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This page started from the "Reading list for hackers" thread on the discuss mailing list.

The The Library Pattern mentions making bookshelves. This page is about filling them with interesting titles. You may also want to scan some books.

Check out Dead_Tree_Lovers' catalog of their massive hacker library (over 1000 titles!), that they also bring to EU events in physical form.

Technical / Infosec[edit]


Hacker theory and activism[edit]

Main page: Theory, also see HackingResearch.

  1. McKenzie Wark - Hacker Manifesto
  2. (various authors) - Technological Sovereignty (Vol I and II) (link, also translated to several languages)
  3. Telekommunisten - The Telekommunist Manifesto
  4. Gabriella Coleman's research on hacker culture


  1. Henry David Thoreau - Walden (1854)
  2. Donna Harraway - A cyborg manifesto (1985)
  3. Situationist International (1950-1970s), see great McKenzie Wark book
  4. Yippies
  5. Constant Nieuwenhuys - New Babylon (Situationst, anticapitalist, fully-automated, free cities)

Novels / Science Fiction[edit]

first-person hackers[edit]

  • Daniel Suarez - Daemon (2006) & Freedom (2010)
  • Cory Doctorow - Walkaway (2017)
  • Spufford, Francis - Red Plenty (2010)
  • anthology(various authors) - Stealing the Network: The Complete Series (2009)

no first-person hackers / don't mention hackers / unsure[edit]

  1. Bruce Sterling - Maneki Neko
  2. Kim Stanley Robinson - Mars Trilogy (90s)
  3. Robert A. Heinlein - Stranger in the strange land (1961)
  4. John Gribbin - In Search of Schrödinger's Cat (1984)
  5. Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps? (1968)
  6. David Mitchell - The Cloud Atlas (2004)
  7. Hubert Selby Jr - The Willow Tree (1998)
  8. Frank Schätzing - The Swarm (2004)


  1. Daniel Quinn: Beyond Civilization, http://www.davidsheen.com/b/
  2. Guy McPhearson http://guymcpherson.com/
  3. Deric Janssen http://www.derrickjensen.org/
  4. Naomi Oreskes: The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future,
  5. Ursula K. LeGuin: The Dispossessed
  6. Heather Marsh: Binding Chaos,
  7. Fredy Perlman: "Against His-Story, Against Leviathan", http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/perlman-fredy/1977/revolutionary-leaders/index.htm the whole book, chapter by chapter
  8. Karl Falkvinge, Swarmwise

Further Reading (more lists!)[edit]

New & Unsorted[edit]

  1. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/how-to-make-a-complete-map-of-every-thought-you-think.html
  2. Bruce Sterling / Maneki Neko

Also see...[edit]