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these are my choices.

Fiction:

  1. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. A time-travel / comedy of manners story set in 1888 based around the world of Jerome K. Jerome.

  2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. A rich fantasy novel set in an alternate Britain in the early 19th century.

  3. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. A book about people in the software industry with characters that feel very much like the sort of people I know in real life. My enjoyment of this book is surprising since I can’t stand anything else he’s written.

  4. The Truth Machine by James L. Halperin. The 30 year development of a machine that can infallibly tell when someone is lying and its impact on society.

  5. Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams. A book who’s depiction of multiple concurrent personalities literally changed my life.

  6. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I felt that there should be a comic entry in the list and this is simply leagues ahead of the competition.

Non-fiction:

  1. Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. While a lot of the predictions and even some of the suggestions turned out to be wildly off-base the concept of humanity desperately struggling to cope with the exponential increase in knowledge and its uses struck really opened my eyes.

  2. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. A handbook on skepticism that everyone should read.

Bubbling under – Watchmen, Ender’s Game, Small Gods, The Commonwealth Saga, Rights of Man, the Seventh Sea (roleplaying game) Players Guide.

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