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Here I recommend novels that involve a network or cyberspace of some kind. These books give interesting projections of what the net might look like in years to come. Each entry is linked to the page at Amazon.com where you can order the book online.
Neuromancer
I first read Neuromancer by William Gibson in 1993, about ten years after it was published. It consumed my mind for a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. This book coined the term "cyberspace," which in Neuromancer is a 3D information space into which you can "jack in." This book will give perspective to anyone who is working on the web or networks today.
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William Gibson
Neal Stephenson
David Brin
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Novels by William Gibson

Neuromancer
William Gibson
The imagery that fills this book, and the constant flipping back and forth between reality and cyberspace, caught my imagination by surprise. I don't remember how I heard about this book, but I remember I couldn't stop reading it until it was finished. I believe this was the first science fiction novel to really deal with the coming rise of the network. I'd recommend it to just about anyone, but especially to anyone who is working with the web and modern day networks.

I was so taken with Neuromancer, that I read just about everything else by William Gibson. These books all have a futuristic network theme running through them. If you've read Neuromancer and liked it, you might like these as well:

Novels by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson
I read this novel on a trip to Mexico City, and loved it. It is very hacker-oriented, and involves a 3D network called "The Metaverse". If you haven't read any of the books listed on this page, I'd recommend Neuromancer and this book.

The Diamond Age
Neal Stephenson
This book, which Stephenson wrote after Snow Crash, looks at how nanotechnology might ultimately affect our lives. It also looks at issues about raising and educating children. Although the story itelf is a bit far-fetched in places, I enjoyed how it stimulated my own thinking about what nanotechnology could mean and about education. It was fun to read.

Cryptomonimicon
Neal Stephenson
I haven't read this book, Neal Stephenson's latest, but will be reading it this winter.

A Novel by David Brin

Earth
David Brin
I was sitting in the audience at one of the early JavaOne conferences, listening to John Gage speak, and he started bringing up novels that imagine the network. He mentioned Neuromancer, and then said that "they" (the sci fi readers at Sun?) imagined that the real network would not be quite so dark as it is portrayed in Neuromancer, but more like the positive means of communication portrayed in Earth, by David Brin. I had never heard of the book or the author, but I scribbled them down and later, read the book. The book itself was relatively fun to read, and the alternative perspective of the net was interesting. I'd recommend this one to anyone who has read Neuromancer and Snow Crash, to get a third opinion on the future of the net.

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