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.