San Francisco has a rich and varied literary history. Dashiell Hammett defined the detective genre with his noir novels set in the city, while Mark Twain worked as a correspondent for thre San Francisco Examiner.


  • A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
  • Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  • Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
  • Bone by Fae Ng
  • Bridge Trilogy by William Gibson
    • Virtual Light
    • Idoru
    • All Tomorrow's Parties
  • Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion by Richard Kadrey
  • The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy
  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  • Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  • The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth
  • Heartlight by Marion Zimmer bradley
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Love Aaj Kal by Imtiaz Ali
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • Martin Eden by Jack London
  • McTeague by Frank Norris
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
  • Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
  • Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  • San Francisco by Amy Hempel
  • SoMa by Kemble Scott
  • Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  • The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan
  • Valencia by Michelle Tea
  • You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

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  • The Uncanny X-Men
  • Teen Titans
  • Daredevil and Black Widow (1970s)
  • The Invisibles
  • All Over Coffee by Paul Madonna
  • Everything Is It's Own Reward by Paul Madonna


  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
  • Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit
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