Books

The (awesome) books here are alphabetized by title. If in a series, the series title is alphebetized, and the series books are found in order under it. A select few of the books have an asterix before their name. This means that the book is a step above the other books — which is quite a feat, in this list. If you see one with an asterix that you haven’t read, this is practically a crime… if you like Sci-fi and Fantasy. If not, the vast majority of this list shall be boring in the extreme to you.

  • Accelerando
    • Accelerando by Charles Stross; spans three generation and chronicles the Singularity
    • Glasshouse by Charles Stross; a post-singularity “loose sequel” to Accelerando about a group of people trapped in a virtual world
  • Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; a town in the southwestern Unites States is infected with a deadly bacterial disease mutated in near-space
  • The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross; about using math to connect to other universes and bring through entities from said universes
  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Volume I by Diana Wynne Jones; several stories about Chrestomanci, a nine-lived enchanter who presides over the magical world. Very, very, good. Also, I think, better than Volume II.
  • The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt; an alternate-world adventure to save the world from old, old gods.  The genre can best be described as “eldritch steampunk” — they have mostly Victorian Era tech, but also magic (in spades, by the protagonist).
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson; a book about cryptography and Alan Turing’s contributions to computing and codes.
  • Daemon
    • *Daemon by Daniel Suarez; about a computer program that takes over the world.
    • FreedomTM by Daniel Suarez; the sequal to Daemon. The program begins to recreate the world as an actual democracy.
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson; about a nanotech-filled future
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown; Susan Fletcher, a codebreaker for the NSA, is employed to help crack a code that the NSA cannot break — an unprecedented event. She is shot at and betrayed by even the NSA itself in her quest to solve the code before a worm hidden in it demolishes the NSA’s firewalls and cripples the United States.
  • The Eight by Katherine Neville; the story of a legendary chess set that holds the secret to the Elixir of Life.
  • *Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; the story of a genius boy who commands a space fleet to destroy an alien civilization.
  • For Us, The Living by Robert Heinlein; Perry Nelson gets into a car crash in 1939 and wakes up in 2086. The world has completely changed, and Perry must get accustomed to a new society and economy. Heinlein’s first book, it’s really more of a description of an ideal society than a real novel — but it happens to make an excellent book.
  • Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling; storm chasers in the future — the Storm Troupe — are following the possible formation of a F-6 tornado, which is impossible in today’s weather and climate. They use VR gear and military surplus AI’d vehicles to chase the storms. None of them, however, (not even their brilliant leader, Dr. Mulcahey) imagined the actuality of the F-6 and what happened in its wake.
  • Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling; Nantucket gets thrown back in time to 1250 B.C.  Definitely one of my favorites, but not quite good enough for an asterisk.
  • Jurassic Park
    • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; about a park full of dinosaurs. In my opinion, much better than the corresponding movie.
    • The Lost World by Michael Crichton; the sequel to Jurassic Park. Also pretty good.
  • *Little Brother by Cory Doctorow; about a over-controlling government in San Francisco and the people’s efforts to stop them, led by teenager protagonist “M1k3y.”
  • Maskerade by Terry Pratchett; another of the Discworld books, the Ghost in the opera house in Ankh-Morpok goes insane and starts killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, witches from Lancre, must stop him because after all — the show must go on!
  • Now You See It… by Vivian Van Velde; Wendy finds a pair of glasses that let her see the world ‘beyond’ the normal world — that of elves, portals, and dragons.
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross; about a group of humanoform robots at the heart of a solar-system-wide conspiracy
  • Sphere by Michael Crichton; in which a mysterious sphere is disovered which gives people the power to make their thoughts manifest.
  • *Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson; the story of a katana-weilding hacker named Hiro Protagonist who is also a pizza deliveryman for the Mafia and must save the world from an ancient Sumerian cult.
  • Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters compiled and edited by Kevin J. Anderson; features the stories of five of the bounty hunters hired to capture Han Solo.
  • *The WebMage series
    • WebMage by Kelly McCullough; the Fates have come up with a plan to remove free will and must be stopped by Ravirn, one of their many-times-great-grandchildren and an excellent hacker
    • CodeSpell by Kelly McCullough; Necessity, the sentient computer that runs the universe, has a virus and Ravirn must fix it
    • CyberMancy by Kelly McCullough; one of the familiars used by the children of Fate is caught in Hades as a result of the fixed virus in Necessity — and Ravirn, unsurprisingly, must get her out
    • MythOS by Kelly McCullough; Ravirn is launched into a universe where the Norse gods rule, and must get back to his own
  • The Wiz Biz
    • Wizard’s Bane by Rick Cook; the story of a modern-day “wizard” — in programming — who gets sent through time and space to a world ruled by magic.
    • Wizardry Compiled by Rick Cook; Sparrow, the protagonist of the prequel as well, is a well-respected member of the Mighty — but trouble is breweing.
  • Zodiac by Neal Stephenson; an excellent eco-thriller about the possible destruction of sea life in Boston Harbor
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