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.

 

  • 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 Interesting 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 […]

  • Neuromancer review

    The 36 Science Fiction Books You Must Read

    Science fiction is a genre that covers a great variety of novels. From the mind-bending weirdness of Philip K Dick’s work to space operas like Dune. I’ve created this list for those who want to read some great science fiction and want some suggestions for their next book. It includes novels from a number of […]

  • Flowers for Algernon Review, Summary and Analysis

    Flowers for Algernon Summary & Analysis

    Flowers for Algernon is a classic science fiction novel as poignant today as it was on its release. Flowers for Algernon is an elegantly beautiful book that almost defies analysis. This is one of many reviews of classic science fiction novels we have in the sci-fi book section of the site and is on our […]