Published in 1965, “Dune” takes place on a desert planet and is set more than 20,000 years in the future. There, different factions fight to control the universe’s most important substance “melange,” which can let users see the future and have longer lives. The book sold more than 12 million copies during the lifetime of its author Frank Herbert, according to The New Yorker.
When a Reddit user asked if Winklevoss has read two other science fiction novels, “Cryptonomicon” or “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson, Winklevoss responded he’s checked those off of his list too.
He writes, “Love them both!”
Winklevoss’ appreciation of science fiction books puts him in good company. Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he “was raised by books,” and credits Douglas Adams’ science fiction classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” to changing his life as a young person.
Also a fan of Isaac Asimov, Musk tells The Guardian in 2013 that the “Foundation” series taught him “civilizations move in cycles.”
Reading works of fiction can increase your emotional intelligence and boost your vocabulary and language skills, benefits not lost on billionaire technology magnates like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos .
Gates cites “Catcher in the Rye” as his favorite book of all time, and Bezos draws leadership inspiration from “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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