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Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction


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Manufacturer: AK Press

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The best fiction has always been a little...dangerous. For centuries, authors have used the veil of fiction to cast a critical eye toward the larger society around them: think of Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Issac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and beyond. And now, for the first time, some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction discuss the endless possibilities of the world of fiction with a specific focus on anarchist politics.

In a series of interviews with SteamPunk Magazine founder Margaret Killjoy, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Moore, Lewis Shiner, Starhawk, Derrick Jensen, Cristy C. Road, Michael Moorcock, and a variety of other up-and-coming young writers reflect on the ways in which their personal politics have shaped their work. Plus, a fantastic introduction by best-selling sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinso

AK Press, 2009.

Product Code: 9781849350020

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Average Rating: 5

Great compilation

Margaret Killjoy brings together some excellent pieces of work in this great collection. She has compiled essays and interviews that examine in detail the relationship between anarchism and literature from numerous angles including Ursula Le Guin, Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore. Personally I found this book a wonderful read and learned loads from it despite not being much of a literature geek and generally preferring social and political science. I always liked Sci Fi and Fantasy with a social and political angle such as ‘The Sheep Look Up’ by John Brunner but this book has changed my outlook significantly and I am now planning to buy ‘Geek Mafia’ by Rick Dakan, one of the contributors, when I get paid. It was really interesting as I never knew Michael Moorcock was an anarchist but was a fan of his work. The contributors that discuss getting work published will also make you dream of, or actually attempt, having a go at doing your own. Although some of the pieces won’t tickle everyone’s fancy this is an astonishingly good book, well worth 8 quid. Get yourself a copy today, you won't regret it.

Anonymous :: May 23 2010, 20:29 PM

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