I’d like to thank Iain M. Banks for the “Culture” series because it is the best utopia I’ve ever contemplated.
I’d like to thank Cixin Liu for the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy because it gave me a totally new perspective on a wide variety of topics.
I’d like to thank Ann Leckie for the “Imperial Radch” trilogy because it portraits the most empathetic AI imaginable.
I’d like to thank Daniel Suarez for the “Daemon” series because it juxtaposes utopia and dystopia so perfectly.
I’d like to thank Dennis E. Taylor for the “Bobiverse” series because it’s hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time, like all good comedy.
I’d like to thank Neal Stephenson for “Snow Crash” because it blurs the line between reality and virtuality so convincingly.
These books extended my mind immensely. They help me think about a different and better tomorrow. They also let me escape into amazing new worlds and take a break from reality now and then.