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Computers in Fiction
fictional computing in the 20th century

Top Novels About Computers

1952 Vonnegut, Kurt. Player Piano
A satirical, anti-utopian, look at automation.

1956 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars
A high-tech utopia full of artificial intelligence, mind storage and virtual reality is contrasted with arcadia.

1966 Barth, John. Giles Goat-Boy
The omnipotent computer WESCAC is at a loss in a postmodern culture in which binary oppositions are blurred.

1966 Johannesson, Olof. The Tale of the Big Computer
Big computers in the future ask themselves whether humankind is necessary to life on earth.

1970 Levin, Ira. This perfect Day
Rebellion in a computer-controlled dystopia.

1975 Brunner, John. The Shockwave Rider
The first network-novel. Introduced the concept of the computer worm.

1979 Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A hilarious space opera that makes fun of big computers in Science-Fiction, especially Asimov's Multivac.

1979 Hogan, James P. The Two Faces of Tomorrow
One of the most knowledgeable fictional accounts of AI.

1981 Vinge, Vernor. True Names
A short novel about members of a network who meet in virtual space.

1982 Rucker, Rudy. Software
Mind download in android bodies.

1984 Gibson, William. Neuromancer
AI's with an attitude roam cyberspace. Hacker Case has to cut the ICE.

1948 Brook-Rose, Christine Xorandor
Two wizz-kids discuss how they can tell about the artificially intelligent stone they found.

1992 Harrison, Harry; Minsky, Marvin. The Turing Option
A detailed account of how AI could emerge. Marvin Minsky!

1992 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash
Ancient culture might be relevant in cyberspace.

1994 Egan, Greg. Permutation City
How does it feel like to be a copy of a copy?

1995 Kerr, Philip. Gridiron
The ultimate homicidal AI. Makes HAL look like a nice character.

1997 Powers, Richard. Galatea 2.2
Literary story about the development of an AI designed to pass an exam of literature.

1998 Brown, Dan. Digital Fortress
The NSA knows too much.

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