Fork Talk #1 – Brenda Cooper’s reading list (as mentioned earlier today)

At her speech for the first edition of the #forktalks, Brenda touched on the power of story as a way to spark interest in the future, to explore possible solutions, and to either warn or instill hope. Here are some of her book recommendations mentioned during her talk, as well as other good reads suggestions from Brenda.

All Manifesto topics


·      The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson, 2020

·      Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds, 2012

Climate Crisis


·      New York, 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2017

·      The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi, 2015

·      Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver, 2013


·      The Great Silence, by Ted Chiang

·      Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction, edited by John Joseph Adams, 2015

New economic and political frameworks


·      Stealing Worlds, Karl Schroeder, 2019

·      The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler, 1993 (also Climate)

·      1984, George Orwell, 1949 (Dark, but important)


·      Karl Schroeder, Degrees of Freedom, Hieroglyph, Stories and Visions for a better future, 2015

Exponential Progress


·      The Phoenix Horizon Trilogy, PJ Manney, 2015 – 2021

·      Accellerando, Charlie Stross, 2009

·      WWW Trilogy, Robert Sawyer, 2009

Human enhancement, longevity, and genome editing


·      The Nexus Trilogy, Ramez Naam, 2013-2015

·      Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress, 1994

·      Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes, 1958

·      Time enough for Love, Robert A. Heinlein, 1973

Other writers to pay attention to:

·      Cory Doctorow

·      Liu Cixin

·      Paolo Bacigalupi

·      N.K Jemisin

·      Tobias Buckell

·      Neil Stephenson

·      Nnedi Okorafor

And here is the video from today’s event

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