Lens of Analysis: The Art of the Long View (Peter Schwartz) – 1991

The essence of this approach is to use Scenario Planning as a lens through which to read science fiction. The novels are thus seen, case by case, as various potential futures that need to be taken into consideration in the planning of one’s personal and professional trajectory. William Gibson’s Neuromancer is often cited – even by Schwartz – as a work that helped individuals grasp the texture of the ICT era that was to unfold after its 1984 publication. Not all science fiction is equally prophetic in this respect but that does not detract from the core value proposition of exploring multiple potential futures. Possibilities that we have not conceptualized are possibilities that we are not prepared to encounter. By reading science fiction, we can mentally journey through potential scenarios that may unfold in the future, granting us greater operational flexibility should our present reality coincide with an author’s envisioned scenario.

 

Categorization Heuristics

[0] = [Chronology by publication date]. [0] takes precedence, except where:

[1] = [A group of novels, regardless of publication date, constitute a series]. [1] takes precedence, except where:

[2] = [A group of novels, written by a single author, are better read together]. [2] takes precedence, except where:

[3] = [A group of novels, written by several authors, are better read together].

 

Reading List

  1. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – 1818
  2. The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe | Read Together
    1. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall (Edgar A. Poe) – 1835
    2. A Descent into the Maelstrom (Edgar A. Poe) – 1841
    3. A Tale of The Ragged Mountains (Edgar A. Poe) – 1844
    4. Some Words with a Mummy (Edgar A. Poe) – 1845
    5. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (Edgar A. Poe) – 1845
    6. Eureka: An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe (Edgar A. Poe) – 1848
  3. Verne Adventures | Read Together
    1. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne) – 1864
    2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne) – 1870
    3. Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne – 1873
  4. Wells and Forster Collide | Read Together
    1. The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) – 1895
    2. The Machine Stops (E.M. Forster) – 1909
  5. War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells) – 1897
  6. Barsoom Trilogy | Series
    1. A Princess of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs) – 1917
    2. The Gods of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs) – 1918
    3. The Warlord of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs) – 1919
  7. Dystopian Delight | Read Together
    1. We (Yevgeny Zamyatin) – 1924
    2. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) – 1932
    3. Animal Farm (George Orwell) – 1945
    4. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell) – 1949
    5. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) – 1953
  8. Lovecraftian Horror | Read Together
    1. The Call of Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft) – 1928
    2. At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft) – 1936
  9. Stapledon and Lewis Collide | Read Together
    1. Last and First Men (Olaf Stapledon) – 1930
    2. Star Maker (Olaf Stapledon) – 1937
    3. The Space Trilogy (C.S. Lewis) – 1938 to 1945
      1. Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis) – 1938
      2. Perelandra (C.S. Lewis) – 1943
      3. That Hideous Strength (C.S. Lewis) – 1945
  10. Who Goes There? (John W. Campbell) – 1938
  11. The Voyage of the Space Beagle (A.E. Van Vogt) – 1950
  12. I, Robot (Isaac Asimov) – 1950
  13. The Best of Sturgeon | Read Together
    1. The Dreaming Jewels (Theodore Sturgeon) – 1950
    2. More Than Human (Theodore Sturgeon) – 1953
    3. The Cosmic Rape (Theodore Sturgeon) – 1958
  14. The Bradbury Double: Chronicled & Illustrated | Read Together
    1. The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury) – 1950
    2. The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury) – 1951
  15. Foundation Trilogy | Series
    1. Foundation (Isaac Asimov) – 1951
    2. Foundation and Empire (Isaac Asimov) – 1952
    3. Second Foundation (Isaac Asimov) – 1953
  16. Wyndham’s –ids | Read Together
    1. The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham) – 1951
    2. The Chrysalids (John Wyndham) – 1955
  17. Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clark) – 1953
