Starting a movement

Superversive Science Fiction is not a new term, but a term we really need. It’s the opposite of subversive, obviously, and Superversive is something that builds up a person rather then depresses the reader until they’re halfway to killing themselves.
Once a while back, even I did an article discussing Superversive fiction, and why we need the term, and the movement.

And now, it’s becoming far more of a thing than you’d think.

As Jagi Lamplighter Wright posts on the Superversive site.

We are actually beginning our Superversive Book List! Our goal is to have a suggested reading list that can be shared about, listing books–from all time periods–that are worth reading! Hopefully, this will eventually lead to a Year’s Best list and a Superversive Award.

But for now, we are merely compiling a list. The results will be posted in a special Superversive Reading List place.

What is a Superversive book, you ask? A book that lives up to the motto: Good storytelling, great ideas.

For convenience sake, while this is not necessary, it would be nice if you could mark your suggestions by catagory:

Superversive — good storytelling, great ideas

Starship Trooper
Harry Potter

Noumenal Superversive (NS) – what I call Superversive–a story that lifts you out of the ordinary into something finer and higher.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe — and all the Narnia books
Wrinkle In Time

Childrens — books that are Superversive, but specifically for children.

Watership Down
The Dark is Rising

So come one, come all!

Write down your favorite Superversive book titles!

I’ve already started to assemble my own list.

  • Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International, as well as his Grimnoir Chronicles.
  • Wright’s “Iron Chamber of Memory”
  • “Les Miserables” — not SF, so that’s probably wrong.
  • “Chasing Freedom,” Marina Fontaine
  • Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series
  • “Out of the Darkness,” by David Webber
  • John Ringo’s “Special Circumstances” series
  • Timothy Zahn’s “Heir to the Empire”… okay, Zahn doing Star Wars. And Cobra. And … oh, just Zahn.
  • James Rollins “Sigma” novels are very scifi and very superversive as well.

I’ll work out some more later.

But right now, the most important thing? They want suggestions.  Go ahead, go over to their blog, and post your suggestions right now. 

And, once you do that, check out some of the books below.

And if you have, please leave a review.


About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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