Libertarian Fiction

Here’s a (slightly comprehensive) list of the best libertarian fiction.  Below you will find novels, short stories, children’s books, and graphic novels written from an explicitly libertarian, agorist, anarcho-capitalist, or objectivist perspective.

We’ve selected these specific libertarian stories because they are explicitly libertarian, meaning they explicitly identify and promote or defend at least one major tenant of political libertarianism (free markets, private property, individual rights etc.).

While many fictional works can read as implicitly libertarian (for instance any anti-authoritarian narrative such as, say, The Hunger Games) we chose to be a little more selective in what we include here, in the hope that these works will be both more interesting and more instructive for those learning about, or already fans of, political libertarianism.

This list of pro-freedom stories is organized by type (novel, short story, graphic novel, YA, children’s), genre (based on popularity), and then alphabetical by author.  Use the table of contents to find what interests you the most!

Table of Contents

Libertarian Novels

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The Preferred Observer by Matthew Alexander

Withur We by Matthew Alexander (Read AFL’s review here)

Net Assets by Carl Bussjaeger (Read for free here)

Bargaining Position by Carl Bussjaeger

7. The Light of Day by James Byrd

Looking Backward: 2162-2012 A View from a Future Libertarian Republic by Beth Cody

The Powers of the Earth (Aristillus Book 1) by Travis J. I. Corcoran

Causes of Separation (Aristillus Book 2) by Travis J. I. Corcoran

10. First Contract by Greg Costikyan

11. The Good Walk Alone by Wolf DeVoon

12. Mars Shall Thunder by Wolf DeVoon

14. Rapid Transit: A Novel of Teleportation and Entrepreneurship by James Rolph Edwards

Fallen Angels by Michael Flynn, Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle

Revenge of the Rare Birds by Joshua Garmond

Freestate California by Wayne C. Grantham

Gaiastan by Troy Grice (Read for free here)

17. Goldstein by Troy Grice

19. Time Will Run Back by Harry Hazlitt

20. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

The Mirror Maze by James P. Hogan

21. Darkship Thieves: Darkship 1 by Sarah A. Hoyt

Darkship Renegades: Darkship 2 by Sarah A. Hoyt

A Few Good Men: Darkship 3 by Sarah A. Hoyt

Through Fire: Darkship 4 by Sarah A. Hoyt

22. Floating Worlds by Cecilia Hollands

Red Queen: The Substrate Wars 1 by Jeb Kinnison

Nemo’s World: The Substrate Wars 2 by Jeb Kinnison

Shrivers: The Substrate Wars 3 by Jeb Kinnison

31. Kings of the High Frontier by Victor Koman

32. The Syndic by C. M. Kornbluth

33. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

24.The Price of Freedom by J.L. Leclerc

34. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

35. Moon of Ice by Brad Linaweaver

Infinity Hold Trilogy by Barry B. Longyear

38. The Star Fraction by Ken MaCleod

39. Recognition (Liberty First) by Marc Moore

42. Minerva by Bob Murphy (Read for free: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

Which Art in Hope: Spooner Federation 1 by Francis W. Porretto

Freedom’s Scion: Spooner Federation 2 by Francis W. Porretto

Freedom’s Fury: Spooner Federation 3 by Francis W. Porretto

47. Anthem by Ayn Rand (Graphic novel version: here)

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

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

The Great Destroyer by Jack Thorlin

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 (Read for free here)

80. The Lanague Chronicles by F. Paul Wilson

82. Freedom Engineering (in progress) by Ben Woods (Read free: here)

83. The Golden Age Trilogy by John C. Wright

Mystery and Thriller

2. Cra$hmaker: A Federal Affaire: A Novel by Alvaro Almeida and Victor Sperandeo

3. #Agora by Anonymous (Read free: here)

The Enemies Trilogy by Matthew Bracken

State of Terror by John Brown

4. The Overton Window by Glenn Beck

5. Hunter: A Thriller by Robert Bidinotto

6. Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

Speculator: High Ground 1 by Doug Casey and John F. Hunt

Drug Lord: High Ground 2 by Doug Casey and John F. Hunt

Crashed: The Death of the Dollar by William Cooper

9. Dear Madman by John Cooley

Lando Cruz and the Coup Conspiracy by George Donnelly

13. Old Nick’s Guide to Happiness: A Philosophical Novel by Nicholas Dykes

18. Indivisible: With Justice for Some Vol. 1 by Troy Grice (Read for free here)

Indivisible: Come and Take It Vol. 2 by Troy Grice (Read for free here)

Oathkeeper by Troy Grice (Read for free here)