  18. I Am Legend (Richard Matheson) – 1954
  19. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester) – 1957
  20. The Time Traders (Andre Norton) – 1958
  21. Heinlein Harmonies | Read Together
    1. Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein) – 1959
    2. Strangers in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein) – 1961
    3. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert Heinlein) – 1966
  22. A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter Miller) – 1960
  23. Solaris (Stanislaw Lem; trans. Bill Johnston) – 1961
  24. The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick) – 1962
  25. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) – 1962
  26. Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) – 1963
  27. Way Station (Clifford D. Simak) – 1963
  28. Greybeard (Brian Aldiss) – 1964
  29. Dune (Frank Herbert) – 1965
  30. Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) – 1966
  31. Delany Delicacies | Read Together
    1. Babel-17 (Samuel R. Delany) – 1966
    2. Empire Star (Samuel R. Delany) – 1966
    3. The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R. Delany) – 1967
    4. Nova (Samuel R. Delany) – 1968
  32. Lord of Light (Roger Zelazny) – 1967
  33. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick) – 1968
  34. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke) – 1968
  35. The Club of Rome Quartet | Read Together
    1. Stand On Zanzibar (John Brunner) – 1968
    2. The Jagged Orbit (John Brunner) – 1969
    3. The Sheep Look Up (John Brunner) – 1972
    4. The Shockwave Rider (John Brunner) – 1975
  36. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut) – 1969
  37. The Ship Who Sang (Anne McCaffrey) – 1969
  38. Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula Le Guin) – 1969
  39. Ubik (Philip K. Dick) – 1969
  40. The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton) – 1969
  41. Tau Zero (Poul Anderson) – 1970
  42. Ringworld (Larry Niven) – 1970
  43. Ballad of Ballard | Read Together
    1. The Atrocity Exhibition (J.G. Ballard) – 1970
    2. Crash (J.G. Ballard) – 1973
    3. Concrete Island (J.G. Ballard) – 1974
    4. High-Rise (J.G. Ballard) – 1975
  44. Steampunk Serenade | Read Together
    1. The Warlord of the Air (Michael Moorcock) – 1971
    2. The Land Leviathan (Michael Moorcock) – 1974
    3. The Steel Tsar (Michael Moorcock) – 1981
    4. The Difference Engine (William Gibson & Bruce Sterling) – 1990
  45. Roadside Picnic (Arkady & Boris Strugatsky) – 1972
  46. Dying Inside (Robert Silverberg) – 1972
  47. Rendezvous With Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) – 1973
  48. The Forever War (Joe Haldeman) – 1974
  49. The Dispossessed (Ursula Le Guin) – 1974
  50. The Mote in God’s Eye (Pournelle & Niven) – 1974
  51. Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany) – 1975
  52. Ender’s Game (Scott Orson Card) –1977
  53. Gateway (Frederik Pohl) – 1977
  54. The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (Stephen King) – 1978
  55. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – 1979
  56. Kindred (Octavia E. Butler) – 1979
  57. Lord Valentine’s Castle (Robert Silverberg) – 1980
  58. The Book of the New Sun | Series
    1. The Shadow of the Torturer (Gene Wolfe) – 1980
    2. The Claw of the Conciliator (Gene Wolfe) – 1981
    3. The Sword of the Lictor (Gene Wolfe) – 1982
    4. The Citadel of the Autarch (Gene Wolfe) – 1983
  59. The Uplift Saga | Series
    1. Sundiver (David Brin) – 1980
    2. Startide Rising (David Brin) – 1983
    3. The Uplift War (David Brin) – 1987
  60. True Names (Vernor Vinge) – 1981
  61. Helliconia Trilogy | Series
    1. Helliconia Spring (Brian Aldiss) – 1982
    2. Helliconia Summer (Brian Aldiss) – 1983
    3. Helliconia Winter (Brian Aldiss) – 1985
  62. The Ware Tetralogy | Series
    1. Software (Rudy Rucker) – 1982
    2. Wetware (Rudy Rucker) – 1988
    3. Freeware (Rudy Rucker) – 1997
    4. Realware (Rudy Rucker) – 2000
  63. Sprawl Trilogy | Series
    1. Neuromancer (William Gibson) – 1984
    2. Count Zero (William Gibson) – 1986
    3. Mona Lisa Overdrive (William Gibson) – 1988
  64. Schismatrix (Bruce Sterling) – 1985
  65. Contact (Carl Sagan) – 1985
  66. Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – 1985
  67. The Postman (David Brin) – 1985
  68. The Way Trilogy | Series
    1. Eon (Greg Bear) – 1985
    2. Eternity (Greg Bear) – 1988
    3. Legacy (Greg Bear) – 1995
  69. Cordelia’s Honor Duology | Series
    1. Shards of Honor (Lois McMaster Bujold) – 1986
