society for the advancement of speculative history

Proceedings of the last gathering of the Society for the Advancement of Speculative History

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  • 1984 - George Orwell, 1949. An operator manual for the modern surveillance society.
  • Accelerando - Charles Stross, 2005. A post-singularity novel.
  • The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell, 2014. Fantasy with good, realistic dystopian after-apocalypse.
  • Brave new world - Aldous Huxley, 1932. What to do in a prozac society.
  • The Circle - Dave Eggers, 2013. Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple merge and everything is just awesome!.
  • Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell, 2012. Stories of the resistance across time and space.
  • Daemon and Freedom - Daniel Suarez, 2006, 2009. Near-future technological dystopia/utopia.
  • The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin, 1974. Post-revolution anarchist self-criticism with interesting language. One of the most influential anarchist books of all time.
  • Distress - Greg Egan, 1995. Anarchists living in a beautful island called “Stateless”, until…
  • “The Enemy” series (Enemy, Dead, Fear, Sacrifice, Fallen, Hunted, End) - Charlie Higson, 2009. Dystopian after-apocalypse: how kids & teenagers survive and organise without adults.
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury, 1953. Dystopian future where books are burned by firemen.
  • Fire on the mountain - Terry Bisson, 1988. Revolutionary abolitionist alternate history of US + Afro-futurism.
  • The Girl with all the gifts - M.R. Carey, 2014. Dystopian after-apocalypse.
  • He, She, and It - Marge Piercy, 1991. Award winning radical feminist cyborg cyberpunk.
  • Imperial Radch trilogy Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie, 2013. She (and her AI) attempt to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.
  • Lilith’s Brood: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago - Octavia Butler, 1987. Post-nuke alien sex, gender, race, and species (prepare to be mindfucked).
  • The Iron Council - China MiĆ©ville, 2004. Fantasy. On the challenges of revolution and everything that can go wrong.
  • The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin, 1969. Gender, aliens, solidarity.
  • The man in the high castle - Philip K. Dick, 1962. Alternate universe where the nazis won and the US is occupied.
  • Mars trilogy Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson, 1993-1996. Human settlement of mars: science, revolution, utopia. Robinson is an earnest socialist.
  • Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood, 2003. Near future bio-dystopian environmental activists.
  • Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler. Post-Trump apocalypse with radical evangelism to reach the stars.
  • A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick, 1977. Paranoia sect drug cloak.
  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson, 2015. Can’t tell much. The moon, the space, humanity.
  • Silo Series: Wool, Shift - Legacy, Shift - Order, Shift - Packt, Dust Hugh Howey, 2011 . No spoilers!.
  • Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy, 1976. Cannon feminist utopia scifi.
  • The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin, 1972. Alien anti-colonial resistance to human invaders.

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