Jack Schofield at the Guardian Unlimited wrote about the Top 20 Geek Novels. I’m not at all clear on the methodology of determining the Top 20 Geek Novels–seems to be a sort-of survey based on the comments on a blog entry elsewhere–so this list is more than a little meaningless. However, it is an interesting list of books, and I’ve bolded the ones that I’ve read:
- The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
- Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell
- Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick
- Neuromancer — William Gibson
- Dune — Frank Herbert
- I, Robot — Isaac Asimov
- Foundation — Isaac Asimov
- The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett
- Microserfs — Douglas Coupland
- Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson
- Watchmen — Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
- Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson
- Consider Phlebas — Iain M Banks
- Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein
- The Man in the High Castle — Philip K Dick
- American Gods — Neil Gaiman
- The Diamond Age — Neal Stephenson
- The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
- Trouble with Lichen – John Wyndham
Some random thoughts.
Consider Phlebas I’ve always wanted to read, and for whatever reason haven’t. Mainly it’s due to the difficulty in finding Banks’ work in bookstores.
Stranger in a Strange Land. Didn’t like it. Really didn’t like it.
Trouble with Lichen. Never heard of it.
And that, as they say, is that. 🙂