I promise I'll arrange this better later. As you can see, my reading
leaned heavily toward classic cyberpunk and its antecedents
AYLETT, STEVE - tales of Beerlight, the mythical (yeah, right) most violent metropolis of Seceded States of America. As they said at the Snipers' Convention, "a sniper is like a genius. It's not enough just to be one; you have to be one *at* something." Funny as hell, and your only hope now that the Post Brothers are gone.
BIERCE, AMBROSE. THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY (Cynical bastard, wasn't he?)
- THE INFLATABLE VOLUNTEER
CHESTERTON, G. K. -- Catholic author of Father Brown mysteries. These
early novels are essentially parables, and they're beautiful even if
you're not Catholic.
- BLADERUNNER (A SCREENPLAY)
- NAKED LUNCH THE JOB (Interviews edited by Daniel Odier who, as
- DELACORTA, wrote "Diva.") CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT
- THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS
- THE WESTERN LANDS
- EXTERMINATOR! (Essay/short story collection)
- NOVA EXPRESS
- THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED
- THE WILD BOYS
- ADDING MACHINE
- THE LAST WORDS OF DUTCH SCHULTZ. Poesie brute
- THE BURROUGHS FILE (Compilation of essays and short stories)
- DEAD CITY RADIO (Spoken word CD, on Island Records)
- SPARE ASS ANNIE AND OTHER TALES (spoken word with musical backing)
- BREAKTHROUGH IN THE GREY ROOM (another CD)
- ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION
- GHOST OF CHANCE
- THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL
- THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY
DELACORTA (Daniel Odier - he also interviewed WSB in THE JOB)
- THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Made into a movie in 1962. One of the
funniest political conspiracy thrillers ever. The movie starred Angela
Lansbury in a pivotal role.
- PRIZZI'S HONOR
DE LAUTREAMONT, COMTE (ISIDORE DUCASSE). LES CHANTS DE MALDOROR and
POEMS. (Violent imagery from turn-of-the-century France. Source of the
saying "Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it." Inspired Tacky
Souvenirs of Prerevolutionary America by Houston's own Culturcide, which
took Top 40 songs from the 1980s and recorded their own lyrics over the
vocal tracks. A laff riot.)
- DIVA. The one made into a movie. An opera fan runs afoul of Chines
mobsters. Serge Gorodich (Gainesbourg?) & teenage Vietnamese girfriend
Alba come to his rescue.
ECO, UMBERTO. Italian semiotician, essayist and author
- FAITH IN FAKES (1984). Includes "Travels in Hyperreality," about a
tour of U.S. cheesy roadside atttractions.
- THE NAME OF THE ROSE. The movie was pretty good, but the book is
better. It just takes longer to get through.
- FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM. A Eurocentric ILLUMINATUS!
- THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE
- UBU ROI. Absurdist play first performed 1896. Macbeth told as one long
Polish joke. The world is run by murderous buffoons. The "Song of the
Disembraining" should be on everyone's lips.
- UBU CUCKOLDED
- UBU ENCHAINED
- LENNON, NIGEY. ALFRED JARRY: THE MAN WITH THE
AXE. Biography. Jarry drank his absinthe straight and had a
remarkable talent for catching fish. Illustrations by Bill "Zippy the
- (about Jarry, et. al.) SHATTUCK, ROGER. THE BANQUET YEARS. The lives
and times of Alfred Jarry, Erik Satie, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Henri
- TALES OF THE CITY
- MORE TALES OF THE CITY
- FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY
- MAYBE THE MOON
- SURE OF YOU
- V. (1956)-- the story of a proto-cyborg
- THE CRYING OF LOT 49 (1964)--the consequences of total paranoia, plus
life in a California aerospace company in the '60s.
- GRAVITY'S RAINBOW--proverbs for paranoids
- VINELAND--Nixon's America returns under Reagan
- SLOW LEARNER (short story collection)
- MASON & DIXON--the blueprints of modern U.S. were drawn in 1765.
and weird, especially the story of Vaucanson's clockwork duck.
- ABOUT THOMAS PYNCHON
- COOPER, PETER L. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: THOMAS PYNCHON AND THE
- GREEN, GREINER & MCAFFERY. THE VINELAND PAPERS
- SLADE, JOSEPH W. THOMAS PYNCHON
- WEISENBURGER, STEPHEN. THE GRAVITY'S RAINBOW COMPANION.
STONE, ROBERT. DOG SOLDIERS. (Vietnam reporter tries to smuggle heroin
into the states. An inspiration for cyberpunk writer William
Gibson. Movie version was "Who Will Stop the Rain?")
- ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION (Thanx, Susan Choi!)
- STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER
- EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES (ok, I saw the movie)
WALLIS, DAVE - ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Pan, UK 1964) Smashing!
- HUCKLEBERRY FINN. I uncover more social satire every time I read it.
- ROUGHING IT. The Mormons were really scary once.
