This is by no means an exhaustive list, even of recent reading, for this life-long bookworm.

What I share here are the works which seem to be most influencing my thought in recent years.

For a broader reading list, visit this page on the Peace and Social Concerns website of the Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Note: The image is Nautilus Color Wheel, by Jay Gross.

Faith and Practice

Science and Culture


  • John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Chronicles
    • Volume I: The Forsyte Saga (1906-21)
    • Volume II: A Modern Comedy (1924-1928)
    • Volume III: End of the Chapter (1931-1933, published posthumously)
  • William Gibson, the works
  • Frank Herbert, the works, especially the six original Dune books
    [but not his son Brian, who inherited his daddy’s notes but not his talent]
  • Doris Lessing, the works, especially the Canopus in Argos series
  • David Liss
    • Benjamin Weaver Series
      • A Conspiracy of Paper (2001)
      • A Spectacle of Corruption (2004)
      • The Devil’s Company (2009)
    • The Coffee Trader (2004)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, the works
  • Neal Stephenson
    • The Diamond Age
    • Cryptonomicon
    • The Baroque Cycle: Quicksilver, The Confusion, The System of the World
    • Anathem
    • REAMDE
    • SevenEves
  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the works
    [and kudos to his son Christopher, who inherited his daddy’s notes and knew what to do with them]