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PostsBookLinks OP wrote

First published in 1969, this now-classic book inspired a whole new field of historical study and brought its author popular acclaim. Bandits transcend the label of criminals; they are robbers and outlaws elevated to the status of avengers and champions of social justice. Some, like Robin Hood, Rob Roy, and Jesse James, are famous throughout the world, the stuff of story and myth. Others, like Balkan haiduks, Indian dacoits, and Brazilian congaceiros, are known only to their own countrymen.


Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Anarchy in Action is a book exploring anarchist thought and practice, written by Colin Ward and first published in 1973.

The book is a seminal introduction to anarchism but differs considerably to others by concentrating on the possibility of an anarchism rooted in everyday experience, and not necessarily linked to industrial and political struggles. His ideas are heavily influenced by Peter Kropotkin and his concept of Mutual Aid. Ward bases his text on evidence from sociology, anthropology, cybernetics, industrial psychology, and from the experience of housing, town planning, education, work, play and social welfare. Ward argues for anarchist alternatives to the universal governmental and hierarchical systems of social organisation. This bucks a number of conventional trends of the socialist left, because he is quite critical of the welfare state.

Squee posted this elsewhere. If anybody's read this, I'd be intersted to hear more about it.


black_fox wrote

the formatting makes it difficult and the article is very long, but here's the list:

  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  • A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
  • The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick
  • The Complete Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
  • Ingathering: The Complete People Stories by Zenna Henderson
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • The City & The City by China Miéville

bun wrote (edited )

I think you might be able to read whatever interested you most first, as the stories are, in a way, self-contained. There's gaps of years between each sequence of events, such that the context gained by reading in order is a bonus and not a necessity, maybe. I read them in the order I mentioned, so couldn't say for sure, but would encourage someone who would only begin to read about Earthsea "out of order" to do so regardless.


bun wrote

  1. A Wizard of Earthsea
  2. The Tombs of Atuan
  3. The Farthest Shore
  4. Tehanu
  5. Tales from Earthsea
  6. The Other Wind

That's how I read it, and the order in which I think each was written. Tales is a collection of short stories, so a departure in that way (though nothing jarring). IIRC, Tales offered very useful context for The Other Wind. I think there are some other short stories I haven't read... Wow yeah, a few! Catching up time.