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Five Technothrillers You’ve Probably Read and Loved

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Credit: The Hunt for Red October. Paramount Pictures. March 2, 1990.

For many, the word technothriller might conjure up images of futuristic worlds and far-fetched technology, but if that sounds too intimidating, hold up. Technothrillers might have their origins in sci-fi, but these days a technothriller isn’t necessarily a hard sci-fi book. A technothriller blends technology (sometimes futuristic, but always realistic) with the mystery, thriller, and espionage genres. The focus is often on exploration and possibility within tech, and the mysteries and crimes found in technothrillers often look at what happens when new technology is exploited or used in nefarious ways. The genre really took off in the mid-to-late 20th century, largely pioneered by authors like Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy. But those aren’t the only authors writing technothrillers. In fact, if you’re a fan of thriller books, you’ve probably already read a few technothrillers without even realizing it. Here are five technothrillers that you might have heard of, plus a few new releases we recommend checking out.