___________. CYBERPUNK READING LIST. WHOLE EARTH REVIEW #64, FALL
ALDISS, BRIAN W. BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD. Life after a war in which everyone
was dosed with LSD.
- THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION (reissued by Re/Search Books)
- HIGH RISE
- CONCRETE ISLAND
- VERMILION SANDS. Episodes in the life of a decadent desert resort set
in the near future.
- LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT (short stories)
- THE WIND FROM NOWHERE
- THE DROWNED WORLD
- TERMINAL BEACH
- HELLO AMERICA
- THE CRYSTAL WORLD
- THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF J.G. BALLARD
- THE UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY
- RE/SEARCH #8/#9: J.G. BALLARD (interviews, essays, short stories)
- THE STARS MY DESTINATION. Social decadence, a quest, and the
Nietzschean superman (or woman) inside all of us
- THE DEMOLISHED MAN. How to commit a murder when the police are
- THE DECEIVERS. Sequel to STARS
- SHOCKWAVE RIDER (1974). Government hoards data to control
citizens. Can the best hacker in the world put a stop to it? The novel
that supposedly inspired Robert T. Morris, Jr. to write the worm that
infected 6000 computers in 1988.
- STAND ON ZANZIBAR. Overpopulation and media saturation
- THE SHEEP LOOK UP. Overpopulation and ecodisaster
DICK, PHILLIP K.
- SYNNERS. A (mostly) benign AI gets loose in a future internet, which
is in a state of permanent collapse.
- MINDPLAYERS. A girl is caught illegally altering her own brain and is
put to work curing others. The cases she treats are downright
disturbing. Has a lot to say about empathy.
DISCH, THOMAS. CAMP CONCENTRATION. Government injects malcontents with
super-syphilis to turn them into doomed geniuses.
- CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOON
- DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? (BLADERUNNER)
- FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID
- THE MAN WHO JAPED
- THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
- A SCANNER, DARKLY
- SOLAR LOTTERY
- THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH
- TIME OUT OF JOINT
- THE UNTELEPORTED MAN
- THE ZAP GUN
- EYE IN THE SKY
- A CRACK IN SPACE
- THE GALACTIC POT-HEALER
- THE WORLD JONES MADE
- THE COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD
- THE MAZE OF DEATH
- OUR FRIENDS FROM FROLIX-8
- RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH
- THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER
- Many, many more!
DUNN,KATHERINE. GEEK LOVE. A couple living near a toxic waste dump
raises a brood of deformed children and start their own carnival
GIBSON, WILLIAM - he's right about the coming Internet secession
EFFINGER, GEORGE ALEC. WHEN GRAVITY FAILS.
- COUNT ZERO
- MONA LISA OVERDRIVE
- BURNING CHROME (Short story collection)
- THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE (with BRUCE STERLING)
- VIRTUAL LIGHT
- ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES
LUNDWALL, SAM J. BERNHARD THE CONQUEROR. Candide in space!
- THE GLASS HAMMER
- DR. ADDER
- MORLOCK NIGHT. The Morlocks get hold of the time machine and invade
- FAREWELL HORIZONTAL
- THE DARK SEEKER. If Timothy Leary had been more like Charles Manson.
- THE CORNELIUS CHRONICLES I, II, & III
- THE LIVES AND TIMES OF JERRY CORNELIUS
- THE GREAT ROCK & ROLL SWINDLE (Virgin, 1977) tabloid-format story featuring the Sex Pistols with Jerry
and related characters. It's in a collection called "Casablanca," as "The Golddiggers of 1977."
- ELRIC AT THE END OF TIME. Will Elric's gloom survive the Dancers' folly?
DANCERS AT THE END OF TIME
- AN ALIEN HEAT
- THE HOLLOW LANDS
- THE END OF ALL SONGS
NOMAD OF THE TIME STREAMS
- WARLORD OF THE AIR
- THE LAND LEVIATHAN
- THE STEEL TSAR
- THE WATCHMEN. Superheroes have to live, too. And we have to live with them.
- V FOR VENDETTA (w/David Lloyd). Anarchist Batman. Lovely.
- FROM HELL. Queen Victoria's doctor did it. Actually the real Sir W. W. Gull was
probably benign and he was the first to diagnose anorexia.
- BIG NUMBERS w/Bill Sienkewicz. Never finished.
- LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Ongoing. A good story, I'm sure,
but I find the artwork offputting.
- THE INVISIBLES (Vertigo, 1994-2000). Worthy successor to ILLUMINATUS!. sorta ripped off by The Matrix.
- FLEX MENTALLO
- THE FILTH
- WHITE LIGHT. math heaven
- HOLLOW EARTH. Further adventures of Edgar Allen Poe
- MASTER OF TIME AND SPACE
- THE SECRET OF LIFE
- THE HACKER AND THE ANTS
- DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART
- SLAM. No sci-fi, but UFO nuts, skate punx set in Galveston, TX.
- ECLIPSE PENUMBRA
- ECLIPSE CORONA
- KAMUS OF KHADIZAR in THE BLACK HOLE OF CARCOSA. Comedy w/guest
appearance by "BOB."
