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Best Sci-Fi fantasy books with conspiracy themes & conspiracy theories

While conspiracy themes and conspiracy theories are most often found in sci-fi, they also exist in fantasy novels. All the books below in someway or another tackle conspiracies and the impact they have on the masses. They ask questions about conspiracy theories and their validity, whilst they weave those conspiracies into fantastic narratives and enticing mysterious stories for us to discover. From space opera to epic fantasy, these books explore classic ideas that every conspiracy theorist will know, like alternative history, totalitarianism, false flags, AI run world, deep state control, alternate history, mythology, occultism, secret societies (illuminate, free masonry), assassination, paranoia and more.

To my understanding, most conspiracy theories try to explain or hold to a belief that there is an underlying connection to all things, that almost everything is part and parcel of the whole, with an all powerful group or entity behind the curtains. Religious believers have their Gods to explain the connection and underlying links in all things. Scientists have a rigorous set of principle and rules to explain their world and its mechanisms. Conspiracy theorists are curious, passionate and, in some cases, proven to be true by time.

So enjoy these conspiracy novels.

A few generalised definitions of a modern conspiracy theory.

1: Conspiracy theories typically center on accusations of government wrongdoing or secret plots by powerful groups or individuals.

2: A conspiracy theory is an explanation for an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy by powerful people or organizations. Proponents of conspiracy theories often believe that there is a secret plot or group behind an event, and that the official account of the event is not true. Conspiracy theories are often based on unsubstantiated claims, and they are not always supported by evidence.

3: A conspiracy theory is a belief that two or more people are working together in secret to harm others or accomplish some goal. The theory may be based on real events, but the belief is not supported by evidence. Conspiracy theories are often used to explain away unpopular or inconvenient truths.

4: Conspiracy theories are often ridiculed and dismissed as the products of overactive imaginations. However, history has shown that many of these theories are actually correct. As time goes on and more information is revealed, it becomes clear that there was indeed a conspiracy at work. This is why it’s important to take these theories seriously and investigate them further.

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The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. They explore the world of conspiracy theories. The books explore JFKs assassination, secret societies, Atlantis, Hilters death, Nazis, human sacrifice, the Illuminati, shadow realms and more. With characters like Hagbard Celine, leader of the discordians bringing wisdom and chaos, as he confuses and guides the story to uncover a global conspiracy involving the Illuminati, and competing secret societies, that are said to control the world.

It is a not so classic battle of black vs white, between the Illuminati and the Discordians. The trilogy is full of humor and satire, and it offers a unique perspective on some of the most popular conspiracy theories. This is one of my favourite books of all time and it has possibly the best quote of all time, “Never whistle whilst you’re pissing” i.e. do not divide your attention!

Check out Robert Anton Wilson’s other titles. He was PHD in both psychology and electrical engineering and his non-fiction books are fascinating.

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The Foundation series, by Isaac Asimov

The Foundation series is a science fiction series written by Isaac Asimov. The series is about the fall of the Galactic Empire and the establishment of the Foundation, a group of mathematicians, scientists and engineers who plan to preserve human knowledge and rebuild civilization. The series has been praised for its complex plot and characters that spans millennia, as well as its exploration of philosophical and sociological themes around society and civilisation.

You could argue that this is a set of books about multiple secret societies that are attempting to control the world/ known universe through conspiracy and manipulation. The books are full of twists and turns, and the characters are constantly scheming against each other.

The stories are set in a future Galactic Empire where the mathematician Hari Seldon spends his life developing a theory of psychohistory. This is a new and effective mathematical sociology that uses statistical laws of mass action to predict the future of large populations. Seldon foresees the Empire’s fall and a Dark Age lasting 30,000 years before a second empire arises.

Seldon’s plan to limit the interregnum to just one thousand years is to create the Foundations—two groups of scientists and engineers settled at opposite ends of the galaxy—to preserve the spirit of science and civilization.

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Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons

Carrion Comfort is a science fiction horror novel by Dan Simmons. The novel follows a group of telepaths who use their abilities to control and manipulate others for their own gain. This group of powerful people who have the ability to control other people’s minds, use this ability to create a world where they are the only ones who matter, taking bets amongst themselves and playing chess with the world as the board. The novel explores the idea of mind control and how evil doers would use it. It also touches on the topic of conspiracy theories of a secret ruling class that pull all the strings using their powerful minds to control the minds of the masses.

There is a lot of debate about whether telepathic mind control is possible. Over the years, both the US and Russian governments have invested heavily in its research. However, it is possible to control people’s minds using various now telepathic techniques. These techniques can include things like hypnosis, subliminal messages, and even drugs. In the UK, stage magician Derren Brown has popularised this. While there is no definitive proof that telepathic mind control is possible, there are many who believe that it is a real phenomenon. Are they on to something? Carrion Comfort, however, is in the full-blown mind vampire territory!

The novel explores the dark side of human nature, and the lengths to which people will go to get what they want. The novel is a fast-paced, page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. 

Carrion Comfort won the Bram Stoker Award, The Locus Poll Award for Best Horror Novel, The World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and The August Derleth Award for Best Novel in 1990

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Dune By Frank Herbert

Dune, published in 1965 is an award-winning science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert. It won the 1966 Hugo Award and the first Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the first installment of the Dune saga, and in 2003 was cited as the world’s best-selling science fiction novel.

Set in the far future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the “spice” melange, it is therefore valuable, and controlled by the spacing guild, a commercial empire. The story explores themes of politics, religion, ecology, and human evolution.

There are many conspiracy theories surrounding the classic science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Some believe that the book is actually a coded message from Herbert to the government, warning them about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Others believe that the book is a veiled critique of the military-industrial complex, or that it contains hidden messages about the Illuminati. Whatever the truth may be, Dune is a complex and fascinating work of fiction that continues to inspire new interpretations and analysis.

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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly is a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick, published in 1977. The novel is set in a future dystopian America where the use of illegal drugs has become rampant and society has become a police state. The story follows the life of an undercover agent, Bob Arctor, as he tries to infiltrate a drug ring. The novel explores the themes of drug addiction, paranoia, and deep state government control. A true classic.

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The Silence In The Song by Robb Wallace

The Silence In The Song is a fantasy science fiction book by Robb Wallace (me), published in 2022. A nomad, fuelled by hallucinogenic vision, sets off on a quest to kill the nightmare in his vision. Along the way, he finds out that reality is not what he has been led to believe. Covers ideas of the deep state, alien beings farming us from a far, demonic entities feeding on us at death, false flags and more. It is full of action, adventure, and curiosity.

The key theme or conspiracy is that ancient alien gods have enslaved most of the world without their knowledge.

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The Silence In The Song

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