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Alternative Futures - A Booklist of Fiction and Non-fiction: utopias, dystopias, apocalyptic, visionary and practical, to Celebrate our 36th Birthday(!) on Mayday 2010, and help us envision the world(s) we want.

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 34 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow by Tim Jackson
    Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow - by Tim Jackson

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781138935419 | ISBN 10: 1138935417

    What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits?   The publication of Prosperity without Growth was a landmark in the sustainability debate. Tim Jackson’s piercing challenge to conventional economics openly q ... more

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  • Cover image of book Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
    Woman on the Edge of Time - by Marge Piercy

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785033780 | ISBN 10: 1785033786

    Hailed as a classic of speculative science fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time will speak to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    The Year of the Flood - by Margaret Atwood

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780349004075 | ISBN 10: 0349004072

    Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species, the tending of the Earth, and the cultivation of bees and organic crops on flat rooftops - has long predi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Local Money: How to Make it Happen in Your Community by Peter North
    Local Money: How to Make it Happen in Your Community - by Peter North

    £14.95   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781900322522 | ISBN 10: 1900322528

    An inspiring yet practical new book, Local Money helps you understand what money is and what makes good and bad money. It draws on the considerable track record of experimentation with local money, like the Totnes pound, around the world and gives id ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai
    The Challenge for Africa - by Wangari Maathai

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780099539032 | ISBN 10: 0099539039

    In this urgent yet optimistic new work, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai provides a unique perspective on the fate of Africa.   Informed by her three decades as an environmental activist and campaigner for democracy, The Challenge for ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mark Thomas Presents the People
    Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto - by Mark Thomas

    £5.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780091937966 | ISBN 10: 0091937965

    Mark Thomas has been touring the country for months, getting audiences to come up with policies aimed at sorting out the countrys political chaos and taking back the power for the people. Sick to death of bailing out bankers and subsidising MPs home ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Rapture by Liz Jensen
    The Rapture - by Liz Jensen

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781408801109 | ISBN 10: 1408801108

    An environmental disaster movie of a thriller, from the celebrated author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.  In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Foxs main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as ... more

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  • Cover image of book Letters to My Grandchildren: Thoughts on the Future by Tony Benn
    Letters to My Grandchildren: Thoughts on the Future - by Tony Benn

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780099539094 | ISBN 10: 0099539098

    "As a diarist I have chronicled the time through which I have lived in meticulous detail: but all that is history. What matters now is the future for those who will live through it. The past is the past but there may be lessons to be learned whic ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Left Alternative by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
    The Left Alternative - by Roberto Mangabeira Unger

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781844673704 | ISBN 10: 1844673707

    One of the leading social and political thinkers in the world today asks the question: What should the Left propose today? A manifesto that engages a vital question of our time: where should the Left go from here? Confronting the major debates in the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson
    Fire on the Mountain - by Terry Bisson

    £14.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781604860870 | ISBN 10: 1604860871

    It's 1959 in Socialist Virginia. The Deep South is an independent black nation called Nova Africa. The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet and a pregant scientist is climbing the Blue Ridge in search of her great grandfath ... more

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  • Cover image of book Utopia by Thomas More
    Utopia - by Thomas More

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043692 | ISBN 10: 0141043695

    In Utopia Thomas More painted a fantastical picture of a distant island where society is perfected and people live in harmony, yet its title means 'no place', and More's hugely influential work was ultimately an attack on his own corrupt, dangerous t ... more

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  • Cover image of book News from Nowhere by William Morris
    News from Nowhere - by William Morris

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780199539192 | ISBN 10: 0199539197

    'The only English utopia since More's that deserves to be remembered as literature.' News from Nowhere (1890) is the best-known prose work of William Morris. The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Gu ... more

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  • Cover image of book How Shall I Live My Life? On Liberating the Earth from Civilization by Derrick Jensen
    How Shall I Live My Life? On Liberating the Earth from Civilization - by Derrick Jensen

    £17.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781604860030 | ISBN 10: 1604860030

    In this collection of interviews, Derrick Jensen discusses the destructive dominant culture with ten people who have devoted their lives to undermining it. Whether it is Carolyn Raffensperger and her radical approach to public health, or Thomas Berry ... more

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  • Cover image of book Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century by Chris Spannos (ed)
    Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century - by Chris Spannos (ed)

    £14.00   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781904859789 | ISBN 10: 190485978x

    What if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society's defining institutions - those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology - were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
    The Carhullan Army - by Sarah Hall

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780571236602 | ISBN 10: 057123660x

    Set in the part of England once known as The Lake District, "The Carhullan Army" is narrated by a young woman who has adopted the name Sister. Britain after its union with the United States and numerous unsuccessful foreign wars, has found itself in ... more

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  • Cover image of book Psyclone by Shyam Mael
    Psyclone - by Shyam Mael

    £9.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780956018106 | ISBN 10: 0956018106

    Captured and tortured by the anti-terrorist squad, Jared's life will never be the same. Rescued by a shadowy group of revolutionary freedom fighters he begins a journey that uncovers the hidden workings of a disturbingly familiar dystopia, and reveal ... more

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  • Cover image of book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
    Little Brother - by Cory Doctorow

    £9.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780007288427 | ISBN 10: 0007288425

    The ultimate tale of teen rebellion...  Marcus is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works - and how to work the system. Smart, fast and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitti ... more

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  • Cover image of book Utopian Dreams: In Search of a Good Life by Tobias Jones
    Utopian Dreams: In Search of a Good Life - by Tobias Jones

