Photo Credit: Science Fiction Museum by Jeremy Keith

Photo Credit: Science Fiction Museum by Jeremy Keith’s Brian S. Hall has put together a list of 7 works of science fiction that have inspired engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to change the world and notes that these great books deserve to be celebrated. Here they are:

Neuromancer, by William Gibson (1984) – “one of the most celebrated works of science fiction ever….gave dystopia a good name”

The Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner (1975) – “one of the most prescient works of speculative fiction ever written”

Stranger In a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (1961) – the protagonist “possesses psychic and teleportation abilities – along with highly provocative views on sex, religion, relationships, and those who control government and religion”

The Fountains Of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke (1979) – this is about “the construction of a space elevator using hyperfilament…NASA is now exploring the feasibility of a limited space elevator”

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (1981) – “high school geeks have never stopped devouring it”

I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov (1950) – “A collection of related short stories, I, Robot not only correctly scouted out much of the present that surrounds us today it inspired geeks to create it.”

Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson (1999) – “inspired readers to explore the opportunities presented by complex maths, coding, cryptography”