Like social and political thought experiments? Science fiction is one of the best places to explore important social issues we face today. The best speculative fiction has always grappled with issues such as gender and race; economic inequality; the role of technology in our lives; questions about personhood itself; post-scarcity societies; environmental concerns; and so much more.
Once each month, we'll meet to discuss a science fiction (or speculative fiction) book that has a strong element of social or political speculation, and talk about what it might mean in terms of a progressive society. We'll read classics and contemporary books, including utopian/dystopian writing, space opera, cyberpunk, and more. Here's a list of the type of books you may encounter...and please, we always love recommendations.
"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin
"Metatropolis" ed. by John Scalzi
"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
"Kirinyaga" by Mike Resnick
"Foundation" by Isaac Asimov