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The geek reading list

The list is from the Guardian blog. I own 18 from 20 but I've never read any Copeland or Wyndham.

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102)
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92)
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 69% (77)
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 64% (67)
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson 59% (66)
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 53% (54)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 52% (54)
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 47% (47)
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 46% (46)
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 43% (44)
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson 37% (37)
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons 38% (37)
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson 36% (36)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks 34% (35)
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein 33% (33)
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick 34% (32)
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman 31% (29)
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson 27% (27)
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson 23% (21)
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham 21% (19)

I would like to have seen Brunner on the list, he's a particular fave of mine and pretty damn prescient when it comes to the social pressures of future shock. And where's HPL?


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Nov. 21st, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
You should read Microserfs, it's one of my favourites. It's a little dated now but it's a very good observation of life in the dot-com mania days. Trouble with Lichen is also worth a look.
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
But a lot more dated than microserfs.

I've read all of them except the Illuminatus books.
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Only 15 out of the list. I shall never be able to hold my head up in geekdom ever again...


Nov. 21st, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Wyndham's great, but Trouble With Lichen isn't the best one. Now...Day of the Triffids...
Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
I've read all but American Gods, and I gave up partway through Cryptonomicon. Not that I'm a geek of course! Entirely agree re Brunner, surely one of the most influential and interesting writers of his generation -- and as well as the two that Schofield mentions, The Sheep Look Up, arguably more relevant today than ever.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
I've not read ... Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep, Foundation or Microserfs. Of those, I regret only the first; bizarrely, though, my local shops only sell very expensive high-quality editions of Philip K Dick. I couldn't lay my hands on a copy of The Man in the High Castle for less than £7.99 anywhere in Cambridge. I discovered afterwards that even Heffers, the 'local' bookshop that I try to favour with my purchasing pounds, is now owned by a large US corporation. I've thus given in and started using Amazon for most things.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Ha! I've read them all.
I didn't enjoy Microserfs too much -- perhaps a bit close to home, or I just don't like Copeland's style.
Illuminatus was a bit dull, I felt it was trying too hard.

Mo -- I can recommend (and lend) American Gods. Not bad, but could have been amazing.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Neither Gaiman not Clive Barker can really sustain the long form. Not enough happens in their novels, or what happens is too lightweight to merit a novel.

American Gods has good ideas but much of it is surface without enough depth to work as a novel. I'm sure it would have been better as a graphic novel.
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