Anarchism and science fiction: Q

Pierre Quiroule (pseudonym of Joaquín Alejo Falçonnet): La ciudad anarquista americana (The Anarchist City of America) (1914)

"This utopian narrative revisits some of the most controversial topics of the philosophical debate on Anarchism, while simultaneously offering practical alternatives to previous models of libertarian communism." Quiroule founded La Liberté (1893–1893) and was a member of the editorial board of La Protesta, which was the most representative publication of anarchist journalism in Argentina; he was "one of the most prolific authors of the Argentine Libertarian movement". The fully-fledged utopia of the 'Ciudad de los Hijos del Sol' (complete with fold-out map of the anarchist city) is set in a future apparently around 1930.


The work is the second volume of a trilogy, the other parts being Sobre la ruta de la anarquía (On the Route to Anarchism) (1912) and En la soñada tierra del ideal (In the Dreamt Land of the Ideal) (1924). The first volume describes a successful urban revolution in Europe, inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune. The final volume depicts a nameless city in the distant future, and explores confrontation between syndicalists and anarchists. The text of the complete trilogy may be found at the Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschedenis (IISG), Amsterdam. (Juan-Navarro, Heffes 2009: 119-123)


Referenced in the 2014 Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary.


Also see Rodriguez, 2016.



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