    2. Barrayar (Lois McMaster Bujold) – 1991
  70. Welcome to Moonbase (Ben Bova) – 1987
  71. The Culture Series
    1. Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks) – 1987
    2. The Player of Games (Iain M. Banks) – 1988
    3. Use of Weapons (Iain M. Banks) – 1990
  72. Cyteen (C.J. Cherryh) – 1988
  73. Hyperion Cantos | Series
    1. Hyperion (Dan Simmons) – 1989
    2. The Fall of Hyperion (Dan Simmons) – 1990
    3. Endymion (Dan Simmons) – 1995
    4. The Rise of Endymion (Dan Simmons) – 1997
  74. Mars (Ben Bova) – 1992
  75. Doomsday Book (Connie Willis) – 1992
  76. Stephenson’s Metaverse | Series
    1. Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) – 1992
    2. The Diamond Age (Neal Stephenson) – 1995
  77. Zones of Thought | Series
    1. A Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge) – 1992
    2. A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge) – 1999
  78. The Mars Trilogy | Series
    1. Red Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) – 1992
    2. Green Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) – 1994
    3. Blue Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) – 1996
  79. Earthseed Duology | Series
    1. Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler) – 1993
    2. Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler) – 1998
  80. A Tour of Egan | Read Together
    1. Permutation City (Greg Egan) – 1994
    2. Axiomatic (Greg Egan) – 1995
    3. Diaspora (Greg Egan) – 1998
  81. The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell) – 1996
  82. Perdido Street Station (China Mieville) – 2000
  83. Revelation Space Series
    1. Revelation Space (Alastair Reynolds) – 2000
    2. Redemption Ark (Alastair Reynolds) – 2002
    3. Absolution Gap (Alastair Reynolds) – 2003
  84. American Gods (Neil Gaiman) – 2001
  85. Agent Cormac Pentalogy | Series
    1. Prador Moon (Neal Asher) – 2006
    2. Gridlinked (Neal Asher) – 2001
    3. The Line of Polity (Neal Asher) – 2003
    4. Brass Man (Neal Asher) – 2005
    5. Polity Agent (Neal Asher) – 2006
    6. Line War (Neal Asher) – 2008
  86. The Years of Rice and Salt (Kim Stanley Robinson) – 2002
  87. Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy | Series
    1. Altered Carbon (Richard Morgan) – 2002
    2. Broken Angels (Richard Morgan) – 2003
    3. Woken Furies (Richard Morgan) – 2005
  88. Spin Trilogy | Series
    1. Spin State (Chris Moriarty) – 2003
    2. Spin Control (Chris Moriarty) – 2006
    3. Ghost Spin (Chris Moriarty) – 2013
  89. The MaddAddam Trilogy | Series
    1. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) – 2003
    2. The Year of the Flood (Margaret Atwood) – 2009
    3. MaddAddam (Margaret Atwood) – 2013
  90. The Commonwealth Saga | Series
    1. Pandora’s Star (Peter F. Hamilton) – 2004
    2. Judas Unchained (Peter F. Hamilton) – 2005
  91. Old Man’s War Series
    1. Old Man’s War (John Scalzi) – 2005
    2. The Ghost Brigade (John Scalzi) – 2006
    3. The Last Colony (John Scalzi) – 2007
  92. Strands of Stross | Read Together
    1. Accelerando (Charles Stross) – 2005
    2. Glasshouse (Charles Stross) – 2006
  93. Firefall Duology + Transition | Series
    1. Blindsight (Peter Watts) – 2006
    2. The Colonel (Peter Watts) – 2014 (Transition)
    3. Echopraxia ( Peter Watts) – 2014
  94. Rainbows End (Vernor Vinge) – 2006
  95. The Road (Cormac McCarthy) – 2006
  96. World War Z (Max Brooks) – 2006
  97. The Three-Body Problem (Liu Cixin) – 2008
  98. The City and the City (China Mieville) – 2009
  99. The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi) – 2009
  100. The Expanse | Series
    1. Leviathan Wakes (James S.A. Corey) – 2011
    2. Caliban’s War (James S.A. Corey) – 2012
    3. Abbaddon’s Gate (James S.A. Corey) – 2013
    4. Cibola Burn (James S.A. Corey) – 2014
    5. Nemesis Games (James S.A. Corey) – 2015
    6. Babylon’s Ashes (James S.A. Corey) – 2016
    7. Persepolis Rising (James S.A. Corey) – 2017
  101. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) – 2011
  102. The Martian (Andy Weir) – 2011
  103. 2312 (Kim Stanley Robinson) – 2012
  104. Imperial Radch Trilogy | Series
    1. Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie) – 2013
    2. Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie) – 2014
    3. Ancillary Mercy (Ann Leckie) – 2015
  105. Broken Earth Trilogy | Series
    1. The Fifth Season (N.K. Jemisin) – 2015
    2. The Obelisk Gate (N.K. Jemisin) – 2016
    3. The Stone Sky (N.K. Jemisin) – 2017

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