A list of books I want to remember to read, further information is written on the linked pages.

Science and rationalism

Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Isaac Asimov, Asimov's New Guide to Science

Richard Dawkins (editor), The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

Randy Olson, Don't Be Such a Scientist


Richard Dawkins

Climbing Mount Improbable
A Devil's Chaplain

Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish

Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

Jared Diamond

The Third Chimpanzee

Carl Zimmer

Dougal Dixon, The New Dinosaurs

Dougal Dixon, After Man

Robert Wright, The Moral Animal

Barkow, Cosmides, and Tooby, The Adapted Mind

Adam Rutherford, Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life


Steven Pinker

The Language Instinct
How the Mind Works
The Better Angels of Our Nature

Daniel Everett, Cognitive Fire

Steve Grand, Creation: Life and how to make it

Steven M. Wise, Drawing the Line

Frances Yates, The Art of Memory

Jonathan Spence, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender

David Eagleman

David Linden, The Accidental Mind

Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan


Carl Sagan

The Demon-haunted World

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Alan Guth, The Inflationary Universe

Julian Barbour, The End of Time

Victor Stenger

Richard Feynman, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

Max Tegmark, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality


Dan Dennett

Elbow Room
Consciousness Explained
Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Freedom Evolves

Douglas Hofstadter, I Am A Strange Loop

Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas

Matt Lawrence, Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the "Matrix" Trilogy

Joel Garreau, Radical Evolution

Peter Singer, Writings on an Ethical Life

Julian Baggini, The Ego Trick

Brian Christian, The Most Human Human

Deborah Blum, The Monkey Wars

Raymond Smullyan, The Tao is Silent


Douglas Rushkoff, Program or be Programmed

Ed Regis, The Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhumanism Condition

K. Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation

Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind

Roger Penrose, Shadows of the Mind


Natalie Haynes, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

Adrienne Mayor

Edmund Snow Carpenter, They Became What They Beheld

David Kyle Johnson, The Myths that Stole Christmas

Stephen Nissenbaum, The Battle for Christmas


For further reading refer to those Recommended on Christopher Hitchens' site,

Christianity and the Bible

The Bible

Bart Ehrman

Lost Christianities

Burton L. Mack

Who Wrote the New Testament?

Richard Elliott Friedman, The Bible with Sources Revealed

Bruce Shelley, Church History in Plain Language

Howard M. Teeple, How Did Christianity Really Begin?

Robert Sheaffer, The Making of the Messiah


Christopher Hitchens (editor), The Portable Atheist

Russell Blackford (editor), 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Dale McGowan, Parenting Beyond Belief

George H. Smith, Atheism: The Case Against God

Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion And Related Subjects

Penn Jillette, God, No!

Religion from the perspective of science

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience


Greg Bear, The Way trilogy

Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio

Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

William Gibson, Count Zero

Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man

Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain

Michael Crichton, Congo

Michael Crichton, Next

H. G. Wells

Cory Doctorow, For The Win

Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Peter F. Hamilton, The Void Trilogy

Greg Egan


Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

Vernor Vinge, True Names and Other Dangers

Vernor Vinge, Marooned in Realtime

Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

Isaac Asimov, The Stars, Like Dust

Isaac Asimov, The Currents of Space

Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity

A. E. van Vogt, The World of Null-A

Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes

Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon

Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Robert A. Heinlein, The Door into Summer

Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2

Stephen Baxter, Moonseed

Stephen Baxter, The Light of Other Days

Various, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Steve Perry, Earth Hive

Walter John Williams, Aristoi

David Zindell, Neverness

Walter M. Walter, Jr, A Canticle for Leibowitz

Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

Larry Niven, Ringworld

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Vorkosigan Saga

Richard Matheson, I Am Legend

Marc Stiegler, David's Sling

Alistair Reynolds, Pushing Ice

Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira

Gordon R. Dickson

Robert L. Forward, Dragon's Egg

Poul Anderson, Tao Zero

Kazua Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Justin Cronin, The Passage

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland

Jose Saramago, Blindness

Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Steven Gould, Jumper and sequels (Reflex, Impulse and Exo)

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem


Raymond E. Feist

Robin Hobb

Ricardo Pinto, The Stone Dance of the Chameleon trilogy

J. R. R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire

Roger Zelazny, The Chronicles of Amber

Anne McCaffrey, The Harper Hall Trilogy

Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun

China Miéville, The City & the City

Katherine Kerr, Daggerspell

Scott Bakker

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

Terry Pratchett, The Science of Discworld

Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

Jo Walton, Among Others

Frank L. Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Crime, Mystery

John le Carré, The Constant Gardener

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Suspense, Thriller and Horror

H. P. Lovecraft

Stephen King, The Shining

Anne Rice, Blood and Gold

Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

Max Brooks, World War Z

Hideo Yamamoto, Homunculus

Tsugumi Ohba, Death Note

Charles Stross, The Atrocity Archives

Social criticism


Charles Dickens, The Adventures of Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Joseph Heller, Something Happened (wrong section? no available information on genre)

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

George Eliot, Middlemarch

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Dale McGowan, Calling Bernadette's Bluff


A Terrible Beauty, Peter Watson

Graphic novels

Hideo Yamamoto, Homunculus

Jeff Loeb, Batman: The Long Halloween

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Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'books that should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet'

Recommended by Eliezer Yudkowsky