A dense and compelling story about the assumptions modern people often make about the merits of over-design, and how those assumptions fail.
When capitalism came to South America, native cultures interpreted it as a kind of witchcraft. Money breeding with money!
The not-so-secret shared history of debt, religion, and human society. The first corporations were compared to angels! (Since they were immaterial, ostensibly immortal personages…)
Pratchett’s hilarious and wise, and Small Gods in particular is a pocket-sized gem of theology.
Everything you wanted to know about Southwestern water, but were afraid to ask—this is an older classic, but still a tale of titans and back-room skullduggery to match any epic.
Nobody beats Dunnett for deep, complex stories that don’t sacrifice pace or worldbuilding.
Vaughn and Staples use a cosmic Star Wars-esque war as a springboard for a very modern discussion of nonviolence and the personal costs of empire. (Quite NSFW)
The classic American fantasy novel.