Community(ish) sci-fi?


(Luis Villa) #1

So: if you wanted to recommend fun sci-fi with a strong theme of community to someone - what would it be?

To throw something out there, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy has community as an ongoing them (some thoughts on the novel’s more prominent theme, of identity, here). But there must be others out there that have community in there somewhere.

(And no, not asking for a friend - I thought this would be a fun way to spend my recent Feverbee gift certificate!)

(Richard Millington) #2

Not feeling the love on this one are you @luisvilla

That’ll teach you to humblebrag! :slight_smile:

(Luis Villa) #3

I knew it was a little out of left field :wink:

(And not an easy/obvious one, either; I’m a pretty voracious scifi reader and could think of very few answers to the question myself. Which is why I crowdsourced it. Maybe crowdsourcing isn’t all it is cracked up to be :wink:

(Richard Millington) #4

To be fair, it’s a REALLY specific request in a really strange place.

(Kenneth F) #5

I would recommend Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana. It is a truly epic novel.

(Robert McIntosh) #6

OK, I’ll bite

You could argue that Brave New World addresses the concept of ‘Community’ and the impact of socialisation and the perils (and benefits?) of the filter bubbles created.

Of course in that instance community is literally bred-in to members of each caste / community, but you could see it as the ultimate expression of creating categories of membership and then pushing gamification and habit-building to the limit so as to create standardised behaviour at every level


(lindsaymstarke) #7

Some of these might be a stretch, but how about

–Dark Eden
–The Traitor Baru Cormorant
–The Dispossessed

or Iain M Banks’ Culture novels (especially Excession, for the Minds’ community?)

(Luis Villa) #8

I’ve read all of those except Dark Eden, and all of them are terrific! So Dark Eden it is :slight_smile:

May also re-read Excession because it is never a bad time to re-read Banks. :slight_smile: And I should probably re-read Baru Cormorant too.

@kenneth Kay is always good; I’ll add Tigana to the list!

@thirstforwine oof, haven’t read BNW in a while. I’m afraid it hits a little too close to home right now…

(lindsaymstarke) #9

Oh! Also, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season.

(Luis Villa) #10

If anyone here hasn’t read Fifth Season (and the two sequels) DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING. GO READ THEM NOW.