The Rise of Ransom City, by Felix GilmanRead about another entry on the list.
A companion volume to The Half-Made World, Ransom City is the autobiography of Harry Ransom, a huckster and inventor who makes a brief appearance in that novel. This is Ransom’s autobiography, following him from his humble beginnings, to his invention of the Ransom Process (which can produce light without energy), to his attempts to found a utopian city all his own. Written entirely from Ransom’s perspective (save for the snarky asides from his editor), the book has an amazing voice, and manages to inject some humor involving Harry’s status as the ultimate unreliable narrator.
The Page 69 Test: The Rise of Ransom City.