New anarchist utopian novel - A Country of Ghosts
From Combustion Books
A Country of Ghosts - a book of The Anarchist Imagination
A little more than a year ago, we announced a new series, The Anarchist Imagination, challenging people to write compelling anarchist utopian novellas and novels. (Okay, we said novellas at the time, but then we published a novel. So I suppose we're open to novels too.)
Now, in early 2014, we've put out the first fruits of the project: A Country of Ghosts, by Margaret Killjoy. Set in an alternate 19th century world, A Country of Ghosts explores a country without borders, government, money, or barter. In anarchist terms, we might suggest that it represents a fairly post-left anarchism built on gift economics. The book how a society without binding or central decisionmaking might defend itself from invasion and it explores one way a land without laws might deal with crime and punishment.
It is, of course, still also a novel and there's far more to it than expositing how the utopian society functions (and where it fails). It's an adventure book, and it's a book about the illusions of glory and death.
The last thing we want to do, as anarchist publishers, is provide some paint-by-numbers blueprint for a future society. But we're happy to be offering up some ideas as inspiration, to be used or discarded as situations and whims dictate.
We've every intention to keep The Anarchist Imagination going as a series, showcasing all kinds of anarchist societies. So send us your novels. Or just write them and publish them yourselves or with some other press. The world can use more anarchist stories.