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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Thought-Changing Books

Current mood: contemplative

Re: Have you ever read a book that made you change the way you think about certain things? What was it?

Some books that at least made me stop and think a bit —

Hologram of Liberty by “Boston T. Party”

I read Hologram of Liberty in 1998, and it helped me to realize that the United States Constitution isn’t the be-all and end-all of human liberty, and that America probably would have been better off if the 1787 Philadelphia Convention had ended up sticking to revising the Articles of Confederation instead of junking them.

The Probability Broach and The Nagaski Vector by L. Neil Smith

[DISCLAIMER — I’ve hosted El Neil at two LPNM State Conventions and two Bubonicons, and look to him as a mentor and friend.]

I don’t think that I would have read Hologram of Liberty with an open mind if I hadn’t read these books first in 1996, as they set the stage for HoL. What HoL covered in real-world history, The Probability Broach and The Nagaski Vector covered first in a fictional sense. In fact, Royce cites both of these books in HoL as recommended reading.

Just about everything by David Gerrold, in particular the War Against the Chtorr series. Gerrold has a talent for writing stories that are particularly mind-twisting, such as  The Man Who Folded Himself.

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