Monday, November 21, 2005

Freaks and Geeks

The Guardian lists the twenty best geek novels in English since 1932. The Morrow smells a meme: "Bold the ones you've read and show the world how big of a geek you are."

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert

7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks

15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman

18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham

Just over half. So I'm a geek, but I still get girls. Neat.

Meanwhile, here's something about Proust that I haven't read but that may well be interesting.


MrLefty said...

1, 2, 3, 9, 20.

Shit, I'm an illiterate geek.


Tony.T said...

Six out of the first seven, but that's it.

Crystal said...

Not one. Missed 'em all. Does this mean I am not a geek? I cannot read the Orwell - it might have cruelty to animals in it.

TimT said...

Bah. Real geeks read Stapledon!