, and utopian fiction is itself sometimes seen as a sub-genre of sf. As such sf has long been attractive to anarchist readers. There is, too, a natural tendency to view space, and space exploration, as a metaphor for the freedom so dear to anarchists. But this is not to say that science fiction is in itself quintessentially anarchist. This website seeks only to explore such science fiction as has been created by anarchists or anarchist sympathisers, has been subject to notice by anarchist critics, or indeed has been attacked by anarchist critics. Just an anarchist take on sf, if you like.
This listing will never be complete, I'm glad to say. For this reason there's now also a page listing large numbers of possible additions, which I haven't yet had the time to read.
The list is no longer restricted to written sf, but includes films that may be of interest to anarchists (also not yet complete), as well as TV programmes and series.
There's probably a degree of in-built bias against anarcho-capitalism, free-market anarchism, and the libertarian right, though some works with this orientation are included. None have been deliberately excluded.
In the list, an beside a title means an item's particularly recommended by me. See my hotlist, for these recommendations only. At present this only includes books: while there are a number of films listed that I would definitely include on a personal hotlist, this isn't sufficient reason to include them in this thematic list.
Anarchists on the genre of sf is a compilation of short quotes from anarchist writers on the subject of sf (and utopian fiction).
The bibliography is almost entirely restricted to works referred to in the text, with exceptions where seen as significant. Fuller bibliographies have been archived by the anarchysf Internet mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org, lists.mutualaid.org/mailman/listinfo/anarchysf.
Corrections, and suggestions for future additions, can be made to: Ben Beck.
Authors by surname, films by title: 0 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Possibles
Anarchists on the genre of sf
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These pages were last revised on 2018-09-17.
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