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14Fiction Books Related to VR


The following list of early Cyberpunk and other VR related books was collected from posts to Sci.virtual-worlds and CompuServe's CyberForum. I cannot vouch that they are all truely VR related. The list was collected circa 1993. There was an explosion of VR related stories after this. [NOTE: add ISBN or links to Amazon or equiv. A title search of Amzon.com on “Virtual Reality” turned up approx 200 books!]

Piers Anthony's "Killobyte."
Stephen Barnes- Street-Lethal, Gorgan's Child
Greg Bear - Blood Music
David Brin - Earth
John Brunner - Shockwave Rider, The Sheep Look Up, Jagged Orbit
William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch, Nova Express, The Ticket that Expoloded
Pat Cadigan - Mindplayers, Synners, etc.
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game
Samuel Delany Nova
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said The Game-Players of Titan Ubik VALIS The Divine Invasion The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
William Gibson - Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light
Stanislav Lem - The Cyberiad : Fables for the Cybernetic Age, (and others)
Mark Leyner - My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist
Larua Mixon - Glass Houses
Tom Maddox: Halo
Larry Niven's Known Space series of books - really enjoyable stuff.
Marge Piercy, "He, She and It"
Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow, V, The Crying of Lot 49, Vineland
Kim Stanley Robinson The Gold Coast
Frank Robinson - The Dark Beyond the Stars
Rudy Rucker - Wetware, Software
Lucius Shepard - Life During Wartime
John Shirley -The Eclipse triology, Freezone
Bruce Sterling - Islands in the Net, The Artificial Kid, Globalhead, Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Amy Thompson - Virtual Girl
James Tiptree, Jr. - The Girl who was Plugged In
Vernor Vinge - True Names and Other Dangers, A Fire Upon the Deep
Walter John Williams - Hard-Wired, Voice of the Whirlwind
David Wingrove - Chung-Kuo (series)
Zelaney & Saberhaven - Coils

"Simulations - 15 tales of virtual reality", edited by Karie Jacobson, Citadel Twilight Press. ISBN 0-8065-1406-X
includes: The Crying of Lot 49
1. "The Veldt" (1950) by Ray Bradbury
2. "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" (1976) by John Varley
3. "Walking the Moons" (1990) by Jonathan Letham
4. "Virtual Reality" (1993) by Michael Kandel
5. "Dogfight" (1985) by Michael Swanwick and Willian Gibson
6. "The Shining Dream Road Out" (1993) by M. Shayne Bell
7. "The Total Perspective Vortex" (1980) by Douglas Adams
8. "Plug-in Yosemite" (1985) by Marc Laidlaw
9. "This Life and Later Ones" (1987) by George Zebrowski
10. "Steelcollar Worker" (1992) by Vonda McIntyre
11. "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" (1980) by Philip K. Dick
12. "From Here to Eternitape" (1992) by Daniel Pearlman
13. "Pretty Boy Crossover" (1986) by Pat Cadigan
14. "A Guide to Virtual Death" (1992) by J.G. Ballard
15. "The Happy Man" (1963) by Gerald Page
16. Bibliography of VR in fiction


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