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November 10, 2005

Geek Novel Survey

Via SFSignal, another list of books! This time The Guardians best Geek novels.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is at number one.

I've read 14 of the 20 books on the list. Not bad, my sort of list. Like Jack at the Guardian I'm surprised that SnowCrash didn't come higher, it's one of my favourite novels, and hey it has avatars and samurai hacking and neurolinguistics and wikipedia+googleearth and the first two chapters are awesome.

Also there's a comment about the lack of votes for John Brunner. I've read Stand On Zanzibar which is amazing and available as part of the Gollancz SF Masterworks series. I haven't read The Shockwave Rider which seems tricky to get hold of in the UK (at least according to Amazon who are charging £10 for a paperback!).


14 as well. But I guess I'm proud to have made it until the tenth book down.

In my defense Microserfs isnt SF or even fantasy.

Speaking of which, no LotR?

Microserfs is well worth a read, especially if you know anything about the software industry. Not genre but a great book.

And yeah, now you mention LotR is a big surprise. Perhaps LotR fans don't read the Guardian tech blog?