I've been an avid reader since I was young (reading Lord of the Rings when I was eight) and I've worked at political writing for decades, but now I am venturing into writing fiction, mostly cyberpunk near-future dystopian stuff.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky

I was amazed at how this novel drew me in.  Almost all of it takes place in the Moscow subway system.  It is a post-apocalyptic world and the various metro stations are controlled by different factions of the surviving humans.  The pace is excellent and the atmosphere downright creepy.  


SS-GB - Len Deighton

I am a big fan of Len Deighton, and this one is a departure from his typical stuff.  It is an alternate history, one in which the Germans have won WW2 and now rule over Britain.  The main character is a police detective on a case with dangerous political overtones.  I liked other novels where Germany has won the war, but this was one of the better ones.

Winter by Len Deighton

Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945 (Bernard Samson) - Len Deighton

I love just about everything that Len Deighton wrote, but this was one of his best.  It follows a German family for a fifty year period, starting at the turn of the 20th century.  The two main characters are brothers who follow very different paths.  Excellent storytelling from a master of the spy genre.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Neuromancer was the first cyberpunk novel I read, but my favourite is Snow Crash.  It takes a humourous twist on a cpunk story that I found refreshing, right down to the main character of the story, Hiro Protagonist.  Creative and whimsical, this is not a dark tale like most.  He also creates some unusual characters.  A great story for anyone to read.


Neuromancer - William  Gibson

This was the first cyberpunk novel I ever read, and I fell in love with the genre instantly.  The writing is amazing, starting with the first paragraph and going right to the end.  He took story telling to an entirely new level and created a genre at the same time (sure, there were a few before him, but he wrote the definitive cyberpunk novel).  He has an amazing style.

The Age of Spiritual Machines

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence - Ray Kurzweil

Another brilliant piece of non-fiction, this one looks at where technologies are going and how they are going to change the human condition.  I found myself constantly amazed at the speed of development.

The Third Wave

The Third Wave - Alvin Toffler

The sequel to the non-fiction bestseller Future Shock, this is one of the must-read books for anyone interested in the near future.  He brilliantly explains why people are having such a difficult time adjusting to the hyper-fast improvements and innovations in technology.  It is one of those rare books that I suggest to everyone I meet.