These are excellent recommendations, dear Sterling. Very very helpful. You guys always come through.
I tell my phd classmates that when they are stuck for book titles on specific topics, they should come in here and ask you guys. But people feel very very shy about coming in here and talking to you. They think it is a private club, and I guess it is but a welcoming private club.
Thank you for these titles, I will check them all out.
Check out Richard Powers. Galatea 2.2 came immediately to mind, but several of his novels are rooted in science and technology.
Neal Stephenson is thought of as a science fiction writer, but several of his novels are not science fiction at all, e.g., REAMDE or Cryptonomicon , but all are science and technology oriented. (Even The Baroque Cycle , which involves Newton, Leibniz, et al.)
Then there is William Gibson, also thought of as a science fiction writer, but his Blue Ant novels (e.g., Pattern Recognition ) are not science fiction.
And don't forget Thomas Pynchon, especially Gravity's Rainbow and Bleeding Edge .
But my strongest recommendation is Powers.
I recommend these two books.
"Welcome to Lagos" is a new book by Chibundu Onuzo, I liked it very much.
Aravind Adiga's second novel "Last Man in Tower" made quite an impression on me. (I am now re-reading White Tiger to understand how the two books complement one another.)
Now, I have a question for you all: Which books would you recommend to students of "Science, Technology and Literature."
20th century, yes, but also if you can think of a few from contemporary literature, that would be great. Science fiction is OK but realistic fiction that utilizes today's technology is even more amazing. (Tough because those tend to be YA lit, mostly.)
Every time, I asked a question like this, you have always come through with super cool suggestions. I hope that will be the case this time around too.
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" is on my list.
I am also thinking of "Nostalgia" by M.G. Vassanji. Anyone read that book?
Thank you very much, already.