While I appreciate most literary genres, not a big fan of paranormal romance, more than anything I am drawn to Science Fiction, the genre of ideas. Strangely enough this has a positive influence on my work as there is an unconscious bleed through of ideas.
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Without doubt my favourite book of all time Permutation City is mind blowing. Encapsulates hard SF (quantum ontology) and unflinchingly takes on the equally difficult philosophical questions that arise from this field.
Often dismissed as a homosexual drug addict by the literary establishment of mid to late last century William Burroughs is in my opinion one of the true literally alchemists. His themes of freedom vs authority are particularly courageous given the times in which he was working.
Renowned for being a difficult read Gravity’s Rainbow is a labyrinthine tale of Europe in the final days of WWII and immediately after, where no one is in control and everything is up for grabs. If anyone has ever told you that reading books will send you crazy they were no doubt talking about this.
A far out SciFi adventure set in the badlands of the criminal frontier planet Belladonna, Version 43 is hard to put down. Warning: contains quantum teleportation, cyborgs and space dragons!
Part one of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy Oryx and Crake explores an all to believable world where man has allbeit wiped himself out via a plague of his own making.
A classic work of alienation and self ostracization told from the spacey dreamlike point of view of the truly ravenous. Not something I’d suggest if you are ever struggling to get through a fast.
Beautifully crafted and realised Area X or the Southern Reach Trilogy was for me the work of 2014.
A modern coming of age classic Rumble Fish is the perfect gift for your teenage nephew!
A very cool book containing massive ideas and written in truly original style.