On Geek Novels

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:

  1. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell
  3. Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick
  5. Neuromancer — William Gibson
  6. Dune — Frank Herbert
  7. I, Robot — Isaac Asimov
  8. Foundation — Isaac Asimov
  9. The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett
  10. Microserfs — Douglas Coupland
  11. Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson
  12. Watchmen — Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  13. Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson
  14. Consider Phlebas — Iain M Banks
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein
  16. The Man in the High Castle — Philip K Dick
  17. American Gods — Neil Gaiman
  18. The Diamond Age — Neal Stephenson
  19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  20. 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. 🙂

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