To Understand the Tech Lords, Look to Their Libraries

Science fiction has left an indelible mark on some of the world’s richest people

Author Iain Banks. Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images

Literary types have long been sniffy about science fiction. Ian McEwan, a feted British novelist, has been at pains to distance his most recent book, about an intelligent android, from “sci-fi”, even though the idea is one of the most…