The fiction that inspired engineers

Posted in: Opinion, Teaching

Authors: David Stacey and Thomas Rogers -

We recently asked academic staff and researchers in the Faculty of Engineering & Design what books they might recommend for aspiring architecture and engineering students. We had a really great response and it was difficult to form a shortlist for the website. Here are some fiction titles that kept being mentioned and would be great reads for a rainy day:

  • Andy Weir (2014) The Martian
  • Arthur C. Clarke (1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Carl Sagan (1985) Contact
  • Dmitry Glukhovsky (2002) Metro 2033
  • Douglas Adams (1981) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Douglas Adams (1987) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • Douglas Adams (1988) The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • Frank Herbert (1965) Dune
  • HG Wells (1896) The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • HG Wells (1897) The Invisible Man
  • HG Wells (1898) The Time Machine
  • HG Wells (1901) The First Men in the Moon
  • HG Wells (1908) The War of the Worlds
  • Isaac Asimov (1950) I, Robot
  • Joe Haldeman (1974) The Forever War
  • John Wyndham (1951) The Day of the Triffids
  • John Wyndham (1955) The Chrysalids
  • Jules Verne (1871) Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  • Jules Verne (1872) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Philip K. Dick (1968) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Richard Matheson (1954) I Am Legend
  • Robert A. Heinlein (1959) Starship Troopers
  • Robert A. Heinlein (1994) Time Enough for Love
  • William Gibson (1984) Neuromancer

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