China Miéville recently compiled a list of 50 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read.
In response, Samuel Goldman has comprised a list of 10 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Conservative Should Read — ignoring too-obvious examples, like The Lord of the Rings, and not limiting himself to conservative works so much as works that raise issues conservatives might address:
David Brin, The Postman
Very different from the awful movie starring Kevin Costner.
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Also very different from the movie (which is in this case excellent).
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine
A revision of Disraeli’s “State of England” novels for the information age.
Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers
Classical republicanism meets interstellar warfare
Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
Out of alphabetical order, but an essential companion to Starship Troopers.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
The classic depiction of Nietzsche’s Last Men, who enjoy “happiness” without ever questioning the meaning of their lives.
Robert E. Howard, Conan stories
“Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.”
H.P. Lovecraft, anything really, but particularly the “Cthulhu cycle”
To quote Rick Brookhiser: “One way to think of Lovecraft is as a demented anticipation of Russell Kirk. Kirk praised the permanent things. The permanent things in Lovecraft are revolting monsters from outer space or undersea who, it turns out, have been here for eons, and sometimes have interbred with us. Connecting with the past in Kirk guides and inspires us. Connecting with the past in Lovecraft makes us lose our minds.”
Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
What if some calamity destroyed modern civilization, and its knowledge were preserved as incoherent fragments? Here, the Catholic Church reprises its historical role as the conservator of civilization through a new Dark Age
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
Although it is best known for its pioneering depiction of virtual reality, the most interesting feature of Snow Crash is its depiction of anarcho-capitalism.