Fiction Novels

I couldn't find a thread/list of novels. Please could A News hold a thread with a list of novels where key themes include existentialism and/or nihilism? The list can be added to as and when people wish to contribute a title. Personally, I am not looking at science fiction, rather material such 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Dispossessed, Too Loud A Solitude, Lolita and Laughable Loves, to name some. I think a list of novels would be useful for all kinds of reasons. Thanks

Just saying... 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are totally considered science fiction. That also excludes from most of the beautiful stuff written by the great Ursula LeGuin.

There is contention online (surprise surprise) as to whether or not 1984 is science fiction dystopian or neat-future dystopian? Same again with Fahrenheit 451 being described as near-future dystopian as opposed to having a more obvious science fiction context.

Dystopia is a style or approach within science-fiction literature. Science-fiction can also be near-future, even though for several reasons authors prefer to project their story far in the future, past or in another space. It's been always a quite vast genre full of latitude for new branches. Doesn't have to be (and actually ain't often) about spaceships and time travel. Even Twin Peaks has been bordering on Sci-Fi lately.

Just saw the movie version of Girl With All the Gifts and that had themes enough in it. I'd like to read the book, but haven't gotten a copy yet.

Just read Annihilation which I only knew a little about from reading a couple of short reviews. I thought this book was well worth reading. Best read by actually thinking about what you're reading as you go. Stop reading, think about it and carry on: don't just blast through it. Filling in the gaps (left intentionally by the author?) is a creative imaginative approach when reading this book which worked for me. Lots of open-ended stuff which can annoy some but worked for me.


Margaret Killjoy is probably one of the more successful, explicitly anarchist fiction writers. I haven't actually read any of her novels (mostly due to a massive backlog of other things I need to read), but I've only heard good things from friends, and she's given excellent talks on anarchism's relationship with fiction I've enjoyed.

And of course, there's Letters of Insurgents, which is basically the best book ever. You can read for free here:
though I'd recommend a physical copy:
since the digital one has a bunch of little transcription errors. There's also an audio book copy here:

yeah if you want to read about genderless squaters fighting rabid deers she has a book about that.

you could probably leaf through this list of 37 fiction tags on The Anarchist Library and maybe find some things you are looking for:

Females get this 'skein power' and get ideas about taking over and stuff. Great read about power dynamics, particularly the overthrow of global patriarchy. Just the physical strength of men is enough to instil justifiable fear in some. From a male perspective, this was well worth reading.

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