Best Geek Novels Written in English

So far, 132 people have voted for the best geek novels written in English since 1932, in spite of Survey Monkey’s rubric saying free polls were limited to 100 responses. The top 20 is therefore as follows, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of votes.



1. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams 85% (102)

2. Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell 79% (92)

3. Brave New World — Aldous Huxley 69% (77)

4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick 64% (67)

5. Neuromancer — William Gibson 59% (66)

6. Dune — Frank Herbert 53% (54)

7. I, Robot — Isaac Asimov 52% (54)

8. Foundation — Isaac Asimov 47% (47)

9. The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett 46% (46)

10. Microserfs — Douglas Coupland 43% (44)

[…] —Best Geek Novels Written in English (Guardian Technology Blog)

That’s a very small survey sample, but it’s still an interesting list. The only one on the top 10 I don’t know is The Colour of Magic. I didn’t get very far in either Foundation or I, Robot when I started them as a teenager, but both have been on my “to read” list for a long time.