Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot: 12 Titles To Tide Fans Over Until Next Season

The second season of Mr. Robot ended last night with an episode that created more questions than it answered. The delirious show—a critical favorite and recent Emmy victor—has an ultra-engaged fan base, soon to emerge from behind their laptop screens with time and a conspiratorial void to fill. For their sakes, here are 12 smart, well-written titles, both fiction and non-, about Mr. Robot fan-friendly topics like hacking, anarcho-capitalism, and the dark net.

dark-netThe Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld, by Jamie Bartlett

Bartlett doesn’t just tell us about the dark net; he also rips through the cloak of anonymity to let us meet some of its denizens.

by Daniel Suarez

The homicidal computer program in this action-packed, cyber-thrill debut—originally self-published under a pseudonym by software developer Suarez—makes HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey seem as benign as the voice in your car’s GPS.

by David Graeber

Anthropologist Graeber repeats the haunting query, “Surely, one has to pay one’s debts?” He draws upon his discipline to give an overview of the moral basis of economic life and then addresses the origins of money, debt, and credit during the last 5,000 years

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
by Gabriella Coleman

Coleman’s study is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the increasingly visible and powerful world of digital activism.

by Marc D. Giller

In a future society of virtual reality junkies and increasingly sophisticated computer technology, a hammerjack is a savvy superhacker capable of siphoning secrets from the most heavily protected corporate networks. Cray Alden is a former hammerjack turned investigator for a multicorporate entity known as the Collective, and his targets are his former partners in crime.

jennifer-governmentJennifer Government
by Max Barry

In the not-too-distant future, Australia and the UK are part of the U.S., government and law enforcement have become for-profit businesses, and corporate ethics have been reduced to a simple question of economics (more so than now, anyway).

 The Last Time I Died
by Joe Nelms

Christian Franco knows there’s something wrong with his memory. That’s what happens when your dad murdered your mom, and you spend years bouncing around the foster-care system.

 Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

Seventeen-year-old techno-geek “w1n5t0n” (aka Marcus) bypasses the school’s gait-recognition system by placing pebbles in his shoes, chats secretly with friends on his IMParanoid messaging program, and routinely evades school security with his laptop, cell, WifFnder, and ingenuity.

by Ramez Naam

Nexus is a nanotechnology that allows human minds to link up. But rogue scientists are using it to turn ordinary people into killers.

by P.J. Manney

When Peter Bernhardt’s nanotechnology is linked to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, his world is turned upside down, and he is determined to clear his name.

Satin Island
by Tom McCarthy

The narrator, a “corporate anthropologist” known only as “U.,” has been granted free rein to devise a Great Report for his employer, the Company, an influential PR firm led by jet-setting, visionary executive Peynman. The subject of U.’s report is nothing less than the totality of the current era, the trends, behaviors, and cultural markers that define the times.

Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart

Credit Poles display your financial worth as you hurry by, clutching your äppärät, a diabolical gadget that monitors your biochemistry while streaming torrents of acronym-infested babble and rating the sex appeal of everyone in sight.



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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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