Is this a hot topic or what? I came across this topic recently. After which, I searched on Wikipedia and found a page that claims that Libertarian Science Fiction is a legitimate subgenre of Science Fiction.
I recall starting discussion on LinkedIn sometime back asking how many sub-genres exist in SF. A small war broke out with lots of opinions in every direction. Of course there is no official gatekeeper, but throughout the discussion I never saw any mention of Libertarian Science Fiction.
The Wiki article mentioned Robert A. Heinlein‘s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress as a good example in support. Clearly, there are elements of truth to this assessment. However, I would want to see a very long list of books (with their author’s approval ) that demonstrate this sub-genre is really out there. Otherwise, I would just chalk up SF as a genre that leans towards this philosophy because… well, it’s interesting.
Comments are welcome. But please! Let’s not have any war over this, it’s not worth it.