Inspired in part by all lists everywhere here are the top 5 books that shifted my perspective on the world, on reality, on the self:
- Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon
Spanning over billions of years of cosmological evolution and delving Godlike into the very heart of existence, Star Maker reads like a spiritual rollercoaster ride through all the beautiful realities fiction has to offer. And yet 70 years after its publication this science fiction masterpiece remains largely forgotten.
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
A utopia consumed in happiness, intimate with pleasure yet devoid of the conflicts that make us truly human. The 'savage' protagonist John is symbolic of everything their society lacks; a tragedy they will never recognise.
- Hyperspace - Michio Kaku
Take Hawking's 'Brief History of Time'. Add a wealth of personality, a dash of futurism and heaps and heaps of imagination. Kaku's genius illustrates relativity theory, space-time and the extra dimensions of the universe with childlike wonder. Everything you 'know' about reality will fall away like a cocoon from the cosmic butterfly.
- Strawdogs - John Gray
In this concise and mesmerizing book Gray not only manages to dissolve your faith in humanity, but to rebuild it anew from fresh, yet primeval perspectives. Gray deconstructs humanism and in doing so offers the reader a chance to see themselves for what they really are - a beast of evolution; a bundle of self organising cells; a single entity trapped in the web of the natural order.... True liberation...
- The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick
Dick was bound to come up, blessed as he was with the ability to peer through the cracks in the doors of perception. Palmer Eldritch is all - God; Fear; The Great Unknown. He is the creator and destroyer of innumerable worlds. Through him we find the truth, through his greatest illusions we glimpse a reflection of ourselves - trapped in infinity with absolute terror as our only companion.