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Old 11-17-2005, 04:54 AM   #1
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Top 20 geek novels

Readers of Guardian's Technology Blog have voted for the Top 20 geek novels. The list is led by:
  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)

Of all the books listed, I've read eight. Do I now qualify as a geek?
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:40 AM   #2
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Heh. I only read 3. Go me.
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:00 AM   #3
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My "score" is 9 read, if you count Azimov's "Foundation" as one book instead counting the "trillogy" as 4 books.
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:37 PM   #4
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Let's see....

On the list, I've read 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (watching Blade Runner doesn't count for number 4, I guess )

That's 8, and all in the top ten... that's pretty sad.
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:39 AM   #5
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...watching Blade Runner doesn't count for number 4, I guess
"Blade Runner", the movie version of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", follows only one component of the original story, and that is covered only partially. There is much more to the book.
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:32 PM   #6
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1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,14,15,17,18,19 - boy I must be a geek

I may have also read 16, but can't rember that particular title from the Dick stories I read. Have to go out and read the others now.

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Old 11-20-2005, 12:28 AM   #7
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I guess I'm less of a geek... 1,2,6,7,8,15. But that's enough to make me stranger than the average bear (as Yogi Bear might say!)
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:26 AM   #8
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2, 3, 11, 17

Stu, shame on you! Where the geek ends, the nerd begins, right?
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1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Great! Read them all. Actually, this was what got me started on ebooks. I wanted to know what people were talking about (there was a time when a lot of quotes, names and anectodes my friends made were being told from this book). And since I wanted it in the original language (english), I did some googling and found my first pirated copy of a book real quick.
That was so impressive that I have not purchased another pBook for myself ever since.

Another "topX" list ... I like 'em
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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Hmmm... this geekette has read #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 15. I *think* I read #20, but can't remember now. I own a copy of #14, but never got around to reading it.

I find myself agreeing whole-heartedly with a number of the comments. My first reaction is "what happened to Ender's Game, Left Hand of Darkness, Hal Clement and Octavia Butler?"
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I'm not sure... I generally don't remember title so much as covers and contents. This is annoying when people repackage books... but I'm guessing I have not read "Watchmen" (#12) and Illuminatus (#19). The rest I'm petty sure I've read. Some, admittedly, pretty much at gunpoint, in the sense of "it's that or watch TV".
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:26 AM   #12
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I read 15 so I must be a geek. But ... I don't like Buffy ... so I can't be a geek !! I'm confused now.
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:45 AM   #13
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I know I've read at least 12 on the list; possibly a couple more. I love Watchmen and just got the very expensive Absolute Edition hardcover (now I can retire my first edition trade paperback I've had for a couple of decades).
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:00 AM   #14
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I read 15 so I must be a geek. But ... I don't like Buffy ... so I can't be a geek !! I'm confused now.
I had also read 15 of them but I think Buffy is the best TV series ever made...
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I've read 14 of them. Guess I'm a geek too !
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