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Essential reading. Well, I think so anyway

The following is a good representative sample of the list I would compile if asked to name my favourite books. I deliberately make no distinction between genre, author, fiction or subject.


Al-Makhzoumi (1970) The Fountains of Pleasure. Quartet. ISBN: 0 7043 2643 4

Ballard, J.G. (1984) Empire of the Sun. Panther. ISBN: 0 586 06430 3

Banks, I.M. (1990) Use of weapons. Orbit. ISBN: 0 7088 8358 3

Bateson, G. (1979) Mind and Nature. Hampton Press. ISBN: 1 57273 434 5

Capra, F. (1975) The Tao of Physics. Flamingo. ISBN: 0 00 654489 4

Clark, A. (2003) Natural born cyborgs. OUP. ISBN: 0 19 514866 5

Csikszentmihayli, M. (1992) Flow. Rider. ISBN: 0 7126 5759 2

Dennett, D. (1991) Consciousness Explained. Penguin.

Dawkins, D. (1986) The Extended Phenotype. OUP. 0 19 286088 7

Dawkins, D. (2006) The God Delusion. Bantam Press. 0593055489

Egan, G. (1997) Diaspora. Millenium. ISBN: 0 75280 925 3

Fodor, J. (1987) Psychosemantics. MIT Press. ISBN: 0 262 06106 6

Friday, N. (1991) Women on top. Arrow. ISBN: 0 09 911161 6

Greene, G. (1948) The heart of the matter. Penguin.

Hawken, P. (1993) The Ecology of Commerce. HarperBusiness. ISBN: 0 88730 655 1

Herbert, F. (1957) Dune.

Hutton, W. (1996) The State We're In. Vintage. ISBN: 0 09 926681 9

Joyce, J. (1936) Ulysses. Minerva. ISBN: 0 7493 9829 9

Johnson-Laird, P.N. (1983) Mental models. CUP. ISBN: 0 521 27391 9

Pirsig, R.M. (1992) Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. Corgi. ISBN: 0 552 10166 4

Reed, R. (2000) Marrow. orbit. ISBN: 1841490784

Robinson, K.S. (1992) Red Mars. Voyager. ISBN: 0 586 21389 9

Russell, M.D. (1996) The sparrow. Black Swan. ISBN: 0 552 99777 3

Sagan, C. (1980) Cosmos. Book Club Associates. ISBN: 0 354 045318

Stephenson, N. (2006) Quicksilver. Random House. ISBN: 0 434 00878 8
And the other two novels in this Baroque Cycle. As well as everything else by this dude, who is a god.

Stross, C. (2004) Accelerando. Orbit. ISBN: 1841493899

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