Inspiration from the Past

From Our Networks 2047

VERN2040 Malvern Toronto in 2040


New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Everything for Everyone by M. E. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi

Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling

Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Peripheral (The Jackpot Trilogy) by William Gibson

Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy) by Tade Thompson

Infinite Detail by Tim Maughn

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer


Weight of Light

After Oil: SF Visions Of A Post-Petroleum World

Damaged Earth Catalogue

Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Podcast Octavia's Parables

Name Author Description When to Read
A Psalm for the Wild Built Becky Chambers Endearing and lovely story following a non-binary (to the reader) tea-monk on the journey of discovering something lost, described through a world far from ours, in beautiful details. Cozy journey time!
Akata Witch + Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorfor Harry Potter but in Africa is how I (zelf) felt reading this book. It was engaging and a great read! Suited for young folx as well. Fantastic Journey and time to cozy up with books!
Autonomous Annalee Newits Futurism bio-hacking drug pirate on a mission to give medicin to those who can't afford it when something goes awry. Hot on her trail are a detective and his robotic partner. Surprising read that has stayed in my core. Explores capitalism and how it's embedded in research as well as layers of sexuality (zelf) You know that feeling when you wish you could just stay up with someone all night talking about society, how f*cked it is and how to change it over a glass of wine, or kombucha? Yeah, this book too.
Binti Nnedi Okorfor Darker than Akata Witch yet still suited for young adults. Follows a young girls interplanetary journey for knowledge while navigating the judgements of society and family. Maybe a bit brooding?
Blackfish City Sam Miller A future floating city of Qaanaaq after climate change has lead to rapid and sweeping political changes. Cozy inside when it's a cold season
Lilith's Brood Octavia Butler Fantastic and intricate yet dark depiction of an earth which is at the brink of collapse when aliens approach with their own agenda. Metaphore for colonialism written by the mother of AfroFuturism. You would like to explore colonialism, not only in concept but the intricacy of living with it.
Little Brother Cory Doctorow Hacktivism story with a lot of references to real life hacking methods and tools. Good to get a gist of what cyber security is all about and to help radicalize against surveillance capitalism. Curious about techness and would like to gulp a book
Noor Nnedi Okorfor The most adult of the books I've (zelf) read by Okorafor. Explores the topics of corporate exploitation and follows an android woman on her journey for truth, relations and escape. When it's time for Adventure!
The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin Set on the anarcho-syndicalist planet of Annares and the capitalist Urras, the book explores the relations and different perspectives both societies have toward each other as a physicist, Shevek, feels out of place while developing a new theory. Early in your life when you are quick to act and name what you don't agree with. And again later in your life (or if that changes)
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin In a world of humanoids who are both male and female a lone envoy attempts to connect from the loose galactic confederation of planets. Full of interesting concept, heavily intricate world building and gripping experiences. Requires patience, and groundedness, while getting immersed in a world. Feel it, all the way through
The MurderBot Diaries Martha Wells Following an AI who hacked its own governance module and now refers to itself as MurderBot, it's a gripping story that will keep you turning pages through snide comments and self-irony. Non-binary all the way through! You know when you really just feel like watching an action movie that has a lot of catchy lines without the sticky-icky of embedded patriarchy? Then read this.
The Word For World Is Forrest Ursula Le Guin Set on a planet mined for resourses and following the collide with the local people of the planet, this book is a statement about war and how violence as a means shapes the forces who utilize it, as well as a depiction of the brutalism of colonialism. While this was the main intention with writing the novel, it simultaniously depicts a society in which dreams hold an important place for the culture. Based on a real tribe. Read when curious, yet ready to brave dark reality
Walkaway Cory Doctorow Considered a SolarPunk manifesto. Story centeres around a group who decide to walk-away from society and find their own. Lots of references to real life projects and things. Let's do shit! Inspiration book.

Movies and Television

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Dark Angel