Episode 38: The new anti-capitalist science fiction

Detail from the cover of  Docile , by K.M. Szpara

Detail from the cover of Docile, by K.M. Szpara

There’s been a renaissance of anti-capitalist stories in science fiction and fantasy in the U.S. But these aren't tales of violent revolution or faceless corporations. We discuss Utopia, community, and how group therapy is the opposite of authoritarianism. Also, we’re joined by K.M. Szpara, who talks to us about his steamy forthcoming novel Docile, whose tagline is, “There is no consent under capitalism.”

Links, citations, & etc.

Fredric Jameson talking about Utopia

Jameson’s classic book Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Want, by Cindy Pon

Broken Earth Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin

The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon

The Good Place, created by Michael Schur

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, by Margaret Killjoy

Waste Tide, by Chen Quifan

Avatar, dir. James Cameron

The Expanse, created by James S.A. Corey

Sourdough, by Robin Sloan

Black Hole, by Bucky Sinister

K.M. Szpara

Docile, by K.M. Szpara

Direct Action, by L.A. Kauffman

Downsizing, dir. Alexander Payne

Us, dir. Jordan Peele

Bitch Planet comic book, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine De Landro

Rosewater and Insurrection, by Tade Thompson

Everfair, by Nisi Shawl

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse


Annalee Newitz