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Recent Non-Fiction Book About Failed New England Utopian Farm

I was listening to an episode of the BBC's "History Extra" Podcast sometime in the last year or two and they interviewed a historian who'd recently written a book about utopias, specifically a failed New England farm in the 1800's started by people with good intentions but who weren't good at farming. Does anyone remember this episode or know the book it was talking about? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Designing a modern city from first principles

I'm looking for writing that envisions cities designed from the ground up, for the modern day, ignoring all the urban planning assumptions that have persisted for centuries. [more inside]
posted by ejs on Jun 2, 2016 - 29 answers

Is prematurely-cancelled British thriller "Utopia" still worth watching?

I saw the first episode last night and liked it very much. But I read that the show was very prematurely cancelled after two seasons and the creators were denied the chance to finish the story in a two-hour special. Is the show such that it's still worth investing the time in the two existing series? Or is this a recipe for frustration?
posted by eugenen on Jul 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Sci-Fi short story search

I read a creepy utopia/dystopia sci-fi short story ~5 years ago, believe it was in an anthology and haven't been able to find it since... [more inside]
posted by Schlani on Sep 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Welcome citizen to a generic science fiction utopia

You how there's always a scene in science fiction movies where a character enters some futuristic utopia and a robotic voice starts talking to them, saying something like "Welcome to Futureville, where all your needs are met" ? Is there a name for this trope? Can you think of some good examples? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Sep 15, 2014 - 36 answers

"...when we stop suffering like animals and start suffering like men"

I've been on the hunt for the original of a quote that seems to have become a leftist proverb. The quote is paraphrased in the following way: [Communism/Socialism/Utopia/Freedom] will be when we stop suffering like animals and start suffering like human beings. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Book Filter: Dystopian/Utopian Novel with Roman Setting

Tyring to recall the title of a book: a society which follows a largely Roman style of rule. There are (IIRC) three real social classes: male Centurions, male slaves/servants and women. From the outside, it appeared that the military structure was the ruling class, but the women were breeding out aggression and seeing that all aggressive men became Centurions and the others appeared to be slaves/servants.
posted by plinth on Jun 27, 2013 - 1 answer


Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Hook Me into the Zen Machine

Do-Over: What are the chords to the Utopia song, Zen Machine? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Grek translating: If 'Good Place/No place' is Utopia, Would 'Other Place' be Eteratopia?

Futzing with Ancient Greek: If 'Good Place/No place' is Utopia, Would 'Other Place' be Eteratopia? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jun 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Accentuate the positive?

Does "utopia" exist in modern/contemporary fiction? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Dec 3, 2009 - 32 answers

Where's my jetpack?!

Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 answers

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit?

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit? How do companies conduct their business? How are civic services accomplished? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm looking for Utopia.

Where is the perfect place to live? For me, of course. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Dec 16, 2008 - 45 answers

Utopian internet manifestos?

Can someone direct me to some good Utopian internet manifestos? The times did an article with a good summary of techno-realist manifestos, but I want to find some really, really wacky Utopian examples.
posted by munyeca on Feb 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Plug Me In To The Zen Machine

Obscure Todd Rundgren/Utopia filter: What chords will go with the Utopia song "Zen Machine" ? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Oct 23, 2007 - 1 answer

Know a short story where service-worker drones started being managed by constant messages in their earpieces?

Looking for a short story I read online, where technological advances eliminate middle management and then junior employees, with a fast food restaurant used as an example... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Minority Voices on Dystopia

Looking for traditions/ideas/conjecture/debate about hypothetical "dystopias" (from/not limited to: fiction, film, social/political theory, philosophy, eschatology) that come from non-White/European (of any gender) voices. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 1, 2007 - 15 answers

The Ape People Had Memory Machines

I read this book in the late '70s about a secret colony of people who were turning themselves into people/ape hybrids. It was pretty clearly juvenile lit, but I still need it for my shelves. [more inside]
posted by mph on Mar 1, 2006 - 7 answers

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