Ever since I was told about a list of Movies for Computer Science Students and wrote some comments about that list I have been thinking book. Fiction books. Novels that tell stories that involve computer science and the sorts of issues of privacy, philosophy, ethics and social change that computers make in our society. And being a life-time science fiction fan that may come easier for me than for many. Books have an advantage over movies is that they can spend more time on explanation. They spend more time talking about how people (and in some of the cases I will list – machines) think and why they act as they do. I don’t have anything like a top ten list but I do have a couple of books that always come to mind. OK eight book are on this list. And in general a couple of authors – Asimov, Heinlein, Stephenson – who I like.
I, Robot (9780553382563): Isaac Asimov: Books ISBN: 055338256X ISBN-13: 9780553382563
Caves of Steel (Robot (Spectra Books)) (9780553293401): Isaac Asimov: Books ISBN: 0553293400 ISBN-13: 9780553293401
The Adolescence of P-1 (9780671559700): Thomas J. Ryan: Books ISBN: 0671559702 ISBN-13: 9780671559700
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (9780312863555): Robert A. Heinlein: Books ISBN: 0312863551 ISBN-13: 9780312863555
Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book) (9780553380958): Neal Stephenson: Books ISBN: 0553380958 ISBN-13: 9780553380958
Cryptonomicon (9780380788620): Neal Stephenson: Books ISBN: 0380788624 ISBN-13: 9780380788620
Neuromancer (9780441012039): William Gibson: Books ISBN: 0441012035 ISBN-13: 9780441012039
Digital Fortress: A Thriller (9780312944926): Dan Brown: Books ISBN: 0312944926 ISBN-13: 9780312944926
That’s a start. I’m sure many of you know of more and even better books out there. I would love to hear your suggestions for additional books or better books as well as which of the books above you would leave off your list and why.
I suggest "The Blue Nowhere" by Jeffrey Deaver and "Daemon" & "Freedom" by Daniel Suarez. These books are just tech *enough* without leaving a reader scratching their heads in confusion. I have read Dan Brown's "Digital Fortress" on the above list and liked it. I need to get to work on the others!
Terminal Man by Michael Crichton- also Prey and Next for some scary tech/bio ideas.