35 Books Recommended by Eliot Peper


Author (Thriller, Science Fiction, Fiction)

Eliot Peper is the author of Cumulus, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. He’s helped build technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil’s Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. His books have been praised by Popular Science, Businessweek, TechCrunch, io9, and Ars Technica, and he has been a speaker at places like Google, Qualcomm, and Future in Review. (Goodreads)

  1. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Humans today enjoy unprecedented levels of power and an increasingly god-like status. The great epidemics of the past — famine, plague and war — no longer control our lives. We are…


2. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Federal agent Nick Cooper draws on his supernatural ability to eliminate terrorists to hunt down a dangerous man who committed a horrific massacre on Wall Street that left hundreds…


3. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller to read in 2016. On a foggy summer night, eleven people — ten privileged,…


4. Infomocracy by Malka Older

It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The…


5. The Gone-away World by Nick Harkaway

A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humour with a stunning futuristic vision to give us an electrifyingly original version of the ap…


6. Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny

Time is a weapon wielded by the rich, who have excess of it, against the rest, who must trade every breath of it against the promise of another day’s food and shelter. What kind of…


7. All Over the Place by Geraldine Deruiter

Most travel memoirs involve a button-nosed protagonist nursing a broken heart who, rather than tearfully watching The Princess Bride while eating an entire 5-gallon vat of ice crea…


8. Hit Makers by Derek Thompson

“This book picks up where The Tipping Point left off.” — Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE Nothing “goes viral.” I…


9. A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

A Taste of Honey is a new novella in the world of Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps that N. K. Jemisin calls “a love story as painful as it is beautiful and complex…


10. Null States by Malka Older

“Kinetic and gripping” — NPR on Infomocracy Null States continues the Centenal Cycle, the series beginning with Infomocracy • The book The Huffington Post called “one of the greates…


11. Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

AN EXTRAORDINARILY RESONANT AND PROPHETIC COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE SHORT FICTION FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY ERA BY DEBUT AUTHOR ALEXANDER WEINSTEIN Children of the New World introduces re…


12. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls “Michel Faber’s second masterpiece,” The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his…


13. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize | Named One of the Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly,…


14. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9! Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pha…


15. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century. As the sea levels rose, every street became a…


16. Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to contr…


17. Oranges by John McPhee

A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information th…


18. The Thief by Claire North

The Gameshouse is an unusual institution. Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost through games of chess, backgammon — every game under the sun.<…


19. Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection Together with a crew of other miners and cart-pullers, Hillalum is recruited to climb the Tower of Babylon and unearth what lies beyo…


20. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner ru…


21. Original Mix by Sam Carlyle

It’s 1980 and Original Mix’s founder, Tom Shepperton, is determined to haul his argumentative ska band to the top, without losing his girl, his ethics or his sanity. Meanwhile punk…


22. The Survivors by Nick Farmer

The world has changed. So have the Survivors. When Daniel wakes up from a disease he never knew he had, he finds a nearly empty…


23. A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you’ve ever read before. With A Game of Thr…


24. The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer


25. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who i…


26. Venture Deals by Brad Feld

A full revised edition of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book on startups and entrepreneurship As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in…


27. Nexus by Ramez Naam

Book 1 of the Nexus Trilogy — Continued in Book 2: Crux In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to impr…


28. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

A tale set in a solar system three hundred years in the future follows the experiences of former world designer Swan, who in the wake of an unexpected death, is led into a plot to…


29. Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

In honor of the centenary of the birth of Borges, this collection of his fiction has been gathered into a single volume. “An unparalleled treasury of marvels.” — “Chicago Tribune.”…


30. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Decimated by drought, Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, waiting. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Ve…


31. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Dans le prologue de ce nouveau livre majeur, aussi dense, riche et onctueux qu’un mille-feuille, Nassim Taleb définit le concept d’”antifragilité” en ces termes : “Certains objets…


32. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of King Lear marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution, in a story told at various past and future times from the per…


33. The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

A New York Times Bestseller From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and…


34. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott


‘Upward, yet not Northward.’ How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott’s droll and delightful ‘romance of many dimensions’ explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension on the eve of the new millennium. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers’ imaginations beyond the limits of our ‘respective dimensional prejudices’. In a world where class is determined by how many sides you possess, and women are straight lines, the prospects for enlightenment are boundless, and Abbott’s hypotheses about a fourth and higher dimensions seem startlingly relevant today.

35. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, a new edition of the break-out science fiction debut featuring additional stories and a Q&A with the author. Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories. Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. What happens when calories become currency?



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