Saturday, December 08, 2018

Five classic novels about when technology betrays us

Ezekiel Boone is the internationally bestselling author of The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day. His latest novel is The Mansion.

At CrimeReads he tagged five top thrillers about when technology betrays us, including:
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Atwood takes a hard look at genetic engineering, asking about the morality—and the dangers—of messing with what it means to be human a decade before CRISPR technology made those questions no longer hypothetical. It’s the first book in a trilogy, but I think it stands on its own. Atwood does what all of the best writers do, which is to wrap these larger questions up in the smaller story of a few characters and their relationships to each other. Creepy as hell at least partially because of how plausible it is that we might end up with something similar to the corporate dystopian future she presents.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Oryx and Crake is among Jeff Somers's six books in which the internet helps destroy the world, Chuck Wendig's five books that prove mankind shouldn’t play with technology, S.J. Watson's six best books, James Dawson’s list of ten ways in which writers have established barriers to love just for the sake of a great story, Torie Bosch's top twelve great pandemic novels, Annalee Newitz's top ten works of fiction that might change the way you look at nature and Liz Jensen's top ten environmental disaster stories.

--Marshal Zeringue