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Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this postcapitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism might actually entail. Could the current rise of real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender's Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealth - but there's no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of "likes", wouldn't rise to take their place.

A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful - and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.

©2016 Peter Frase (P)2017 Tantor

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A great read for futurists

Loved it. Great narrator. Easy read. Amazing content. Perfect for people who like pondering the future.

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  • Bavani T.
  • 02-24-18

awful narrator

The narrator was terrible - not engaging at all. The book itself wasn't that great either - the concept was brilliant, and the way it was structured was nice (an introduction, four chapters for each of the four futures and then a brief conclusion) but the writing was not great - was lacking in clarity.

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  • Dan Godley
  • 02-08-18

Interesting But Short

Very interesting book to listen to. At first I thought the performance was a bit off putting as his style is so robotic (something that becomes fairly ironic as you realise some of the books content). In actual fact, the performance was just as clear and easy to follow as the writing style. Would definitely recommend just be aware of the length before buying - it is very short.

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