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Nick Abouzeid recommends these 6 books:

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley: 9780060850524

  • Rated 4.2 by 2857 users
  • I love dystopian/utopian novels, and Huxley’s continues to be more realistic, relevant, and intimidating than Orwell’s 1984 as our society progresses towards genetic engineering marvels and a disheartening obsession with shallow minutiae. Brave New World follows members of society’s Upper Class as they discover a “primitive” tribe and bring one of it’s members back into their society. Thank you to Caroline Miller, my AP English Language teacher at Harvard-Westlake, for choosing this incredible book and helping bring it to life. (Posted on Blog)

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Ready Player One: A Novel: Ernest Cline: 8601400490631

  • Rated 4.6 by 18964 users
  • My favorite book in the last year. Enjoy!! (Posted on Twitter)

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  • Holy shit, what a ride. I sat down with this book around 8pm and couldn’t pull myself away until 5am, when I turned the last page. A dystopian view of gaming and our global economy, Ready Player One follows a teenager’s quest to find an Easter Egg (and with it, a fortune) obscured by 80’s pop-trivia in the world’s biggest VR video game by its late creator. It’s no surprise that Steven Spielberg is turning this into a movie. Seriously, if there’s any bit of tech in you, read this. (Posted on Blog)

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The Complete Robot (Robot Series): Isaac Asimov: 9780586057247

  • Rated 4.7 by 68 users
  • On that same thread, Asimov’s take on the future of robopsychology is fascinating. And yes, while it might be a little farfetched or even scientifically impossible by today’s standards, this collection of short stories serve as interesting thought-experiments into how perfectly rational, logical beings react to certain situations. My favorite series: Dr. Susan Calvin & her piercing insight, and the adventures of Powell & Donovan, two robotics-testers sent to the edges of our known universe. (Posted on Blog)

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  • 52 degrees + lounge chair + great book, this ain't that bad (Posted on Twitter)

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Little Brother (8601401130574): Cory Doctorow: Books

  • Rated 4.4 by 529 users
  • Massive fan of your writing since the early days – still have my dog-eared copy of Little Brother between 6 apartment moves! (Posted on Twitter)

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Homeland (9780765333704): Cory Doctorow: Books

  • Rated 4.4 by 140 users
  • Just reread Homeland, by Cory Doctorow. Love that he includes lessons abt #3DPrint, #drones, #tor, #privacy, & #tech (Posted on Twitter)

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  • Both Doctorow’s technical knowledge and creative plot help bring Marcus Yallow, a 17-year San Franciscan, tech junkie, and rebellion leader to life. And by inserting clear & concise lessons about subjects like cryptography, privacy, drones, the gaming industry, LARPing, Burning Man, internet pop culture, torrents, 3D printing, and gait-recognition software, you’ll learn a few things too. (Posted on Blog)

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The Complete Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series Books 1-7 (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation): Isaac Asimov: 0722512568174

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If you’re intrigued by the darknet, want to learn to fly a drone, or don’t trust “the man,” then Cory Doctorow's book series for you. This is like a homage to Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.

If Big Brother scared you, try hypnopaedia & soma. Brave New World & Huxley’s relevancy terrifies me to this day. Huxley’s books continues to be more realistic, relevant, and intimidating than Orwell’s 1984 as our society progresses towards genetic engineering marvels and a disheartening obsession with shallow minutiae.


On that same thread, Asimov’s take on the future of robopsychology is fascinating. And yes, while it might be a little farfetched or even scientifically impossible by today’s standards, this collection of short stories serve as interesting thought-experiments into how perfectly rational, logical beings react to certain situations.


A dystopian view of gaming and our global economy, Ready Player One follows a teenager’s quest to find an Easter Egg (and with it, a fortune) obscured by 80’s pop-trivia in the world’s biggest VR video game by its late creator. Ernest Cline’s engrossing writing style, combined with the fast pace & perfectly nerdy plot makes this the perfect summer read.

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