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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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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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. We enjoyed Ringworld so much we put it on our list of best science fiction books. Ringworld – a synopsis Ringworld’s central plot sees the permanently bored 200-year-old Louis Wu, the genetically lucky Teela Brown, and two very […]

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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 and put it on our list of must-read science fiction novels. So we’ve decided to pick out some of our favorite quotes from Neuromancer to share them with you. If you think we’ve missed […]

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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. This is a classic soft science fiction novel and made our list of science fiction novels everyone should read.       The Lathe […]

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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, which is why it’s on my list of best science fiction books ever. This is due both to its virtues and […]

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    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 an average TV programme. It’s so good that we’re not the only ones to include it on our list of best science fiction books. This review covers some of its main themes of The Man in the High […]

  • 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 […]