Book List

A (slightly comprehensive) list of the best fiction written from an explicitly libertarian, pro-capitalist, or objectivist perspective. Organized by type and alphabetical by author.

Novels

1. Withur We by Matthew Alexander (Read AGL’s review: here)
2. Cra$hmaker: A Federal Affaire: A Novel by Alvaro Almeida and Victor Sperandeo
3. #Agora by Anonymous (Read free: here)
4. The Overton Window by Glenn Beck
5. Hunter: A Thriller by Robert Bidinotto
6. Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken
7. The Light of Day by James Byrd
8. The Sparrowhawk Series by Ed Cline
9. Dear Madman by John Cooley
10. First Contract by Greg Costikyan
11. The Good Walk Alone by Wolf DeVoon
12. Mars Shall Thunder by Wolf DeVoon
13. Old Nick’s Guide to Happiness: A Philosophical Novel by Nicholas Dykes
14. Rapid Transit: A Novel of Teleportation and Entrepreneurship by James Rolph Edwards
15. The Churchill Memorandum by Sean Gabb
16. The Driver by Garet Garrett
17. Goldstein by Troy Grice
18. Indivisible by Troy Grice (Read free: here)
19. Time Will Run Back by Harry Hazlitt
20. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
21. Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt
22. Floating Worlds by Cecilia Hollands
23. Noble Vision by Gen LaGreca (Read AGL’s review: here)
24.The Price of Freedom by J.L. Leclerc
25. The Third Revolution by Anthony F. Lewis
26. Middle America by Anthony F. Lewis
27. An Act of Self-Defense by Erne Lewis
28. Pirates of Savannah: The Birth of Freedom in the Low Country by Tarrin P. Lupo
29. Anarquia by Brad Linaweaver and J. Kent Hastings
30. The Few Who Count by Aya Katz
31. Kings of the High Frontier by Victor Koman
32. The Syndic by C. M. Kornbluth
33. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
34. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
35. Moon of Ice by Brad Linaweaver
36. A Most Sacred Right by Robert Lukens
37. The Place to Stand by Robert Lukens
38. The Star Fraction by Ken MaCleod
39. Recognition (Liberty First) by Marc Moore
40. Chaos and Kingdom by J.S.B. Morse
41. Gods of Ruin by J.S.B. Morse
42. Minerva by Bob Murphy (Read for free: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)
43. The Declaration by Evan F. Nappen
44. Universal Coverage by Daniel Putkowski
45. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
46. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
47. Anthem by Ayn Rand (Graphic novel version: here)
48. We the Living by Ayn Rand
49. The Early Ayn Rand (Short Story Collection) by Ayn Rand
50. The Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand
51. The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protection by Russell Roberts
52. The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance by Russell Roberts
53. The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity by Russell Roberts
54. The Iron Web by Larken Rose
55. A Lodging of Wayfaring Men by Paul Rosenberg (Read free: here)
56. Molon Labe! by Kenneth W. Royce
57. Liberty Street by James Rushing
58. And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russel
59. The Great Explosion by Eric Frank Russell (Read free: here
60. Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman (Free PDF: here)
61. Escape From Heaven by J. Neil Schulman
62. The Rainbow Cadenza by J. Neil Schulman
63. Hope by L. Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
64. Pallas by L. Neil Smith
65. The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith (Graphic novel version: here)
66. Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith
67. The Venus Belt by L. Neil Smith
68. Fe Fi FOE Comes by William C. Staples
69. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
70. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
71. Eden Against the Colossus by G. Stolyarov II
72. The Hostile Takeover Trilogy by S. Andrew Swann
73. The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance by Vin Suprynowicz
74. High Desert Barbecue by J.D. Tuccille (Read AGL’s review: here)
75. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
76. Emphyrio by Jack Vance
77. Marooned in Realtime (Peace War) by Vernor Vinge
78. The Empire of Isher: The Weapon Makers / The Weapon Shops of Isher by A.E. Van Vogt
79. Freehold by Michael Z. Wiliamson
80. The Lanague Chronicles by F. Paul Wilson
81. Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
82. Freedom Engineering (in progress) by Ben Woods (Read free: here)
83. The Golden Age Trilogy by John C. Wright

Short Stories and Short Story Collections

1. A Capitalist Christmas Carol by Donald Burleson
2. Survival of Freedom (Short Story Collection) Edited by John Carr and Jerry Pournelle
3. Visions of Liberty (Short Story Collection) Edited by Martin Greenberg
4. Give Me Liberty (Short Story Collection) Edited by Martin Greenberg
5. Freedom! (Short Story Collection) Edited by Martin Greenberg (Read free: here)
6. Free Space (Short Story Collection) Edited by Brad Linaweaver and Edward E. Kramer
7. Nasty, Brutish and Short Stories (Short Story Collection) by J. Neil Schulman
8. The Great Simoleon Caper (Short Story) by Neal Stephenson
9. Prometheus Unbound (Short Story) by Mark Sulkowski
10. The Ungoverned (Short Story) by Vernor Vinge (Read free: here and see AGL’s review: here)
11. Lipidleggin’ (Short Story) by F. Paul Wilson
12. The Dinner Roll Parable (Short Story) by Richard Gleaves

