Category: Classic Science Fiction books

Classic science fiction reviews

Stranger Views takes classic science fiction seriously. We write articles devoted to books like Neuromancer, The Stars My Destination and Day of the Triffids. These aren’t just reviews. They are works of literary criticism. We hope these articles either inspire you to read these books or give you a new insight into these works after you have read them.

What makes a book classic science fiction?

For something to be considered classic science fiction it must fulfill one of the following three criteria:

  1. A general census around its place in the pantheon of classic science fiction has been achieved
  2. The book clearly inspired others in science fiction and was clearly vital to the growth of the genre
  3. Becuase we say it is. After all, it’s our site.

 

  • The Best Quotes from Ancillary Justice

    Few novels have made such an immediate impact on the science fiction landscape as Ancillary Justice. Anne Leckie’s debut novel won a host of awards including the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards as well as being named on our list of best science fiction novels ever written! We also reviewed and […]

  • Martians, Go Home by Fredric Brown

    In a break from taking a look at the more serious side of science fiction, today we’re looking at something a little more fun: Martians, Go Home by Fredric Brown. Martians, Go Home Synopsis The story begins with the earth being swarmed by Martians. Aliens have taken many forms in literature; ethereal, otherworldly, advanced beyond […]

  • Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie

    Ancillary Justice is the groundbreaking debut science fiction novel from Anne Leckie. It’s won a host of science fiction awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula and the Arthur C Clarke. It’s already considered one of the best space operas ever written. The novel is narrated by Breq, who is the last remnant of an artificially intelligent […]

  • Ubik By Philip K Dick

    Few novels pull at the strings of reality so elegantly as Ubik. It’s 1992 and the world is full of people with special abilities such as telepaths, precogs and others with powers. ‘Defending’ the ordinary person from these people are prudence organisations, run by people like Glen Runciter and Joe Chip. The novel follows Joe […]

  • Demolished Man Quotes

    The Demolished Man was was the first Hugo Award Winner and, while it hasn’t aged perfectly, it’s still worth a read. The primary themes of the novel are the role of Nietzsche’s Uberman in society and the truth that lies behind the mask of humanity. With that in mind, we picked the quotes from the […]

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Walter M Miller. Released in 1960 to mixed reviews, it is now rightly considered a classic work of science fiction. A Canticle for Leibowitz – Summary A Canticle For Leibowitz opens after a nuclear war has devastated the planet. Human society is undergoing a […]

  • Seven Illuminating Quotes from The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson, is one of the most complex cyberpunk novels you can read. Stephenson delves into theories about pedagogy and artificial intelligence, to name but two. Below are ten quotes from the novel to give us insight into those themes. There are also some of the best science fiction quotes we’ve read. […]

  • the book cover Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep

    Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep – Review & Analysis

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is perhaps Philip K Dick’s most famous work. It’s also one of his darkest. The novel is an examination of human morality, empathy and our perception of what makes us ‘real’ or somehow ‘special’. It’s fair to say that Dick does not believe that humanity scores well in any […]

  • The Demolished Man: Review & Analysis

    The Demolished Man is a psychological thriller noir set in the future policed by mind readers. It was written by Alfred Bester and is perhaps most famous for being the first Hugo Award winner. If you’ve read Bester’s The Stars My Destination and you’re looking for another cyberpunk classic, The Demolished Man is not that […]