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  • if you are looking for 'the' literary genre appropriate for the p2p/commons movement, look no further than Solarpunk

Contextual Citation

"Cyberpunk and Solarpunk are actually based on very similar tenets. Both contain the central idea that human nature doesn’t tend to change. The key difference is that Cyberpunk assumes that the worst human traits will dominate, leading greed and exploitation to win out. Consequently, Cyberpunk is full of grimdark dystopian visions and high levels of cynicism. Solarpunk in contrast assumes that the best human traits will dominate, giving more optimistic eutopian (not utopian) visions. Cyberpunk is in reaction to the shiny spacesuits and silver rockets of the 1960s. Solarpunk, in turn, is in reaction to Cyberpunk. Where Cyberpunk is about nihilism, Solarpunk is about anti-nihilism."

- A solarpunk statement [1]

Key Resources

  1. 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read, by China Mieville
  2. Shareable Futures: Shareable magazine has a series of s-f fiction stories by Bruce Sterling and others, featuring futures based on sharing and sustainability
  3. Cory Doctorow: Technology Can Be a Force for Liberation. Introduction to the Persian edition of the science fiction novel Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, London, June 2008
  4. Delicious tags for updates at,

Reviews by P2P Foundation Collaborators

  • Kevin Carson reviews
  1. The Makers by Cory Doctorow,
  2. The Caryatids. Bruce Sterling,

Key P2P Fiction

Science Fiction

* Bibliographies:


* Individual Books:

  1. Makers. Cory Doctorow. The second industrial revolution -- at the micro scale.
  2. Daemon and FreedomTM. Daniel Suarez. A second American revolution enabled by software. Resilient communities.
  3. Islands in the Net. Bruce Sterling. City state warfare (Singapore vs. Grenada).
  4. Snow Crash. Neal Stephenson. Post nation-state thinking. "Burbclave" city states vs. "Fedland" (a bureaucratic nightmare of what's left of the gov't) vs. Criminal corporate franchises.
  5. The Diamond Age. Neal Stephenson. Nanotech warfare. Nanotech future dissolves global social systems. People respond by recreating historical cultures to give meaning to their lives.