75 must-read geek books

Contributor Wally Bahny collected a list of fiction and nonfiction recommendations from TechRepublic members, writers, and editors.

  1. Atlas Shrugged
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. 2001 A Space Odyssey
  4. The War of the Worlds
  5. Neuromancer
  6. Snow Crash
  7. The Fountainhead
  8. The Soul of a New Machine
  9. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
  10. Brave New World
  11. Frankenstein
  12. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor
  13. Shadows over Innsmouth
  14. The Call of Cthulhu
  15. The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  16. The Illustrated Man
  17. Does IT Matter?
  18. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  19. Microserfs
  20. Show-Stopper!
  21. The Cuckoo’s Egg
  22. The Google Story
  23. The Road Ahead
  24. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
  25. iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon
  26. 1984
  27. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  28. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  29. Foundation
  30. Harry Potter
  31. His Dark Materials
  32. The Day of the Triffids
  33. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  34. The Time Machine
  35. 1632
  36. Fahrenheit 451
  37. Slaughterhouse-Five
  38. Watchmen
  39. Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  40. Contact
  41. Dune
  42. I, Robot
  43. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  44. Lila
  45. Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the limits of the Possible
  46. Revelation Space
  47. Starship Troopers
  48. Where the Wild Things Are
  49. World War Z:An Oral History of the Zombie War
  50. The Geek Atlas
  51. Little, Big
  52. The City & The City
  53. Everything Bad is Good for You
  54. Stranger in a Strange Land
  55. The Cluetrain Manifesto
  56. Anathem
  57. Predictably Irrational
  58. Amber series
  59. Magician: Apprentice
  60. Magician: Master
  61. The Serpentwar Saga: Book I, Shadow of a Dark Queen
  62. The Serpentwar Saga: Book II, Rise of a Merchant Prince
  63. The Serpentwar Saga: Book III, Rage of a Demon King
  64. The Serpentwar Saga: Book IV, Shards of a Broken Crown
  65. Code Complete
  66. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
  67. Ender’s Game
  68. American Gods
  69. Ringworld
  70. The Forever War
  71. The Ghost Brigades
  72. The Sword of Shannara
  73. Hyperion
  74. A Brief History of Time
  75. The Dilbert Principle

Let us know which titles you would add — and which titles you would remove — from this reading list. Please think of this as a good starting point for discussion.

Amazon: E-books selling more than hardbacks

One interesting news item this week is that Amazon says it sold more e-books than hardbacks in the past three books. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Over the past month, the Seattle retailer sold 180 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books it sold, it said.” Does this news come close to reflecting your reading habits?