Graphic Novels

1. A Drug War Carol (Graphic Novel) by Susan W. Wells and Scott Bieser
2. Escape from Terra (Graphic Novel) by Sandy Sandfort, Scott Bieser and Lee Oaks
3. Roswell, Texas (Graphic Novel) by L Neil Smith, Rex F. May, Scott Bieser and Jen Zach
4. Quantum Vibe (Graphic Novel) by Scott Bieser
5. Female Force: Ayn Rand (Graphic Novel) by John Blundell and Todd Tennant
6. The Infidel #1 (Graphic Novel) by Bosch Fawstin
7. Table for One (Graphic Novel) by Bosch Fawstin
8. Batman: Anarky (Graphic Novel) by Alan Grant
9. V for Vendetta (Graphic Novel) by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
10. Silver Circle (Graphic Novel; Ongoing) by Jackie Musto
11. TimePeeper (Graphic Novel) by L. Neil Smith and Sherard Jackson

Children’s Books and Young Adult

1. Little Brother (Young Adult) by Cory Doctorow
2. Citizen of the Galaxy (Young Adult) by Robert Heinlein
3. Starboortz Fish (Children’s Book) by Barbara Hughes
4. The Legend of Anarcho Claus (Children’s Book) by Samuel Edward Konkin III and Victor Koman
5. The Walton Street Tycoons (Young Adult) by Jim Lesczynski
6. The Pushcart War (Children’s Book) by Jan Merrill
7. Gino Badino (Children’s Book) by Diana Engel Morrow
8. The Girl Who Owned a City (Young Adult) by O. T. Nelson
9. Lawn Boy (Children’s Book) by Gary Paulsen
10. The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey (Children’s Book) by Ken Schoolland (Read free: here)
11. An Island Called Liberty (Children’s Book) by Joseph Specht
12. Araboolies of Liberty Street (Children’s Book) by Sam Swope
13. RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone (Young Adult) by Claire Wolf and Aaron Zelman

Other notable lists of liberty-themed fiction:

http://www.nuketown.com/features/libertariansf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-capitalist_literature

http://io9.com/#!5254742/10-greatest-libertarian-science-fiction-stories


21 thoughts on “Book List

  1. Great list! I am going to order several of these books. And I appreciate whoever thought highly enough of my novel, Rapid Transit, to put it on this list. Since it is a new novel (out 2010) I hope that libertarian readers will go to lulu.com (the publisher) or any of the online book seller sites and post reviews. I badly need them. Also, email me your comments.

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t yet read Rapid Transit (this list is meant to be comprehensive, rather than pieces we at AGL have personally experienced) but I’m looking to order it and when I put a review up for it on this site I’ll make sure to cross-post to Lulu.

  2. At soverindi.com you will find information about two, soon to be three, libertarian oriented novels. One is “The Place to Stand.” The other is “A Most Sacred Right.” You can read a portion of each online to see if they appeal to you. Soverindi is a word coined in the first book. It is composed of the first two syllables of each of the words “sovereign” and “individual.”

  3. Many thanks for including my Churchill Memorandum in your list. I’ve added a link to this site on my own site. By the way, you might care to look at the historical novels of my friend Richard Blake. These have been translated in Spanish, Italian, Slovak, Chinese, Hungarian and Greek, and are explicitly libertarian.

    1. Hi Sean,

      Thanks for writing it! I’ll look into Richard Blake. Any suggested starting point?

  4. A good list, and thanks for putting my Alongside Night on it.

    A few additional recommendations:

    Novels:

    Moon of Ice by Brad Linaweaver
    Anarquia by Brad Linaweaver and J. Kent Hastings
    The Rainbow Cadenza by me
    Escape from Heaven by me

    Short Stories and Short Story Collections
    Free Space, edited by Brad Linaweaver and Ed Kramer
    Nasty, Brutish, and Short Stories by me

    All of the above can be found on Amazon.com

    “The Laughskeller” by me
    on the web at http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2009/11/and-now-for-something-completely-different-the-laughskeller/

  5. To the children’s list, you might want to add: “The Girl Who Owned a City,” by O.T. Nelson; “Rebelfire: Out of the Gray Zone,” by Claire Wolfe, and “Lawn Boy,” by Gary Paulsen. All of Paulsen’s books have individualist themes. You have to catch the kids early!

    1. J.D.,

      Awesome! Hadn’t heard of Paulsen yet; I’ll look into him and get those added shortly!

    1. Matt,

      I mentioned “Lodging” in a post on free libertarian novels, but forgot to add it to this list. Will do so shortly, thanks!

  6. Hi,

    Thank you for posting my books alongside all these excellent, liberty-oriented works. I’m very flattered.

    If I may… I actually have a third libertarian-themed novella out called Gaiastan which is a Messianic tale set in a future ‘green’ totalitarianism.

    Thanks again!

    1. Troy,

      It will be added shortly; I hadn’t realized you’d finished it already!

  7. I’d definitely say the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins should be suggested libertarian fiction. It’s well written, engaging, and hard to put down, making it perfect for young libertarians and adults alike.

    And A Song of Ice and Fire… Martin is not a libertarian, and the novels are not overtly libertarian, but there are themes found within the novels that are arguably of a rather libertarian nature. The entire concept of the wildlings/ free folk and the economic Freeholds across the Narrow Sea are examples of such.

    1. Cody,

      Those are both great series with libertarian themes. Another similar one is Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein even wrote to his son that he considered himself an anarchist), but this list is focused on explicit libertarian fiction (where the authors specifically meant for libertarian themes to be found/portrayed) so I don’t think fiction which is only incidentally libertarian is a good fit here.

      Thanks again for the suggestions however!

  8. Perhaps consider changing the style of these lists so as not to include numbers. I initially assumed it was some form of ranking. Bullets or an unstyled list might be better suited for this purpose.

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