Recent discussion of APEX, more than any other card, has caused me to reflect on the cultural underpinnings of ANR. Not only is the game mechanically excellent, its theme and the way FFG has built on it are also compelling for a scifi nerd. I wanted to share the list of books with which I find ANR particularly resonant, and hopefully hear from the community as well. Hoping to keep it spoiler- and kulturkampf-free.
Without further ado:
Tad Williams, Otherland saga
PK Dick, Do Androids Dream… and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (just to name a couple)
Stephenson, Snow Crash and, more obliquely, The Diamond Age
William Gibson, most of his work
Clarke, 2001, the nine billion names of God, others
Iain Banks, Culture novels but in particular Excession
Harrison, The Stainless Steel Rat
Asimov, Robot novels
Reynolds, Century Rain
Ellison, I Have No Mouth…
This list is by no means complete, but rather represents a sample of narratives that spring to mind when playing and reading about Netrunner. What’s on your list?