- HEATSEEKER. Collection of short stories. Can't find it anywhere.
- CELLARS (horror)
- IN DARKNESS WAITING (horror)
- THE IRON DREAM. Pulp sci-fi by an alternate-universe Adolf Hitler.
- AGENT OF CHAOS. The Hegemony rules the solar system, while the underground Brotherhood resists violently. Mysterious agents visit a plague on both
- BUG JACK BARRON.
- THE LAST HURRAH OF THE GOLDEN HORDE (short story collection).
- NO DIRECTION HOME (more short stories, incl. THE BIG FLASH).
- HOUSTON '69 (vocals) on East/West album by French prog-rocker Heldon.
- INVOLUTION OCEAN
- ARTIFICAL KID
- ISLANDS IN THE NET
- MIRRORSHADES: CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY (ed)
- CRYSTAL EXPRESS/SCHISMATRIX PLUS (short story collection)
- DIFFERENCE ENGINE (w/Wm Gibson)
- GLOBALHEAD. Short story collection including the lives and times of adventurer and zeitgeist-whore Lech "Leggy" Starlitz. Also, "Storming the
Cosmos," wherein a Soviet-era snitch joins an expedition to Tunguska. Special appearance by Laika (Gav gav!)
- HEAVY WEATHER. Tornado-chasers awaiting The Big One in terminally unlucky (race riots, redneck terrorism) Tulsa.
- HOLY FIRE
- A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED FUTURE
- ZEITGEIST. Starlitz vs. an evil Turk in a world in which postmodern theory is real.
SEMIOTEXT(E) - SF. A collection of bizarre SF. Beyond cyberpunk. Includes
PORT WATSON, a fictitious tourist brochure for a South Seas pirate
colony/anarcho- libertarian paradise located on the real island of
Sonsorol, near Palau.
- THE DIAMOND AGE
- SNOW CRASH
- ZODIAC: AN ECO-THRILLER
- THE BIG U
WILLIAMS, WALTER JON
WILSON, ROBERT ANTON
- VOICE OF THE WHIRLWIND
NEW PATHWAYS IN SCIENCE FICTION. Great magazine of short stories and
articles; published in Philadelphia. Defunct as of 1993, but worth
finding back issues. Matt Howarth, of Those Annoying Post Brothers infamy, illustrated some of them.
- ILLUMINATUS! (Trilogy). A fairy tale for paranoids. Every conspiracy
gets time onstage. A laff riot. Co-written by the late Robert Shea.
- THE ILLUMINATI PAPERS
- MASKS OF THE ILLUMINATI
- COSMIC TRIGGER - FINAL SECRET OF THE
- COSMIC TRIGGER II
- COSMIC TRIGGER III (haven't read this yet)
- THE NEW INQUISITION. Those darned skeptics.
- NATURAL LAW
- PROMETHEUS RISING
- ISHTAR RISING (formerly THE BOOK OF THE BREAST)
- SCHROEDINGER'S CAT (Trilogy) "All is for the best/worst, in this
best/worst of all possible worlds" -- Leibnitz. The same story told six times, in various permutations from worst circumstances to
- THE EARTH WILL SHAKE
- THE WIDOW'S SON
- NATURE AND NATURE'S GOD. Chronicles of a character bumping into the
historical Illuminati (1750-????)
RELIGION (If pranksters, hackers, ontological terrorists, and
scato-teratologists have a religion, it is probably one of these)
THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS
Repent! Slack off! Quit Your Job! and send $1 to PO BOX 140306, DALLAS
TEXAS 75214. PRAISE "BOB" OR KILL ME!! (2000 note: if you're online, you'd
have to lead a sheltered life not to have heard of the Church. Your tastes
- THE BOOK OF THE SUBGENIUS. A mob of Subgenii once torched a
library. If the books therein were not in accordance with the BOTSG, they
were blasphemous. If they did, they were redundant.
- THE BOBAPOCRYPHON. The New Testament, as it were, with new, improved
- ARISE! SUBGENIUS RECRUITMENT FILM #16. Try to find the original
version, because the Polygram version deleted some copyrighted material.
- STARK FIST OF REMOVAL. Online, but a print edition comes out
- THREE-FISTED TALES OF BOB. Fiction. Sure.
- VARIOUS MAGAZINES FOR AND BY SUGENIUSES (See FACTSHEET FIVE).
Kerry Wendell Thornley & Greg Hill. PRINCIPIA DISCORDIA. LOOMPANICS
UNLIMITED. (Worship of Eris, the Greek goddess of discord, who was more or
less responsible for the Trojan war. Founded in the 1960s. Almost as funny
as the CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS. Subgenii and Discordians beat each other
up a lot online, but it's criminal that Thornley ended his days washing
COSMIC SUICIDE by Forrest Jackson & Rodney Perkins (Pentaradial Press,
1997). The Heaven's Gate cult was closer to mainstream belief than many
would care to admit.