The Real World of Technology

Ursula M. Franklin

A criticism of technology that puts the needs of humans ahead of the needs of technology.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

A human envoy arrives on a planet known as “Winter.” His solitary mission is to welcome the people of Winter to a collection of planets, but to do so he must first find welcome himself.

Playing the Whore

Melissa Gira Grant

The thesis of Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing The Whore is simple: sex work is work.

The Peripheral

William Gibson

Drones, haptics, ocular implants, virtual reality, climate change, nanotechnology, celebrity: like all of Gibson’s novels, The Peripheral is a novel of the future that’s entirely about the present.

A vigorous defense of the value of culture and a rejection of simplistic market fantasies that reduce art, journalism, and music to demand economics.

Naomi Klein’s newest book has a singular and irrefutable claim: responding to climate change requires nothing less than dismantling capitalism from the ground up.

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay

We should all be as bad at feminism as Roxane Gay is.