Reading List

D.J. Swatski

Here is a partial reading list from the past few years, and a list of memorable books I read earlier. To the extent possible, I tried to reflect the edition that I read.


Excession, Iain M. Banks, 1996


Killing Floor, Lee Child, 1997 (the first Jack Reacher novel)

Grunt (The Curious Science of Humans at War), Mary Roach, 2016

Use of Weapons, Ian M. Banks, 1990

Player of Games, Ian M. Banks, 1988


Consider Phlebas, Ian M. Banks, 1987

Luna - New Moon, Ian McDonald, 2015


The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin, 2000 (first published in 1969)

Angel Stations, Gary Gibson, 2013 (first published in 2004)

The Martian, Andy Weir, 2014 (first in 2011)


Insurgent, Veronica Roth, 2012

Divergent, Veronica Roth, 2011

Persuader, A Jack Reacher Novel, Lee Child, 2010


VN, The First Machine Dynasty, Madeline Ashby, 2012

Screen-Writing Tricks of the Trade, William Froug, 1992-1993

The Second Ship / Book One / The Rho Agenda, Richard Phillips, 2012

Krone Ascending, J. Craig Wheeler, 2012

The Krone Experiment, J. Craig Wheeler, 1986

War & Space, Recent Combat, Rich Horton & Sean Wallace, 2012

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5), Hugh Howey, 2012

Smashing Wordpress, Thord Daniel Hedengren, 3rd edition, 2012

Blogging for Dummies, Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley, 2012

Pitch Perfect, Erica Sadun and Steven Sande, 2012

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins, 2010

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins, 2009

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, 2008

Fallen Dragon, Peter F. Hamilton, 2010

Celephaïs, H.P. Lovecraft, November 1920

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carre, 1974

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christe, 1940

A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, 2003


Crisis!, James Gunn, 1986

Memento Mori, Shariann Lewitt, 1995

Epitaphs, The Journal of the New England Horror Writers, Edited by Tracy L. Carbone, 2011

The Art of War, Sunzi 6th cent. B.C.

Gifts, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain, Barbara Strauch, 2010

Containment, Christian Cantrell, 2010

The Case for Mars, Robert Zubrin with Richard Wagner, 1997

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm, 1812

The Fall of Hyperion, by Dan Simmons, 1995

Dracula, Bram Stoker, 1897

Hyperion, Dan Simmons, 1989

A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge, 2002

A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge, 1999

Across Realtime, Vernor Vinge

    The Peace War, 1984

    Marooned in Realtime, 1986


The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke, 2000

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick, 1968

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel, Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, 2001

The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2010

The Temporal Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2009

The Dreaming Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2007

Anvil of Stars, Greg Bear, 1992

Judas Unchained, Peter F. Hamilton, 2007

Pandora’s Star, Peter F. Hamilton, 2004

The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century,

        Edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenburg, 2001

Old Man’s War, John Scalzi, 2005

The Black Swan (The Impact of the HIGHLY IMPROBABLE), Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2007

An Alien Light, Nancy Kress, 1988


Seeker, Jack McDevitt, 2005

The Uplift War, David Brin, 1975

Muse of Fire, Dan Simmons, 2007

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, 2006

Ringworld Engineers, Larry Niven, 1980

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown, 2009

Ringworld, Larry Niven, 1970

Tranquillity Alternative, Allen Steele, 1996

Calculating God, Robert J. Sawyer, 2000

Lunar Descent, Allen Steele, 1991

Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson, 1993

The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon, 2005

Time’s Eye, Stephen Baxter/Arthur C. Clarke, 2005

Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds, 2000

Look to Windward, Iain M. Banks, 2000

Arctic Event, Robert Ludlum, 2008


Building Harlequin’s Moon, Larry Niven/Brenda Cooper, 2005

The Forever War, Joe Haldeman, 2003

Ender in Exile, Orson Scott Card, 2008

Foundation, Isaac Asimov, 1979

Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov, 1952

Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov, 1953


Footfall, Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle, 1985

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, 2002

Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott, 2005

Neuromancer, William Gibson, 1984

Project Orion (The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship), George Dyson, 2002

Wingless Flight (Lifting Body Story), 1997, R. Dale; Lister, Darlene Reed, 1997

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, 20xx

Solaris, Stanislaw Lem, 2002

Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson, 2000

The End of Eternity, Isaac Asimov, 1955

i,Robot, Isaac Asimov, 1977

Dune, Frank Herbert, 1965

Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert, 1975

Children of Dune, Frank Herbert, 1976

The White Plague, Frank Herbert, 1983

2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke, 1987

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke, 1954

Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke, 1973

The Hammer of God, Arthur C. Clarke, 1994

The Songs of Distant Earth, Arthur C. Clarke, 1987

High Frontier, Gerard K. O’Neill, 1982

Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry Into Human Knowledge Structures

    (Artificial Intelligence), Roger C. Schank/Robert P. Abelson, 1977

Perspectives on Cognitive Science, Donald A. Norman, editor, 1981

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, 1952

Blind Man’s Bluff (The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage),

    Sherry Sontag/Christopher Drew, 1998

Perelandra, C.S. Lewis, 1944

Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis, 1996

War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells, 2005

A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burrough, 19xx

The Gods of Mars, Edgar Rice Burrough, 19xx

The Warlord of Mars, Edgar Rice Burrough, 19xx

Thuvia, Maid of Mars, Edgar Rice Burrough, 19xx

The Chessmen of Mars, Edgar Rice Burrough, 19xx