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good anarchist and left-wing fiction writers?

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by strung out, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. strung out

    strung out (",)

    preferably ones who use their political perspectives to inform their creative ideas.

    i know china mieville is a trot, and makes his leanings fairly obvious in his books. not actually read anything of his yet, though got a couple on the list. then there's most of brecht's theatre where he often wrote from his marxist perspective.

    any more worth checking out? ideally sci-fi/fantasy, but don't let that stop you contributing to the thread with any other suggestions.
     
  2. Casually Red

    Casually Red tomorrow belongs to me

    Isak, a science fiction one by Roslyn Fuller . She brought it to a couple of anarchist bookfairs in Dublin and Belfast from what I remember .

    Today’s discussion about the causes and effects of terrorism
    – transferred to a world of the future.

    The encounter of two very different characters, one a terrorist,
    the other a bureaucrat - the one ruthless yet likeable, the other
    distant yet thoughtful.

    A fast-paced pursuit across the galaxy, which shall lead both to
    the boundaries of their convictions. An impressionist journey
    through one of the most controversial issues of all time which
    leaves all questions open yet answers all of them.


    http://www.irishwritersexchange.com/books.html


    Sub Commandante Marcos writes detecive novels as well . Bought one but someone nicked it so i dont know if its any good or not .
     
  3. copliker

    copliker ...

    Ken MacLeod, but too much nonsense about 'anarcho-capitalism' for my liking.
     
  4. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    victor serge wrote fiction. the case of comrade tulayev is fantastic.
     
  5. strung out

    strung out (",)

    i was browsing the bookshelves in the uni library the other day and found a big book on soviet era sci-fi actually. apprently it's a fairly large genre, though some of the most famous authors, such as zamyatin pretty much rejected communism. there's a short article here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_science_fiction_and_fantasy#Soviet_science_fiction

    has anyone read any of the Noon Universe novels by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky?
     
  6. Captain Hurrah

    Captain Hurrah STALINIST Banned

    It's not great, a minor curiosity only, but you might be interested in Aelita, or the Decline of Mars by Alexei Tolstoy (who wrote that death ray book too). It's about two men from the Soviet Union who travel to Mars on a rocket, and join a failed rebellion of slaves. It's the one that was made into that famous silent film by Yakov Protazanov (The Forty-First), the sets and designs of which inspired the Flash Gordon series in the US, but the ending is changed and they succeed in creating a Martian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

     
  7. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    +1

    His best novel.
     
  8. chazegee

    chazegee Number two.

    I'll say Kurt, and also DJ, at lest their onions were (in)formed by real war. And Jawell while we at it.
     
  9. chazegee

    chazegee Number two.

    JD I should say. :oops:
     
  10. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    yes and yes

    Ursula Le Guin as well. weird buddhist-anarchist but writes very well. TYhe ones who walk away from Omelas is a great shrt.

    But I loves the Wizard of Earthsea
     
  11. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    vonnegut is a sci fi author it is OK for lit snobs to like.

    Slaughterhouse 5 is still a good book though.
     
  12. stupid dogbot

    stupid dogbot Haughty and Superior

    And whilst some of the books are decent, several of them are dull as fuck.
     
  13. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The Machine Stops

    Led me to read Theodore Sturgeon's More than Human; awesome.

    Is it left leaning/anarcho cobblers? Haven't a clue. I just enjoy a good yarn...
     
  14. fogbat

    fogbat The Talibum

    That's a superb domain name.
     
  15. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Surely the Culture is a communist utopia?
     
  16. Captain Hurrah

    Captain Hurrah STALINIST Banned

    :D
     
  17. yield

    yield zero

  18. strung out

    strung out (",)

    i read slaughterhouse 5 for the first time a couple of weeks back. really enjoyed it, but part of me was thinking at the end whether it's even sci-fi really. i thought it was certainly left open to interpretation as to whether the main character was just bonkers. anyway, yeah, vonnegut is a good shout.
     
  19. strung out

    strung out (",)

    you got any idea what banks' own politics are? curious to see how far the culture books are informed by his own political viewpoints.
     
  20. stupid dogbot

    stupid dogbot Haughty and Superior

    There's a fair bit of left(ish) theorising in Richard Morgan. Less anarchist, more made-up, but in Market Forces there's a lot of discussion of corporate policy versus the people and so on.
     
  21. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

  22. gsv

    gsv liminally queer

    Attack! Books were certainly anti-authoritarian. Won't comment whether they were any "good" but I read Vatican Bloodbath and it was definitely good fun.

    [​IMG]

    Their original "anti-mission statement" is utterly :facepalm:

    GS(v)
     
  23. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    Does it have to be sci-fi?
     
  24. jannerboyuk

    jannerboyuk ...just kids gone wild.

    Out and out lefty i think. There is one culture book where the main character comes to earth and although it reflects on the issue of individualism in a socialist future he has his hero say how he couldn't wait for the earth to realise the future was the deepest red they could posibly imagine. Think it was an early one though so he might have shifted since then.
     
  25. fiannanahalba

    fiannanahalba Feel the Love

    If you are looking for excellent left wing writers of fiction try any writer for Socialist Worker and not just China M or Michael Rosen either.. Ex WRP members tend to have the Science Fiction market cornered.
     
  26. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

    Banks was a member/supporter of the SSP. He also said he'd rather live in a socialist Britain than a simply independent Scotland.
     
  27. fiannanahalba

    fiannanahalba Feel the Love

    Tight cunt Banks, never gave the SSP a cent. Brit unionist as well.
     
  28. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

    He did, just quietly. He wasn't a 'brit unionist', he wasn't opposed to independence as is rather clear.
     
  29. fiannanahalba

    fiannanahalba Feel the Love

    Who told you that, the treasurer? He wasnt even a member according to the Edinburgh SSP i know. SSP is a Brit party.
     
  30. fiannanahalba

    fiannanahalba Feel the Love

    SSP treasurer was excellent at fiction as well,probably more than Banks.
     

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