20 Greatest Geek Novels Since 1934November 26, 2005
For those of us who ascribe to Geekness, or just have geekness thrust upon them, this site has a list of the final tally for the most Geekly novels of all time. I don’t really agree with all of them, but knowing my penchant for disagreeing with just about any list ever devised (except the ten commandments…I agree with those) it is amazing that I agree with over half of them, and have read 10 of the 20.
But, I would add the following if I were to make a great Geek list of books:
1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
2. Uplift series – David Brin
3. Ringworld – Larry Niven
4. Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
5. Snow Queen – Joan D. Vinge
A Geek novel is one that combines a great amount of scientific and technology in with a great plot and characterizations. It doesn’t hurt if you can invent things that have never been thought of before. That is why I nominated Vinge and Niven.
Would you add any other novels to the list?