FallenKingdomReads’ list of five must-read science fiction books for fans of The Matrix.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
This dystopian novel is the basis for the classic film Blade Runner, and it explores a world devastated by nuclear war where bounty hunter Rick Deckard must retire six rogue androids.
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
In this novel, human consciousness is digitized and can be transferred between bodies, leading to an interstellar conspiracy that draws the protagonist Takeshi into a thrilling adventure.
Cyber Mage by Saad Hossain
Set in a future Dhaka, Bangladesh, this novel follows mercenary Djibrel and cyber mage Murzak as they discover a new type of AI that could change everything.
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
This novel explores a virtual reality game that becomes all too real for protagonist Simon as he uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that could change humanity forever.
The Beholder by Ivan Amberlake
In this novel, protagonist Jason discovers that he is the only one who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world, embarking on a journey with extraordinary powers and falling in love with the beautiful Emily.
I would definitely recommend Neuromancer (Gibson, William) -which The Matrix took many concepts including the “Matrix” name itself – and Snow crash (Stephenson, Neal), a brilliant work, my favorite Cyberpunk novel.
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