What's Your Favorite Tech-Centric Book?

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Your fave can be a nonfiction book, or a fictional narrative where technology plays a big role. What should we be reading?


I just started Tom Standage’s The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers, which combines two of my preferred topics: Victoriana and technology. I grabbed the book at a used bookstore, and though I usually read on my Kindle these days, it feels appropriate to be carrying this one around old school-style.

In terms of fiction where tech is essential and central, nothing can quite top Warren Ellis’ graphic series Transmetropolitan or Neal Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash for me.


What should we be on the hunt for next? What’re the most gripping histories about a tech event or inventor, or stories that feature the importance of technology as part of the plot? Help us make an epic tech-centric master reading list.


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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Two related story lines take place, one centered on WW-II cryptography, and one on modern internet crypto. It’s one of my most favorite books; I’ve read it cover to cover eight times (it’s about 1000 pages) and I’m about to read it again.