Three books to base a society on.

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IVIasterJay:
1. The Call of Cthulhu
2. The Pit and the Pendulum
3. The Birds

My society won't last a day.

I like that list.
I'd go with:

1. Metro 2033
2. The Call of Cthuhu (or something akin to it, like At the Mountains of Madness if the Call of Cthulhu is too short)
3. House of Leaves

It would be an enlightened world - in the worst possible way.

1. Les misÚrables
2. War & Peace
3. Notes from the Underground

Reading other people's suggestions kinda makes me sad... Where's the good litterature people???

shrimpcel:
1. Les misÚrables
2. War & Peace
3. Notes from the Underground

Reading other people's suggestions kinda makes me sad... Where's the good literature people???

Just because it's well written that does not mean the world it beautifully builds is desirable to live in. I love brave more world but I would hate to live in that wasteland.

1) Paranoia 2nd Edition (TTRPG handbook)
2) Nothing else needed, do you doubt the Computer? DIE COMMIE TRAITOR!!

1. The Yellowpages
2. A Swiss Chalet Menu
3. My grocery list

Masterpieces. All of them.

Someone posted The Lorax as one of the options, which I think sums up a big part of our world pretty well.

1:The kama sutra

2:The Johannes Cabal saga

3: A Guide to British Psilocybin Mushrooms

1: Because, well all societies should be based on sexual freedom and exploration.

2: Well, sometimes necromancy is just the way to go.

3: Bitch please, we gotta eat.

shrimpcel:
1. Les misÚrables
2. War & Peace
3. Notes from the Underground

Reading other people's suggestions kinda makes me sad... Where's the good litterature people???

Haven't read number 3. But Les Mis (assume you mean the novel and not the play... not sure why I'm making that distinction.) and War & Peace aren't good literature.

They're just depressing and long.

As insight into the cultural zeitgeist, sure. They're interesting, even important. As novels, nah.

Chaosian:

2. The Call of Cthuhu
3. House of Leaves

For some reason, the sections where Truant was writing about Zampan˛ always made me think of "The music of Erich Zann".

1. fellowship of the ring
2. any one of the many star wars books
3. a book based in the warhammerer 40k universe
(for 2 and 3, the actual book doesn't matter)

this society will be taught that all these books are true and connect into one story, they will worship the god emperor, who had han solo and gandalf the grey under his command. then i shall release these madmen upon the internet. all that is geek shall fear their wrath! their confusing, plot hole filled wrath!

1.) Zombie Survival Guide, because clearly it was zombies that destroyed society. (World War Z is sort of implied, as my scavenger legions will no doubt find copies of it on their own and it's not exactly vital)
2.) Show Me How, a visual how-to guide with pictograms instead of written instructions (I'm a visual learner myself so that's a nice touch)
3.) DIY for Dummies. Really, any of the "practical knowledge for dummies" books could fit here, but knowing how to cook a thing isn't very helpful if you don't know how to build a kitchen first.

1. The Killing Star, by Pellegrino and Zebrowski
2. Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
3. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

I want a constructively paranoid society that knows where it came from, and thinks about where it's going.

1. Atlas Shrugged
2. Starship Troopers
3. Nicomachean Ethics

Militarist Objectivist Eudaimonia ftw

1 Physics for scientists and engineers (a 1500 page introduction to pretty much every basic coscience you can think off)
2 Some condensed history book off all the things
3 collected works of shakespear, because that would catch the most birds with 1 stone.

boring straight up answer but everyone seems to be overseeing that without some kind of science manual we would be banging stuff with rocks and sticks for a couple thousand years. Plus I would be a fan of a logic and science based society

DasDestroyer:
1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
2. Altas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Now that would be an interesting society to live in!

20 bucks says the society would fall into a repressive 1984 style regime... And that's not because of Tolstoy or Seuss.

Anyways; I suppose the three books I'd like to base a society on are:

1. The Lord of The Rings

2. "How much land does a man need?" By Leo Tolstoy

3. The New Testament of The Bible

I'd imagine it would be a nice little Agrarian society to live in, although it would most likely be very technologically backwards.

Essentially a nice little "Ruritania" to relax in.

Darken12:
In the interest of perpetuating my desired future area of expertise (forensics) and facilitating my status as a crime-solving individual, I would choose:

1) Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.
2) The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
3) And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.

Please note that two of these books involve crimes that would remain unsolved were it not for the confession of the criminals themselves. The difficulty setting of this world would be Hardcore Hell Nightmare.

you're planning a society based on murder mysteries? i don't think any society can sustain more than one Sherlock holmes or Hercule Poirot...

1. The Bible
2. The God Delusion
3. Coping with Anxiety

Just so I can see what happens

1.) The Oxford Dictionary
2.) On the Origin of Species
3.) Charles Manson's Manifesto.

Sure the last one would ensure my society is full of bigots, but they'd be bigots with impeccable perspicacity and a deep knowledge of Evolution.

1) The Messenger by Markus Zusak
2) Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey
3) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

1) The Merck Manual.
2) Perry's Chemical engineering handbook.
3) Marks'Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers.

Now we can rebuild, using these books as references, and structural components of our buildings!

