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.

 

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    Ringworld Review, Themes & Analysis

    In this week’s look at a classic science fiction novel we are critiquing Ringworld, by Larry Niven. This is one of many classic science fiction reviews on the site. Ringworld – a synopsis Ringworld’s central plot sees the permanently bored 200-year-old Louis Wu, the genetically lucky Teela Brown, and two very different aliens travel to […]

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    Our Favourite Neuromancer Quotes

    Like any fans of cyberpunk, we love Neuromancer. In fact, we love it so much we wrote a review of it. Neuromancer is written in Gibson’s unique, and beautiful, style. So we’ve decided to pick out some of our favourite quotes from Neuromancer to share them with you. If you think we’ve missed any, please […]

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    Review and Analysis of The Lathe of Heaven

    After recently focussing on The Man in the High Castle, we thought it was appropriate to look at the ideas presented in the Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin.       The Lathe of Heaven – Summary George Orr is a passive fellow with the ability to change reality through his dreams. […]

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    The Forever War – Review and Themes

    If you have more than a passing interest in science fiction you will have come across The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman. It’s one of those classic science fiction novels that people who don’t respect sci-fi say ‘transcends the genre’. It doesn’t. It’s simply a great book that happens to be in the science fiction […]

  • 5 reasons Snow Crash will be the coolest book you ever read

    Snow Crash is an audience splitting work of science fiction. To some a classic, to others it’s poorly written and just plain bad. Snow Crash is one of the best books I’ve ever read. This is due both to its virtues and its flaws and I’m using this post to explain why. If you have […]

  • The Man in the High Castle, Reality and Donald Trump

    The Man in the High Castle was groundbreaking novel by Philip K. Dick long before it was a solid TV programme. Since season 2 of the show is now out on Amazon, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the original work. This review covers some of its main […]

  • Can you tell these books by (part of)their cover?

    Warning: this is not an easy quiz! This quiz will test your memory, your observation skills (sort of) but above all your knowledge of classic science fiction books. Remember to let us know how you did and what you thought of the quiz either on social media or in the comments below. Can you tell […]

  • Inverted World – Book Review

    Inverted World is a trippy classic science fiction novel with a mystery at its core. Written by Christopher Priest, Inverted World takes place in a city that is forced to constantly move along enormous tracks that are taken up behind it and placed down in front of it again. Inverted World is certainly a novel […]

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    The Day of the Triffids: it’s darker than you think

    The Day of the Triffids is often considered a ‘cosy catastrophe’ where people of Britain fret about the end of the world while sitting around and drinking tea. It is, to many, as quaint as a greyhound sleeping by the fire in a country pub.By the end of this article I’m hoping you’ll see just […]

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    Writers of science-fiction novels are, well, writers like writers of other genres. But the very best of them are more than that. They’re also futurists, literary prophets, endowed with a gift for envisioning developments—chiefly, technological—much before they come to pass. What did Johnathon Swift see? In “Gulliver’s Travels,” published in 1726, he wrote of a […]