When selecting a great tech novel to read, you are faced with a galaxy of choices. From interstellar romps to robots, magic to technology, there is something for you. Here are ten of the best tech novels that you’ll ever read.
1. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (New $5.99, Used $.01)
Follow the adventures of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect as they travel the galaxy. This book is smart, insightful and sometimes silly. This book is a fast read for even the non-readers.
2. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (New $7.98, Used $7.42, Collectible $4.95)
I, Robot takes a hard look at the way that robots interact with humans through the four laws of robotics. This book introduces readers to robots of all types. I, Robot forever changed the way that we think about robots.
3. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (New $6.70, Used $4.15, Collectible $17.95)
Stranger is about a man who comes to Earth after being raised by Martians. This classic novel looks at the philosophies and world views that make our world function.
4. On Basilisk Station (The first Honor Harrington Novel) by David Weber (New $3.99, Used $2.78)
Honor Harrington is a spaceship commander who overcomes the odds and makes a lot of enemies. Weber takes readers on a fun romp that defies description.
5. Storm Front (The First of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher (New $4.21, Used $2.43, Collectible $10.00)
Replace technology with magic, throw in a little mystery and a plenitude of magic and wondrous things and you have the Dresden Files. There is something for everyone in these books, including a talking skull, a female werewolf and a police detective.
6. The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois M. Bujold (New $197.99, Used $2.07, Collectible $23.51)
Miles Vorkosigan is a flawed character in this great space opera. He overcomes his many detriments to become the commander of a mercenary space fleet. For those who enjoy a great story, this is not one to miss.
7. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (New $14.17, used $9.90)
When people start frying their brains on a drug called Snow Crash, our Hiro has to go into action. Stephenson weaves both ancient and futuristic details to create a world rich in detail and fun. This book is a must read.
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (New $14.17, used $9.90)
Set in a futuristic world where robots are prevalent, Dick’s novel studies the distinctions between robots and humans. This book follows Rick Deckard in his quest to hunt down fugitive androids.
9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (New $3.28, Used $2.49, Collectible $8.00)
Although considered a children’s book, this is still a wonderful adventure about time travel. Follow the adventures of Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin O’Keefe in the search for Meg’s missing father.
10. Flatland by Edwin Abbott (New $8.87, Used $6.94)
This book examines sociological, philosophical and geometrical views of the world through two dimensional beings who suddenly discover a third dimension. This story is for both geeks and tech lovers alike.
These books are perfect for any geek’s library because their stories are excellent. Happy reading!
Throughout his time as a writer for a leading online store specializing in HP cartridges based in the UK, James has written on various topics from the mundane HP 351XL to art and media on their design blog.