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780571223817 | ISBN 10: 0571223818

    From the author of the bestselling The Dark Heart of Italy comes a different kind of travel book, a diary of one year spent living in communes and amongst unusual dreamers. Utopian Dreams offers one writer's attempt to retreat from the 'real wo ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The Road - by Cormac McCarthy

    £8.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780330513005 | ISBN 10: 0330513001

    The searing, post-apocalyptic novel that has instantly established itself as a modern masterpiece. 2007 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A father and his son walk alone through burned America, heading through the ravaged landscape to th ... more

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  • Cover image of book Villages of Vision: A Study of Strange Utopias by Gillian Darley
    Villages of Vision: A Study of Strange Utopias - by Gillian Darley

    £14.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780907123507 | ISBN 10: 0907123503

    All over Britain and Ireland there are planned villages: for aesthetic, philanthropic or political reasons, for convenience and for ideals the best known being Portmeirion, Port Sunlight, New Lanark and Bournville. Gillian Darley covers many hundre ... more

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  • Cover image of book Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions by Frederic Jameson
    Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions - by Frederic Jameson

    £19.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781844675388 | ISBN 10: 1844675386

    In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jamesons most substantial work since Postmo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Island by Aldous Huxley
    Island - by Aldous Huxley

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780099477778 | ISBN 10: 0099477777

    For over a hundred years the Pacific island of Pala has been the scene of a unique experiment in civilisation. Its inhabitants live in a society where western science has been brought together with eastern philosophy and humanism to create a paradise ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Children of Men by P D James
    The Children of Men - by P D James

    £6.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780571228522 | ISBN 10: 0571228526

    The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction. Under the despotic rule of Xan Lyppiat, the Warden of England, the old are despairing and the young cruel. Theo Faren, a cousin of the Warden, lives a so ... more

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  • Cover image of book Visions of the City: Utopianism, Power & Politics in 20th Century Urbanism by D A Pinder
    Visions of the City: Utopianism, Power & Politics in 20th Century Urbanism - by D A Pinder

    £32.00   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780748614882 | ISBN 10: 0748614885

    Visions of the City is a dramatic account of utopian urbanism in the twentieth century. It explores radical demands for new spaces and ways of living, and considers their effects on planning, architecture and struggles to shape urban landscapes. Such ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Fahrenheit 451 - by Ray Bradbury

    £8.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780006546061 | ISBN 10: 0006546064

    The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Porto Alegre Alternative; Direct Democracy in Action. by Iain Bruce (Ed/Trans)
    The Porto Alegre Alternative; Direct Democracy in Action. - by Iain Bruce (Ed/Trans)

    £19.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780745320960 | ISBN 10: 0745320961

    Porto Alegre in Brazil is famous as the city that pioneered a revolutionary kind of local democracy. Started over a decade ago by the municipal administration of the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT), this process - called the 'participatory budget' - ha ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lionboy by Zizou Corder
    Lionboy - by Zizou Corder

    £7.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141317267 | ISBN 10: 0141317264

    Charlie Ashanti can speak Cat.  He takes it for granted - but when his Mum and Dad go missing, the cats are the only friends he can turn to. Setting out to find his parents, Charlie stows away on an incredible circus ship bound for Paris. O ... more

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  • Cover image of book Utopia Britannica: British Utopian Experiments 1325-1945 by Chris Coates
    Utopia Britannica: British Utopian Experiments 1325-1945 - by Chris Coates

    £16.50   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780951494585 | ISBN 10: 0951494589

    This book provides a wealth of information about communities, communes & co-operatives, of all types and scales, that existed in the UK from the 14th century until World War II. It brings the various characters to life, assisted by plenty of photogra ... more

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  • Cover image of book Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Herland - by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    £6.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780704347007 | ISBN 10: 0704347008

    Written in 1915, this text is about three male explorers and the utopian female society they stumble upon. This is a community where war, famine and other "man-made" disasters do not exist. An early feminist classic. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Faber Book of Utopias by John Carey
    The Faber Book of Utopias - by John Carey

    £20.00   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780571203178 | ISBN 10: 0571203175

    Every age has its utopias, from Plato's Republic to contemporary sci-fi visions. In this spellbinding anthology John Carey charts the course of every conceivable dream world - whether communist, fascist, anarchist, green, golden age, techno-fantastic ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
    The Dispossessed - by Ursula Le Guin

    £8.99   paperback   (1999) - ISBN 13: 9781857988826 | ISBN 10: 1857988825

    Shevek is a brilliant physicist from the austerely isolationist and anarchic planet Anarres working on the Principle of Simultaneity which could revolutionize interstellar civilization by making instantaneous communication possible.  But Shevek' ... more

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  • Cover image of book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Brave New World - by Aldous Huxley

    £8.99   paperback   (1994) - ISBN 13: 9780099518471 | ISBN 10: 0099518473

    Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined lo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher
    Small is Beautiful - by E F Schumacher

    £9.99   paperback   (1993) - ISBN 13: 9780099225614 | ISBN 10: 0099225611

    First published in 1973, this study looks at the economic structure of the western world in a revolutionary way. Schumacher maintains that man's current pursuit of profit and progress, which promotes giant organizations and increased specialization, ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
    The Passion of New Eve - by Angela Carter

    £8.99   paperback   (1992) - ISBN 13: 9780860683414 | ISBN 10: 0860683419

    'I know nothing. I am a tabula erasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman's shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am a being as mythic and monstrous as Moth ... more

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