23. Noble Vision by Gen LaGreca (Read AFL’s review: here)

Higher Cause by John F. Hunt

30. The Few Who Count by Aya Katz

Atlantis: A Novel about Economic Government by Robert Klassen

The Chimera Collusion by D.J. Knedgen

25. The Third Revolution by Anthony F. Lewis

26. Middle America by Anthony F. Lewis

27. An Act of Self-Defense by Erne Lewis

36. A Most Sacred Right by Robert Lukens

37. The Place to Stand by Robert Lukens

One Nation Under Blood by Tarrin P. Lupo

The Justice Cooperative by Joe Martino

The Dragonslayers, Volume 1: The Righteous and the Lawless by Matthew Maynard

The Dragonslayers, Volume 2: The Hand of Justice by Matthew Maynard

Publicani by Zak Maymin

Justice, Inc. by J.P. Medved

40. Chaos and Kingdom by J.S.B. Morse

41. Gods of Ruin by J.S.B. Morse

43. The Declaration by Evan F. Nappen

Island by Thomas Perry

White Continent: A Novel of War in Antarctica by David Poyer

44. Universal Coverage by Daniel Putkowski

45. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

46. The Fountainhead 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)

Unintended Consequences by John Ross

56. Molon Labe! by Kenneth W. Royce

57. Liberty Street by James Rushing

Fiat by Jeffrey Schlaman

Subprime Factor by Jeffrey Schlaman

Sharper Security by Thomas Sewell

69. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Patriots Versus Bureaucrats by Thomas Temple

Trust Your Enemies by Mark Tier

Knights of the Revolution by Jack Thorlin (Read the first few chapters on AFL free!)

War of Knights Series by Jack Thorlin

Centrifugal Force by Vaughn L. Treude

74. High Desert Barbecue by J.D. Tuccille (Read AFL’s review: here)

Dominatus: Liberty. Freedom. Family. by D.W. Ulsterman

Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises by Max Velocity

Patriot Rising: The Unbroken by Max Velocity

Historical Fiction

8. The Sparrowhawk Series by Ed Cline

15. The Churchill Memorandum by Sean Gabb

16. The Driver by Garet Garrett

Theodosia and the Pirates: The Battle Against Britain by Aya Katz

Theodosia and the Pirates: The War Against Spain by Aya Katz

A Dream of Daring by Gen LaGreca

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

48. We the Living by Ayn Rand

75. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Satire

Assume the Physician by John F. Hunt

Full Asylum by Michael Isenberg

Atlas Snubbed by Ken V. Krawchuk

81. Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson

Hardyville Tales: When “Don’t Tread On Me” meets “For Your Own Good” by Claire Wolfe

Libertarian Short Stories and Short Story Collections

Imagining Liberty: Volume 1 (Short Story Collection) Edited by Matthew Alexander, J.P. Medved, and Geoffrey Allan Plauché (Read for free here)

1. A Capitalist Christmas Carol by Donald Burleson

The Anarchy Belt (Short Story Collection) by Carl Bussjaeger

2. Survival of Freedom (Short Story Collection) Edited by John Carr and Jerry Pournelle

House of Refuge (Short Story) by Michael DiBaggio (Read for free here)

Salamander Six (Short Story) by Michael DiBaggio

Lawful Interception (Short Story) by Cory Doctorow (Read for free here)

Defiant, She Advanced: Legends of Future Resistance (Short Story Collection) Edited by George Donnelly (Read for free here)

Valiant, He Endured: 17 Sci-Fi Myths of Insolent Grit (Short Story Collection) Edited by George Donnelly

Tower of Horses (Short Story) by Leslie Fish

Anarchy Rising: The Clarion Call Volume 1 (Short Story Collection) Edited by Jon Garett

Echoes of Liberty: The Clarion Call Volume 2 (Short Story Collection) Edited by Jon Garett and Genesis Mickel

Unbound: The Clarion Call Volume 3 (Short Story Collection) Edited by Jon Garett and Genesis Mickel

Fairy Tale Riot: The Clarion Call Volume 4 (Short Story Collection) Edited by Jon Garett

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)

The Conscience of Abe’s Turn Episodes 1-4 (Short Story Collection) by J. Timothy King

Spark: Careen’s Prequel to the Resistance Series (Young Adult Short Story) by Tracy Lawson

6. Free Space (Short Story Collection) Edited by Brad Linaweaver and Edward E. Kramer

The Prisoner’s Hat (Short Story) by Tarrin P. Lupo

Granite Republic (Novella) by J.P. Medved

The Gun Grabbers (Short Story) by J.P. Medved (Read for free here)

The Contractors (Short Story) by J.P. Medved (Read for free here)

Under the Heel of the Aether Imperium (Novella) by J.P. Medved

49. The Early Ayn Rand (Short Story Collection) by Ayn Rand

Adventures in Human Space: The Belt and Beyond (Short Story Collection) by Sandy Sandfort

