My current top ten list of fictional books with transhuman related topics and characters. Some are newer and have become instant favorites while others have been around for more than 10 years and still love to this day. There is a mixture of hard and soft sci-fi.(Hard-lots of techie talk, Soft-non techie talk). So I hope you enjoy my list. If you have an favorites of your own let me know.
1)CONSIDER PHLEBAS CULTURE #1
-I first found this book while getting my degree in molecular biology in university. Strange as it seemed it was
a favorite among my classmates like star trek. We like our sci-fi very close to the way science really works otherwise it just seems ridiculous. The Culture trilogy is definitely hands-down my favorite.
54 reviews give it an avg rating of 4.2 of 5 at amazon
You can buy "Consider Phlebas (Culture)" at Amazon now
2)THE PLAYER OF GAMES CULTURE#2
The second book by Iain M Banks. The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many
great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat
Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and
strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad,
cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so
complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor
117 reviews give it an 4.5 of 5 at amazon
You can buy "The Player of Games (Culture)" at Amazon now
3)THE QUANTUM THIEF
It is the first in a planned trilogy. Just recently came out in 2010. Definitely one
of the most complex sci-fi books I've read in a while. This one you will have to pay lots of attention to. There are so many inventive original ideas it may take you a while to fully grasp the ideas within.
114 reviews on amazon gave it a 3.5?
You can buy "The Quantum Thief" at Amazon now
4)ECLIPSE PHASEThe best sci-fi RPG ever as far as I am concerned
You can buy Eclipse Phaseat Amazon now
The final book in the takeshi kovacs trilogy. The cyberpunk series is still my favorite to date although the Quantum thief trilogy may give it a run for its money
83 reviews on amazon gave it a 4 of 5 stars
You can buy Woken Furies here at Amazon now
Sometime in the mid 21st century an artificial intelligence arises out
of Earth's computer networks. This intelligence scatters the land with
strange structures, causes nine tenths of the population to disappear
and issues three commandments. Flash forward a few centuries, the
missing nine tenths of earth's population were transmitted via wormholes
to star systems up to 3000 light years away, travelling one year back
in the past for every light year travelled. Earth has recovered from the
events of this singularity and is now a sort of central clearing house
for trade and information under a reconstituted United Nations.
92 reviews on amazon gave it a 3.5 of 5 stars
Buy "Singularity Sky" at Amazon now
The second book in this series with the featuring the character Rachel Mansour dives right in the story line and focusing much less on setting the background and assumes you have had experience reading the first volume. It's a little more complex read with multiple story lines which eventually lead back to the main plot. Rachel Mansour is an interesting heroine
Buy "Iron Sunrise" at Amazon now
My favorite (comic book)graphic novel series. The is the first in the series by Warren Ellis who has a futuristic,dark,funny sense of humor in the writing.Essentially its about a journalist similar to hunter thompson all drugged out that has to return to a crazy futuristic city to gain inspiration to finish writing some books he owes to a publisher. He finds his inspiration from a group of halfhuman/half alien transients that want to start a rebellion.
Buy "Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street" at Amazon now
Another great outing from Charles Stross. The censorship wars"during which the Curious Yellow virus devastated the
network of wormhole gates connecting humanity across the cosmos"are
finally over at the start of Hugo-winner Stross's brilliant new novel,
set in the same far-future universe as 2005's Accelerando. Robin
is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories
that are too painful"or too dangerously inconvenient for someone else.
To evade the enemies who don't think his mind wipe was enough, Robin
volunteers to live in the experimental Glasshouse, a former prison for
deranged war criminals that will recreate Earth's "dark ages"
Buy Glasshouse at Amazon now
10)DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM
interesting and sometimes very funny book from an editor at "boing boing" blog. Interesting in that the main location of the story taking place is in the Disney land and that he is being murdered over an amusement park ride.
Avg rating 3.5 of 5 at amazon
Buy "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" at Amazon now
Ok so there is an eleventh entry here, so sue me. Its hard to condense things you love into a top 10 list. I listed an Older book by charles stross that has tons of original ideas about how technology will impact our future. The book gets a little weirder as it goes on. Stross (Singularity Sky) explores humanity's inability to cope
with molecular nanotechnology run amok in this teeming near-future SF
stand-alone. In part one, "Slow Takeoff," "free enterprise broker"
Manfred Macx and his soon-to-be-estranged wife/dominatrix, Pamela, lay
the foundation for the next decade's transhumans. In "Point of
Inflection," Amber, their punky maladjusted teenage daughter, and Sadeq
Khurasani, a Muslim judge, engineer and scholar, try to escape the
social chaos that antiaging treatments have wreaked on Earth by riding a
tin can–sized starship via nanocomputerization to a brown dwarf star
called Hyundai. The Wunch, trade-delegation aliens evolved from uploaded
lobster mentalities, and Macx's grandson, Sirhan, roister through
"Singularity," in which people become cybernetic constructs. Stross's
three-generation experiment in stream-of-artificial-consciousness
impresses, but his flat characters and inchoate rapid-fire explosions of
often muzzily related ideas, theories, opinions and nightmares too
often resemble intellectual pyrotechnics—breathtakingly gaudy but too
brief, leaving connections lost somewhere in outer/inner/cyber space.
119 reviews on amazon gave it a rating of 4.5 of 5
Buy "Accelerando" at Amazon now
Article by J5un for Emerging Tech Trends for Transhumanism