At Fantastic Metropolis, author China Miéville has listed 50 SF/F Works That Socialists Should Read.

Hmmm…another list, this time with titles where politics feature prominently. Not too promising for me given my dislike for political fiction.

However, in true biblioholic fashion, I own eighteen of the titles but I’ve only read three:

  • Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights (the UK name for the trilogy we know as His Dark Materials) – I enjoyed this a lot. At the time, I said that these books restored my faith in fantasy as being an enjoyable genre. Although, I remember liking these books more for the story and less for the themes.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars. This book, to me, was a long, drawn-out chore. This could easily have been a third of its length and way more enjoyable. I remember also saying that this was political fiction disguised as sf.
  • Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – Another very long book. I remember enjoying the early parts of the book, but then later it got a bit tiresome (as in the 50-page Galt speech).

Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, also on the list, is part of a current reading project. We’ll see how that goes.

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