"Basically, anarchy is in fact the only political position that
is actually possible."--from the interview with Alan Moore, author
of V for Vendetta
We all know that there is a deeply entwined relationship between
personal politics and works of fiction. 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,
and even Mary Shelley. Now, for the first time, in an unprecedented
new release from AK Press, some of the biggest names in
contemporary fiction discuss this relationship with a specific
focus on anarchist politics.
Sci-fi powerhouses Ursula K. LeGuin, Alan Moore, Michael
Moorcock, and Lewis Shiner join activist authors Derrick Jensen,
Starhawk, Cristy C. Road, and a variety of other up-and-coming
young writers in a series of interviews that explore fiction's
deeply political roots. Ranging in scope from serious political
discussions to hilarious personal anecdotes, the interviews
collected here paint an intimate portrait of the author as a
Compiled and annotated by SteamPunk Magazine founder Margaret
Killjoy, and with an introduction by Kim Stanley Robinson,
Mythmakers and Lawbreakers is an engaging and highly readable
book--a must-read for any serious fan of sci-fi or political
fiction, and a useful tool for both new and seasoned authors
interested in developing their own political utopias.
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