7. Nasty, Brutish and Short Stories (Short Story Collection) by J. Neil Schulman

Hitchhiking Killer for Hire (Short Story) by Thomas Sewell

8. The Great Simoleon Caper (Short Story) by Neal Stephenson

9. Prometheus Unbound (Short Story) by Mark Sulkowski

Renegade (Short Story) by Mark Tier

10. The Ungoverned (Short Story) by Vernor Vinge (Read free: here and see AFL’s review: here)

11. Lipidleggin’ (Short Story) by F. Paul Wilson

12. The Dinner Roll Parable (Short Story) by Richard Gleaves

Libertarian 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

Ayn Rand’s Anthem: The Graphic Novel by Ayn Rand, Charles Santino and Joe Staton

Anthem: The Graphic Novel by Ayn Rand, Jennifer Grossman, and Daniel Parsons

Voluntaryist: Humanity’s Last Stand Against Government (Ongoing) by Jaime Sherman (Free issue here) (Full issue list here)

Alongside Night: The Graphic Novel by J. Neil Schulman and Lee Oaks

11. TimePeeper (Graphic Novel) by L. Neil Smith and Sherard Jackson

Libertarian Young Adult Novels

In the Shadow of Ares: Amber’s Mars 1 by Carl C. Carlsson and Thomas L. James

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Homeland by Cory Doctorow

2. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein

Counteract: The Resistance Series 1 by Tracy Lawson

Resist: The Resistance Series 2 by Tracy Lawson

Ignite: The Resistance Series 3 by Tracy Lawson

Revolt: The Resistance Series 4 by Tracy Lawson

5. The Walton Street Tycoons by Jim Lesczynski

Pirates of Savannah Series: Young Adult Version by Tarrin P. Lupo

8. The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson

The Hidden Truth by Hans Schantz

A Rambling Wreck by Hans Schantz

The Brave and the Bold by Hans Schantz

Queen and Commander: Hive Queen Saga 1 by Janine A. Southard

Hive and Heist: Hive Queen Saga 2 by Janine A. Southard

Reign and Revolution: Hive Queen Saga 3 by Janine A. Southard

The Pirate of Panther Bay Series by SR Staley

13. RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone by Claire Wolf and Aaron Zelman

Libertarian Children’s Books

Trouble in Ippy-Tippy Town by Katie Berdan and Monica Bruenjes

Founders’ Fables by Laurie Cockerell and Travis Dougherty

Melontown Gets a New Mayor by Sarah Durand

Freedom Bee by Nicole Haas

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

The Secret Under the Staircase: An Economic Adventure Series for Kids by I.M. Lerner and Catherine L. Osornio

Libertania: The Liberation of Conformia by Brian Lobb and Chet Taylor

Cannon the Brown Bear by Kyle McGrath and Michaela McGrath

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill and Ronni Solbert

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

7. Gino Badino (Children’s Book) by Diana Engel Morrow

Foundering Fathers: What Jefferson, Franklin, and Abigail Adams Saw in Modern D.C.! by Edward P. Moser and Andy C. Ellis

Animal Colony: A Cautionary Tale for Today by Thomas Allen Rexroth and Mark Andrew Olsen

9. Lawn Boy (Children’s Book) by Gary Paulsen

Patriot and Friends: Fair and Square by Michelle A. Peacock and Christy Beckwith

10. The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey (Children’s Book) by Ken Schoolland (Read free: here)

With My Rifle by My Side: A Second Amendment Lesson by Kimberly Jo Simac

11. An Island Called Liberty (Children’s Book) by Joseph Specht

12. Araboolies of Liberty Street (Children’s Book) by Sam Swope

The Fisherman’s Catch by Thomas Wright and Heather Dixon

Other notable lists of liberty-themed fiction:

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

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

https://io9.gizmodo.com/10-greatest-libertarian-science-fiction-stories-5254742

21 Responses

  1. James R. Edwards says:

    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.

    • Aducknamedjoe says:

      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. Sean Gabb says:

    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.

  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!

  6. Whoops! You already have “The Girl Who Owned a City” listed. That’ll teach me to read more carefully! Take a look at the other suggestions, too, though.

  7. Matt says:

    A great book I read recently from an Agorist/Crypto-Anarchist perspective is A Lodging of Wayfaring Men by Paul A. Rosenberg.

    • Aducknamedjoe says:

      Matt,

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

  8. Troy says:

    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!

  9. Cody Segraves says:

    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.

    • Aducknamedjoe says:

      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!

  10. 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.

  11. Dabooda says:

    Looking Backward: 2162-2012 A View from a Future Libertarian Republic, by Beth Cody.

    The title says it all. Check out the reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Backward-2162-2012-Libertarian-Republic-ebook/dp/B007ITA0C4/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407269394&sr=1-1&keywords=looking+backward%2C+beth

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