5 or So Pieces of Transportation Fiction You Should Read

HG Wells' Things to Come
HG Wells’ Things to Come

“But I like fiction”  you say. Well transportation fiction is a narrow category. Here are some books and stories I liked for which the transportation technologies are important elements.

  1. The Financier, The Titan, and The Stoic – Theodore Dreiser’s Trilogy of Desire
  2. The Roads Must Roll – Robert Heinlein
  3. The Trail of the Hawk – Sinclair Lewis (not Sinclair Lewis’s best, that would be Main Street, Babbitt, or Arrowsmith, but a really nice picture about the changes brought by the then new car)
  4. The Shape of Things to Come – HG Wells (the movie and book)
  5. The Odyssey – some dude named Homer

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3 thoughts on “5 or So Pieces of Transportation Fiction You Should Read

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
    The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (admittedly movement in the 4th dimension rather than the 3 of current transportation devices)
    Iron Gustav – Hans Fallada


  2. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
    Don Quixote (the early modern highway is the setting for much of this book, especially volume 1)
    Aren’t some of the key scenes of Catcher in the Rye on the subway?


  3. The Octopus, by Frank Norris would be a good addition. Railroad monopolies, ranchers, the pursuit of riches, and defense of property and livelihoods.


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