Saxnot:
you're planning a society based on murder mysteries? i don't think any society can sustain more than one Sherlock holmes or Hercule Poirot...

You'd be surprised, actually. With so many unsolvable murders, even the greatest detective would have their hands full all the time.

1. To Kill A Mockingbird: my personal favorite, a wonderful story about prejudice, hate, and probably one of the best examples of humanity ever portrayed in literature.

2. The New Testament: bit of a clique, but I think that belief in a higher cause to be vital for a functioning society. Which leads to the problem with my last choice...

3. I'm a little conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I think that some sort of history of the United States or some kind of guide to a democratic society could work well. On the other hand, something like the Hagakure that lists ways to create a society that focuses on harmony and cohesion for the greater good would do wonders as well. Or perhaps some sort of handbook of law? So many choices...

klaynexas3:
1. Atlas Shrugged
2. The Communist Manifesto
3. Mein Kempf

I want to see how that world would turn out.

Atlas Shrugged and The Communist Manifesto would cancel each other out, so it would just be a chronicle of Hitler's pre-Fuhrer-swag life and beliefs.

1) Twlight (any of em)
2) Harry Potter (any of em)
3) Hunger Games (any of em)

...Might be interesting?...

1: the script from Batman the musical
2: Don Quixote
3:A guide to Pokemon Black
So pretty much we would have people dressing up as bats and fighting crime while breaking out in musical numbers, Crazy idealists causing havoc, and ten year olds with giant monsters

1. The Necronomicon
2. The Book of Eibon
3. The Unaussprelichen Kulten

Because squids snoozing eons away in underwater cities are so totally kawaii. Why bother basing a society off of any books when you can just perform some eldritch witchery and rise a dormant one out of the waters? Totally less work there.

1.Oxford English Dictionary
2. The complete works of Plato
3. The Complete works of HP Lovecraft

If I'm only allowed to bring three books from my book shelf I might as well get the biggest bang for my buck.

Now if I'm only allowed to bring three books that aren't complete works I would have to pick:

1. The Infinity Wars
2. The Watchmen
3. The Sneetches

I couldn't help it I need to put a fourth book, Practical Watch Repair.

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams
and
Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas

The first two because they're probably some of the best and entertaining "plain language" introductions to the beauty of critical thought which is something any society I build is going to need plenty of.

And the last because it's an important reminder of how easy it is for a well structured and influential argument to be made on a faulty premise.

DkLnBr:
1. The Bible
2. The God Delusion
3. Coping with Anxiety

Just so I can see what happens

I laughed so hard i snorted my water. I dunno if i should thank you or swear at you.

Hmmmm. I would say:

1. To kill a mocking bird - Practical lessons on life, how to be a good father
2. The moral landscape - Morality on a secular basis
3. A begginers guide to the scientific method - Rationality AWAY!

I could explain everything else.

I dont think the bible is a very good option to be frank. I cant think of a single time someone came along to a new civilization and tried to thrust a bible in their faces and it ended well at all. Ever. People in my society can believe whatever the fuck they did before i arrive as long as it results in moral practices. Its a little bit hilarious how people think people in the society will be more moral if they are christian. This is blatently and demonstrably untrue.

Double A:
The Color of Magic
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Pokemon Adventures

Do I win?

I have tried to start reading The Color of Magic like six times now but I can never break past the first chapter. Does really merit continuing effort?

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Faust by J. W. von Goethe
Aniara by Harry Martinson

Would be interesting if anything.

klaynexas3:
1. Atlas Shrugged
2. The Communist Manifesto
3. Mein Kempf

I want to see how that world would turn out.

I suspect you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

MopBox:

Double A:
The Color of Magic
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Pokemon Adventures

Do I win?

I have tried to start reading The Color of Magic like six times now but I can never break past the first chapter. Does really merit continuing effort?

I don't think so. Mind you the Discworld series turns out incredible, but its got a weak start, and not a hugely relevant start (even the later Rincewind Novels don't truly rely on it), I think Gaurds Gaurds is the usually recommended starting spot, though I quite liked Pyramids.

Requia:

MopBox:

Double A:
The Color of Magic
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Pokemon Adventures

Do I win?

I have tried to start reading The Color of Magic like six times now but I can never break past the first chapter. Does really merit continuing effort?

I don't think so. Mind you the Discworld series turns out incredible, but its got a weak start, and not a hugely relevant start (even the later Rincewind Novels don't truly rely on it), I think Gaurds Gaurds is the usually recommended starting spot, though I quite liked Pyramids.

Yeah, I feel like I'd like discworld if I could just break into the series. I'll give Gaurds Gaurds a look see.

Shdwrnr:
1. Atlas Shrugged
2. Starship Troopers
3. Nicomachean Ethics

Militarist Objectivist Eudaimonia ftw

No one has ever read Atlas Shrugged. No one.

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

These are my picks because they represent everything a society needs. The origin of species to show people that those who do not adapt will not survive, to encourage my society to adapt and embrace change.

Lord of the Flies to show that in order to survive, we cannot resort to barbaric and primal nature in simple fear of something that appears to be explainable

Finally To Kill a Mockingbird because it is the ultimate book, on judging a book by its cover, the perspective of innocence, dealing with the prejudices in society and doing what is right, even though it may make you unpopular.

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