"People have been asking me for a list of science fiction book
recommendations for a while now. My new podcast with Brad DeLong goes
pretty deep into sci-fi geekery, so I thought now would be a good time.
One of the themes of this blog is techno-optimism, and science fiction
helps us envision not just the promise of technology, but its pitfalls
as well — so we can avoid them. In addition to being fun and cool,
sci-fi provides inspiration for engineers and entrepreneurs, and allows
policymakers and intellectuals to think about how to shape the world
that we create with technology. If we ever lose our love of science
fiction, that will be the day that we retreat from the future.
So here’s a list of 30 favorites. Not a comprehensive list, and not in
order, but just a few to get you started. Note that every one of these
book recommendations is also an author
these folks write is worth reading. Also note that though the title of
the post says “novel recommendations”, some of these are actually
collections of short stories. And remember, if your favorite book didn’t
make the list, it might be because I haven’t read it!"
Excellent recommendations. Via Jim Douglas.
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics