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Top 20 Geek Novels

by Rob Friesel

Via Slashdot: The Guardian’s Top 20 Geek Novels (written since 1932)

  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

Honestly, some of these are really more “nerd” novels than “geek” novels (I, Robot? Colour of Magic?), but who’s counting? Nice to see the nod to Banks, though his non-sci-fi work (e.g., The Wasp Factory, Crow Road) tend to be much better. It’s pretty heavy on the Stephenson. Not that I’m complaining there per se but let’s admit that the man ends each novel with a punch of the power button or a tug of the cord.

Also: Where was Ubik? And Schismatrix?

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About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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