These books, stories, and articles have deeply influenced my writing. If I’m still thinking about a book months or years after I’ve read it, then it’s on this list.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
This collection kindled my desire to write fiction.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Devastating story of what it means to live a full life.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The duel nature of our mind and the world.
Death: Yale Lectures by Shelly Kagan
After reading this, I realized that I do not want to live forever.
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
On what it’s like to live between two cultures.
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
How can we be sure that we’re doing good?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy by Cixin Liu
Veldt by Ray Bradbury
Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
Huge sweeping epic encapsulated in a relatively short novel.
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
The concept of a digital hell.