Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Top ten novels featuring the internet or computers

In his new novel, Roadside Crosses, bestselling author Jeffery Deaver says "cyberbullying, social networking and blogging lead to a series of horrific crimes."

For the Guardian, Deaver named his top ten novels featuring the internet or computers.

One novel on his list:
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

The authors who brought us cyberpunk (the concept and the term itself) penned a computer thriller with indeed a difference: It takes place in 19th-century London. The device in question operates on steam, and the plot is driven by missing punch cards. Figuring prominently in the story are the real-life mathematician and philosopher Charles Babbage and Lord Byron's daughter, Ada, who was in fact the world's first computer programmer.
Read about another novel on Deaver's list.

--Marshal Zeringue