Hope every sf fan out there had a happy St. Thomas More’s Day!
More’s Utopia is both one of the classic dystopias, and (obviously) utopias, all in one. It’s also got some fun worldbuilding, and a geeky constructed script and language. But mostly, it’s a bunch of implied questions. How should a society be constructed? Does truth and beauty lie in some kind of pre-planned system created by theorists? Or are ordinary, higgledy-piggledy societies much closer to the heart’s desire? Is there any utopia except God’s New Jerusalem, and are all societies reasonably tolerable to live with, if we live in Christ?
More’s later books are less theoretical, funnier, and much more human and warm than Utopia. Of course, he had become an older and wiser man by then, and he had suffered.