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    Book Review: The Dispossessed

    by In late 2015, I read The Left Hand of Darkness and found myself caught up in Ms. Le Guin’s idea of science fiction as thought experiment rather than the more frequent “if this goes on” model. In that case, the experiment was in building a society around the idea of being genderless. The Dispossessed, however gives us a vision of a society built on anarchy. It’s not true anarchy, of course, but more an agreement of freedom from interference between its citizens, a path leading through anarcho-communism to a point where centralism and bureaucracy have begun to creep in. Chapters in the book follow Shevek through two timelines on…