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25 March 2008 @ 08:10 pm
satirical speculative fiction?  
I'm thinking of doing an independent study (at the Masters level) on satirical speculative fiction. I've already come up with some ideas (Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and possibly Galapagos,; something by Pratchett, probably a few books from the Death arc and the first Witches arc, maybe Strata or Small Gods; one or more of Adams' Hitchhiker's books). However, I'm not sure if I can get away with studying only three authors in my top five. I'm sure I'll be expected to branch out and survey more writers.

So, my question is, do you know of any works that are satirical and speculative fiction? I would really appreciate any recommendations.
jamesengejamesenge on March 26th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Besides the obvious suspects (Orwell, Huxley) for pre-Vonnegut stuff, you might have a look at Pohl & Kornbluth--and Kingsley Amis' writeup up of 50s sf in New Maps of Hell. Amis himself wrote some satirical sf (The Antideath League or something like that). For within-genre satire, try Harrison's Bill the Galactic Hero.
afranklindsey on March 30th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I came across a Kornbluth short story that looks like it would really fit well with what I'm looking to do.
Kate Quickly-Pistol: pl travers titaniakateqp on March 26th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Jasper Fforde would be a good option, too.
book_mavenbook_maven on April 4th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know of any sci-fi books besides the ones already mentioned, but for fantasy there's Magic Kingdom for Sale Sold! by Terry Brooks, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (finally reprinted and available in hardcover).

Diana Wynne Jones also has two YA books in the same vein, The Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel The Year of the Griffin.

Good luck!