Nicholas P. Oakley: The Watcher (2013)
"The Watcher, set in the anarchist Confederation universe, examines issues raised by ‘primitivist’ or green anarchist theory by considering the ethical and sociological implications of a culture that rejects technology but tries to remain free." (author's blog) One of Teflon's essential anarchist sf novels.
John October (pseudonym of Christopher Portway): The Anarchy Pedlars (1976)
Despite the title, has nothing to do with anarchism.
Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death (2010)
Malka Older: Infomocracy (2016)
Debut novel with a promising premise of potential interest: in an internet-dominated world, nation states have fragmented, and the primary political units are now the 'centenals', micro-states with a population of just 100,000-odd. Teflon's See Sharp Press review is spot on in identifying the book's strengths and weaknesses, of which the latter outweigh the former. Given the premise, the dearth of information on how the centenals operate, internally, or how the system came about, or the political differences between the various factions fighting a global election, is significant. For Teflon the promise—despite the quality of the writing in other respects—remains unfulfilled.
Henry Olerich: A Cityless and Countryless World. An Outline of Practical Co-operative Individualism (1893)
A Martian (but here called 'Marsian' or 'Marsite') traveller to earth is encouraged to describe at length the utopian society of his native planet. Explicitly influenced by Herbert Spencer, the novel projects a surprisingly open and free society, with no government and no organised religion, and equal rights for men, women and children, but with a strong sense of order and self-regulation. Though the word is never used by Olerich, it is explicitly treated as an anarchist sf utopia by Brigitte Koenig in her essay in Davis and Kinna's Anarchism and Utopianism, included in Nettlau's 'Utopies libertaires', and referred to in Cohn's Underground Passages. It's also noted by Bob Black for Olerich's advocacy of a 2-hour working day [Black 2015: 223].
Chad Oliver: 'The Ant and the Eye' (1953)
The disarming of a future Hitler before anyone knows of him. One feature of the developing social context is, obscurely, "a spurt in membership in the Anarchist Party" (William F. Sloane: Stories for Tomorrow, London, 1955, p273)
The Omega Man (1971, dir. Boris Sagal)
After the destruction of most of humanity by biological warfare, a survivor battles against a group of anti-technology albino mutants.
Origin: Spirits of the Past (銀色の髪のアギト; 2006, dir. Keiichi Sugiyama)
Global civilisation has collapsed, following a failed attempt at geo-engineering, which covers the world in sentient trees. Individuals brought forward from the past seek to reverse the process, but eventually realise the future is to live in harmony with the mutant trees.
Connor Owens, at solarpunkanarchists.com, notes that "The finger is pointed more at militarism and statism as being responsible for environmental devastation more than some kind innate species-wide propensity towards wrecking the Earth." Though finding the film "excessively preachy and unsubtle", he concludes that "Origin succeeds in coming close to what's called the social ecology school of environmental thought, emphasising human-nature cooperation and balance between the two as a solution to conflict, rather than one dominating or destroying the other."
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