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Computers in Fiction
fictional computing in the 20th century

Hello, my name is Koen Hendrickx. This hobby of mine dates from 1989, when I was studying literature at the KU Leuven (Belgium). My supervisor for my master's thesis suggested I make a dissertation on Ira Levin's This Perfect Day. I was intrigued by the subject and started to look for other fiction about computers. When I found John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy, I knew I had found the literary book I wanted to write about. In my dissertation I compared WESCAC with analogous omnipotent computers in science-fiction. I was really frustrated that, living in Belgium, I didn't have the resources to find and buy the science-fiction computer-dystopia's, but with the material I had at hand my dissertation was still ok (magna cum laude). I kept a keen interest in fiction about computers and bought everything I could find in Belgium. The arrival of the Internet meant that I could collect all the fiction I was interested in.

Most of the books listed on this site are in English, or are English editions of foreign language books. If you are looking for translations in your native language you can search Unesco's Index Translatiorum.

If you want to contribute to this site, you can mail your comments using the links provided and I will add them if they are relevant (computer related, more than just a valuation like 'great book' and content you won't find on wikipedia) That is the only way I can keep the site informative. I am not in the business of spam, so I won't sell your address.

In case you really appreciate my efforts and want to buy me something ;-), you can! Just go to My Wish Lists.
And in case you wonder what I like best in my collection, have a look at My Favorites


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