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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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Wikipedia describes this as a "science fantasy." It defines that as a mix of genres that "simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy." The feel is more of fantasy. Generally, it's smaller, low- ...more
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Red Star by Alexander Bogdanov
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Written by a Bolshevik physician / intellectual in the waning days of the 1905 Russian Revolution. A major part of the book is like the 19th century "guided tour of the future" utopian fiction. However, there is more plot and characters than those te ...more
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Blindsight by Peter Watts
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
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As the Wikipedia entry says, Blindsight was nominated for 3 significant SF awards and received some noteworthy praise. However, even as a hard SF reader, it took me time and effort to orient myself and piece together the world being presented. It was ...more
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The Republic of the Future, Or, Socialism a Reality by Anna Bowman Dodd
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Written as letters from a visitor to a socialistic US, this is a critique of an imagined society with OCD for equality [being identical] and efficiency. I assume the intent was to expose what socialism taken to its "logical conclusions" would be like ...more
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A Thousand Years Hence by Nunsowe Green
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This book is longer than many of the "guided tour of the future" utopian "novels" of the 19th century, but it's written in a wordy way, leaving it less dense in material.

The author says he was a member of a discussion group in his London community. H
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Utopia or the History of an Extinct Planet by Alfred Cridge
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The book: A man looking at a meteorite sees a stranger who offers to show him the planet from which it originated. We then get a guided tour of the planet's history (as opposed to real character & plot fiction.) We're shown the prehistoric caveme ...more
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The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle
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This is the first book in a trilogy, and it's likely to be unsatisfying read as a stand-alone novel. First and foremost, I'd categorize this as a "super conspiracy" novel. There is advanced technology which characters attribute to Atlantis, but its o ...more
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Simiocracy by Arthur Montagu Brookfield
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I'm not sure whether I should just call this a satire or a dystopian novel. The author was a Conservative member of the British Parliament in the late 1800's. The book tells of foolish actions of a Liberal-controlled Parliament (and general criticism ...more
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Luck Egalitarianism by Carl Knight
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I'm not going to finish this book (at least at this time.) For my current priorities, it's too narrowly focused on one area of egalitarian policy - discussed in a strictly philosophical manner (no studies of real social behavior which might constrain ...more
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Annals of the twenty-ninth century; or, The autobiography of ... by Andrew Blair
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This is a utopian "novel" written in the 19th century. As with some 19th century utopian "novels," it's closer to a guided tour of a future civilization than a work of literature with characters and plots. It may provoke throught or give perspective. ...more
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