Nov 18, 2005


The Guardian, protector of British stiff-upper-lipism for good Anglo-Saxons for the past four thousand years or so published a "Must Read List" for aspiring Geeks.

It frightens me that I've read and re-read and in fact OWN so many of the books on this list. I've bold texted those, so you know what a Geek I am.

What frightens me more is that I'm planning on buying the rest before Christmas.

Top 20 geek novels -- the results!
By Jack Schofield / Media 06:14am

So far, 132 people have voted for the best geek novels (written in English since 1932), in spite of Survey Monkey's rubric saying free polls were limited to 100 responses. The top 20 is therefore as follows, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of votes.

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102)
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92)
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 69% (77)
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 64% (67)
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson 59% (66)
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 53% (54)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 52% (54)
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 47% (47)
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 46% (46)

10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 43% (44)
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson 37% (37)
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons 38% (37)
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson 36% (36)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks 34% (35)
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein 33% (33)
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick 34% (32)
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman 31% (29)
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson 27% (27)
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson 23% (21)

20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham 21% (19)

The following five books attracted the most votes against.

Dune -- Frank Herbert 17% (17)
Neuromancer -- William Gibson 13% (15)
I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 12% (13)
Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 13% (13)
The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 12% (12)

No Uber-Geek me, I've still got some reading to do. And a whole passle of white short-sleeved shirts and pocket protectors to purchase. Oh, and I guess I need to become a virgin again.



Regal Monkey said...

I've only read 5 of those... not sure what that means! "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" sounds like a great one, though... maybe I'll read it over Christmas... (my brother, the physics-PhD-enrolled one, has read most of them, too, when he got accepted to grad school, my family bought him a geek ensemble--pocket protectors, "nerd" glasses, etc. :) ...acutally my husband has read a good number of them, too (but he's a computer science teacher... that, too has nerd written all over it)... No worries. Nerddom is better than moronism any day.

Vulgar Wizard said...

I've read TWO of those!

Caffeinated Mommy said...

I have also read a good number of those books, as has my husband. I guess that makes us a geeky couple. You should read Neil Gaiman's new book, "Anansi Boys." I really liked it.
While you're at it, you can read the rest of his stuff too, because I think he's just a great author.