Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My List of Geek/Nerd Required Reading

I have been trying to find a nice big list of fiction books as a good geek/nerd should read. They seem to be very short lists or only have current stuff or only have hardcore tech stuff or mix in non-fiction with fiction.

These are books both past and present. They are not all science fiction. Some have more pop culture reference than others. Some are actual literature whereas others are just fun reads. Some are just the first book in a series or the series as a whole is listed. If nothing else, this is a good jumping off point.

In alphabetical order....

  1. 1984 - George Orwell
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
  3. Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank
  4. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  7. The Dark Tower - Stephen King
  8. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
  9. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
  10. Discworld - Terry Pratchett
  11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
  12. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  13. Dune – Frank Herbert
  14. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  15. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  16. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  17. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  18. From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne
  19. Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
  20. Gödel, Escher, Bach- Douglas Hofstadter
  21. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  22. Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
  23. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  24. The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft: 67 Tales of Horror in One Volume -H.P. Lovecraft
  25. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  26. I am Legend - Richard Matheson
  27. I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
  28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  29. Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
  30. Logan's Run - William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
  31. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  32. Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way - Bruce Campbell
  33. The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
  34. Neuromancer - William Gibson
  35. On A Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
  36. Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  37. Planet Of The Apes - Pierre Boulle
  38. Princess Bride - William Goldman
  39. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  40. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  41. Slaughter-House 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
  42. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
  43. A Spell for Chameleon- Piers Anthony
  44. The Stand - Stephen King
  45. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
  46. The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  47. Stranger in a Strangeland - Robert Heinlein
  48. War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
  49. World War Z - Max Brooks
  50. The Yiddish Policemen's Union- Michael Chabon

A good geek/nerd will have read about half of these books, but have heard of all of them (or at least know the author). I'm sure I missed some so feel free to mention them in the comments. Also, if you haven't read #39 yet - you need to run to the book store now!

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