Saturday, December 13, 2008

Commie Sci-Fi

Metallica's new video...hhmmm... Commies and Zombies!...

very interesting
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That video reminds me...
I almost never read fiction. I will be honest, I tend to think of fiction as a bourgeois waste of time (even though I watch tons of sci-fi and fiction television- haha). Here is a list of fantasy & sci-fi that I WOULD read:

Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read

Iain M. Banks -- Use of Weapons (1990)

Edward Bellamy -- Looking Backward, 2000 - 1887 (1888)

Alexander Bogdanov -- The Red Star: A Utopia (1908; trans. 1984)

Emma Bull & Steven Brust -- Freedom & Necessity (1997)

Mikhail Bulgakov -- The Master & Margarita (1938; trans. 1967)

Katherine Burdekin (aka "Murray Constantine") -- Swastika Night (1937)

Octavia Butler -- Survivor (1978)

Julio Cortázar -- "House Taken Over" (1963?)

Philip K. Dick -- A Scanner Darkly (1977)

Thomas Disch -- The Priest (1994)

Gordon Eklund -- All Times Possible (1974)

Max Ernst -- Une Semaine de Bonte (1934)

Claude Farrere -- Useless Hands (1920; trans. 1926)

Anatole France -- The White Stone (1905; trans. 1910)

Jane Gaskell -- Strange Evil (1957)

Mary Gentle -- Rats and Gargoyles (1990)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892)

The Dream Years -- Lisa Goldstein (1985)

Stefan Grabinski -- The Dark Domain (1918-22; trans. and collected 1993)

George Griffith -- The Angel of Revolution (1893)

Emile Habiby -- The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist (1974; trans. 1982)

M. John Harrison -- Viriconium Nights (1984)

Ursula K. Le Guin -- The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974)

Jack London -- The Iron Heel (1907)

Ken MacLeod -- The Star Fraction (1996)

Gregory Maguire -- Wicked (1995)

J. Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon) -- Gay Hunter (1934, reissued 1989)

Michael Moorcock -- Hawkmoon (1967-77, reprinted in one edition 1992)

William Morris -- News From Nowhere (1888)

Toni Morrison -- Beloved (1987)

Mervyn Peake -- The Gormenghast Trilogy (1946-59)

Marge Piercy -- Woman on the Edge of Time (1976)

Philip Pullman -- Northern Lights (1995)

Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged (1957)
(Know your enemy. This panoply of portentous Nietzcheanism lite has had a huge influence on American SF. Rand was an obsessive "objectivist" (libertarian pro-capitalist individualist) whose hatred of socialism and any form of "collectivism" is visible in this important an influential -- though vile and ponderous -- novel.)

Mack Reynolds -- Lagrange Five (1979)

Keith Roberts -- Pavane (1968)

Kim Stanley Robinson -- The Mars Trilogy (1992-96)

Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)

Lucius Shepard -- Life During Wartime (1987)

Norman Spinrad -- The Iron Dream (1972)

Eugene Sue -- The Wandering Jew (1845)

Michael Swanwick -- The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993)

Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Alexei Tolstoy -- Aelita (1922; trans. 1957)

Ian Watson -- Slow Birds (1985)

H.G. Wells -- The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)

E. L. White -- "Lukundoo" (1927)

Oscar Wilde -- The Happy Prince and Other Stories (1888)

Gene Wolfe -- The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972)

Evgeny Zamyatin -- We (1920; trans. 1924)



(thanx Frank)

2 Comments:

Blogger frank said...

As an addendum to the list: China Mieville, who wrote it, also wrote a book called Iron Council that should go on there. One of my favorite books of all time, from my favorite living author.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Pranjal said...

People should read the whole New Crobuzon trilogy by Mieville! Perdido St. Station, The Scar, and Iron Council are all classics.

Probably my favourite living author too.

12:12 PM  

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