Anarchism in Speculative Fiction

The covers of three of the books mentioned below

One of my first Mastodon posts was a request:

Looking for recommendations about speculative fiction (SF/F, pref. short stories, but novels are fine) set in anarchist communities or dealing with anarchist themes (but not le Guin - I know and love all her work)

Here’s a quick list of the responses (so far):

I’d already read and enjoyed a few of them (some of Banks’ Culture novels, Chambers’ Record Of A Spaceborn Few and sequels).

As a result of this list I’ve recently read — and can thoroughly recommend — A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys, and I’m now about halfway through Walkaway by Cory Doctorow, which I’m also finding very interesting.

Finally I also found this blog post — Anarchist Science Fiction: Essential Novels — from 2019 on the blog of anarchist publisher PM Press (on investigation it looks like it was reposted or syndicated from the See Sharp Press blog where it was originally published in 2013, so can be forgiven for missing out books from the past decade!)

Update: I have created an Anarchism in Fiction list on the fediverse at if you'd like to keep up to date with additional books I discover