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  • Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
  • Gold Coast, Nelson Demille


“Singularity” or hyper-physics/AI types
  • Tony Daniel’s Superluminal and Metaplanetary (very good)
  • Golden Age series, by John C. Wright. Fantastic
  • Galactic Center series by Gregory Benford
  • Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Glasshouse, by Charles Stross. Great.
  • Altered Carbon, and others, by Richard Morgan–very good.
  • A Fire Upon the Deep, and Across Realtime, by Vernor Vinge
  • Orson Scott Card, Ender books
  • Dan Simmons, Hyperion books
  • Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep
Other great sci-fi
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein; aslo Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe (Claw of the Conciator, etc.)
  • For a Breath I Tarry, great short story by Roger Zelazny.


  • Mists of Everness, by John C. Wright
  • Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw : The First Half of the Book of the New Sun : The Shadow of the Torturer/the Claw of the Conciliator
  • Mary Renault, The King Must Die (and sequel: Bull from the sea)
  • C.S. Lewis
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The King Must Die, and The Bull from the Sea, by Mary Renault (the Theseus legend re-told)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  • A Wrinkle in Time (and sequels) by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Patricia McKillip
  • Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien. Monkeynotes summary

Libertarian Sci-Fi and Fiction

–Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
J. Neil Schulman
L. Neil Smith


–The Gold Coast, by Nelson Demille
–Plum Island, Nelson Demille
–Lion’s Game, Nelson Demille
–Vince Flynn’s thrillers, e.g. Transfer of Power, The Third Option, etc.

FUN but lighter:

Alternate History: Harry Turtledove, The Worldwar series; also, The Guns of the South; and How Few Remain


The following are listed in the order I would recommend reading them, or in order of appropriateness for an introductory text: 1. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. 2. For a New Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard. 3. The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman (Milton’s son). 4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. 5. The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand. These are probably the most important ones. Other good introductory books are: 6. Capitalism and Freedom and Free to Choose by Milton Friedman. 7. The Law by Frederick Bastiat. 8. In Pursuit: of Happiness and Good Government by Charles Murray. 9. Libertarianism in One Lesson, 5th edition (1990) by David Bergland. 10. The Libertarian Alternative, collection of essays edited by Tibor Machan. 11. The Free Market Reader edited by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. 12. Libertarianism by John Hospers (though I have never read this one). 13. The Freedom Philosophy, collection of essays published by the Foundation for Economic Education. How about some excellent libertarian fiction (I already mentioned Atlas Shrugged): 14. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Also We, the Living and Anthem. 15. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein, the grandmaster of science fiction. 16. Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman. For some more sophistocated books, past the introductory level, I would recommend highly these: 17. Anarchy, State and Utopia by Robert Nozick. 18. A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism: Economics, Politics and Ethics, and The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. 19. The Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard. 20. The Market for Liberty by Morris and Linda Tannehill. 21. Freedom and the Law by Bruno Leoni. 22. The Libertarian Idea by Jan Narveson. 23. Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community by Loren Lomasky. 24. Ordering Rights Consistently: Or What We Do and Do Not Have Rights To, by Roger A. Pilon, in 13 Georgia Law Review 1171 (1979). 25. Human Rights and Human Liberties and Individuals and Their Rights by Tibor Machan.

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