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Among the washtubs of science fiction that gets recycled each year there are a few vital authors who can explain our world to us, or have done a remarkable job of predicting their near future. Not all of these authors here are necessarily "new", but their works are still fresh and relevant as the century turns. Read these books, and you will be ready for tomorrow.

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True Names:
And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier

Vernor Vinge

Originally published in 1981, and back again after years of being out of print.

The Diamond Age
Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

Published in 1992, this book foreshadowed and directed the next ten years of popular culture.

Zodiac: the Eco-Thriller
Neal Stephenson

A fun read, originally published before Stephenson became famous.

Neal Stephenson

The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

Safe when taken as directed.

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Philip K. Dick

Celebrity, popular culture and dystopian universes run askew in this twisting story of an alternate America.

A Scanner Darkly
Philip K. Dick

A narcotics agent investigating a drug addict--yet both are alternate personalities of the same individual. A story woven with dark comedy and sadness.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Philip K. Dick

Religion, corporate marketing, and the nature of reality tangle in this ominous tale of a dying world.

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

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Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The novel of the 20th century, bar none.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A. Heinlein

Blueprint for revolution! Freethinking, freewheeling lunar colonists declare independence from Earth's bureaucracies with the help of a newly self-aware computer. Originally published in 1966, it's even more relevant today.

The Shockwave Rider
John Brunner

(Also look for Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner, currently a special order item.)

Rudy Rucker

(Also try looking for Wetware, the second book in the series, currently out of stock...)

Rudy Rucker

(Realware, the latest book in the series, was just published in May 2000).

William Gibson

Count Zero
William Gibson

Mona Lisa Overdrive
William Gibson

Burning Chrome
William Gibson

The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Virtual Light
William Gibson

William Gibson


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