Here are some of the writing, and assorted media that have shaped me. Some are serious, some are funy, and some are downright silly, but largely I consider them a core part of what makes me, me.
Figuring out what to put on this page has historically been a bit of a struggle. For a while, I attempted to just list all of my books but I didn't feel like that reflected me or was particularly interesting.
This collection of stuff, as it stands, reflects my current mood and general state of mind. I love stumbling upon lists like these from other people across the internet, so if just one person finds something interesting here, it'll have been worth making this page.
- - Arkady & Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic
- - Arthur C. Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama The mood of this book carries with me more than anything else. Stunning atmospheres.
- - Cixin Liu - The Three-Body Problem Trilogy
- - Frank Herbert - Dune I don't think I've read any other book as many times as Dune. It gets better each time.
- - Greg Egan - Dispora
- - Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy Another series that gets better with each reading.
- - Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves
- - Isaac Asimov - The Robot Novels (trilogy)
- - Olaf Stapledon - Last and First Men
- - Stanislaw Lem - Solaris
- - Stanislaw Lem - The Invincible
- - Ursula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness
- - Vernor Vinge - Marooned in Realtime The second book in a series, first one is worth reading but you can absolutely read this without having read the prequel
- - Vernor Vinge - A Deepness in the Sky
- - Vernor Vinge - True Names
Interesting People & Companies
- - Brad Stone - The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
- - Brent Schlender - Becoming Steve Jobs If you find Walter Isaacson boring, this is better.
- - Eve Curie - Madame Curie: A Biography
- - John & Mary Gribbin - Richard Feynman: A Life in Science
- - Luis W. Alvarez - Alvarez
- - Michael White - Leonardo: The First Scientist
- - Michael White & John Gribbin - Einstein: A Life in Science
- - Sam Walton & John Huey - Sam Walton: Made in America
- - William Poundstone - Prisoner's Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb Three fascinating topics, interwoven into one book. Couldn't put this one down.
- - Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis
- - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
- - Herman Hesse - Siddharta
- - Isaac Bashevis Singer - The Magician of Lublin
- - Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margharita
- - Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance