Confessions of an Unredeemed Bibliophile
by Mac Tonnies
"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more."
--The Smiths, "Handsome Devil"
"Since so much modern science fiction is complete crap, and since I've spent most of the past six years reading academic non-fiction (resulting in a basic cluelessness regarding current fiction), I find Mac Tonnies' extensive reading lists and book reviews very helpful with steering me away from the many stinkers so readily available to people who really don't know any better."
--Busy, Busy, Busy
Mac's Recommended "Cyberpunk" Fiction List
Cyberpunk/SlipstreamStrange, illuminating books that defy easy classification.
Science FictionFar-reaching examples of the genre.
Utopian/DystopianEssential sociological forecasts.
William S. BurroughsA representative selection of Burroughs' best novels and stories.
Philip K. DickQuite possibly the 20th century's best author.
J.G. BallardSleek and uncompromising, J.G. Ballard is one of the most important writers alive.
William GibsonGibson is probably the only living writer who can claim to have started a sub-genre.
John Shirley's skewed look at our future--and our present--exemplifies contemporary noir at its finest.
Rudy RuckerOne of the science fiction genre's best and funniest minds.
Jack WomackAn inimitable and terrifying futuristic satirist.
Bruce SterlingAlongside William Gibson, Sterling is arguably science fiction's most relevant asset.
Ken MacLeod's canon is among the most fiercely original in recent science fiction. Inimitable.
MarsMars and its inhabitants--or lack thereof--remain staple themes of contemporary science fiction. Assembled here are some radically different interpretations of the Red Planet.
UFOsThoughtful perspectives on an urgent and exciting phenomenon.
Science/TechnologyBiotechnology, space exploration, organic computers, sentient machines, etc.
Mars/CydoniaExtraterrestrial archaeology and its implications.
Carl SaganAstronomer Carl Sagan's books are timely and enthralling; his narrative skill captures the process and passion of scientific discovery.
Social Criticism and Cultural CommentaryPenetrating examinations of the world/s we inhabit.