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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:38 pm 
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My new novel, Acts of Destruction, is set in what is essentially (though never specifically named as) a future socialist Britain. Someone asked me the other day if I could recommend some other novels which imagine a socialist country or world. Hmmm ... I got as far as News from Nowhere by William Morris, and Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed. And that was where I ran out. There must be some more ... any suggestions?


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Some of Ken McLeod's novels seem to stem from a socialist Britain or Scotland.


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I don't know his work well enough to say for sure, but I would have thought given his own leanings some of H. G. Wells' novels might have socialist futures.

Not labelled socialist, but there's a very interesting political/economic backdrop based on the Mondragon worker co-operatives in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy of novels.

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Don't forget the American Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward. Although structured as a novel, it is really a didactic, detailed sketch of one type of bureaucratic Socialist society. It was written in 1887. I read it about two years ago and was surprised by the large number of ideas that can, with updates, be turned into matter for present day discussion.


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Pete, Wells' The Shape of Things to Come, first published in the auspicious year 1933, treats the difficult emergence of 'The Modern State,' a politically unified future Earth with Socialist features. A must-read for Socialists but no page turner.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:39 pm 
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In Iain M Banks' Culture novels, the titular civilization is fairly socialist, in that it's fairly anti-capitalist (though it's more beyond-currency, than anti-currency... Still, worth taking a look at :P


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short rather than a novel but china meivilles " 'TIS THE SEASON" from 'looking for jake and other stories' deals with socialism in a future britain. great story as well!


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Thanks for the replies so far - I shall follow up those reccomendations.

Interestingly enough, I've just seen this review of a book about "Marxism and SF" by Mark Bould and China Mieville:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/inde ... ce-Fiction


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i really do wish mieville would write more shorts like those contained in 'looking for jake and other stories'. i take it you've read 'perdido street station' etc. fantasy/steampunk but with a strong socialist element.


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