The Otissito Review

Older Science Fiction I Need to Read

In the past few weeks I’ve begun to realize I am lacking very much in my exposure to classic science fiction from days of yore. There are a handful of classic books I’ve read in the genre, but to be honest, I’m missing some of the big hitters of past decades. I think I need to compile a list of the best classic science fiction from the 60s, 70s, and 80s so I can add a few to my reading rotation. Seeing how books from that era were written will probably open me up to new things in the books I’m reading now because today’s books are often influenced by the ones from before.

Here is a list of the few classic science fiction books I have read:

There might have been a few more in past years that I don’t remember reading off the top of my head, but if there are, then I should probably read them again at this point. However, I can think of a longer list of classic science fiction I haven’t read:

I’ve also never read anything by Philip K. Dick or Arthur C. Clarke, which is a terrible admission to make given the circumstances. I’m guessing there are probably several other classic science fiction authors I still need to read, which is why I want to ask anyone reading this if they have some suggestions. I’ll take links to lists of books, Wikipedia pages for specific authors, or just a list of your own favorite classic science fiction books left here in the comments. Help me fix this terrible gap in my reading experience.

An unabashed fan of science fiction and fantasy books, television, and movies, he wants desperately to someday finish writing a complete novel from start to finish. Working as a web developer by trade, he owns a mighty collection of Star Wars legos, and is willing to talk about sports more than most are comfortable indulging.


  1. Johnna

    April 4, 2014 - 8:29 am

    You need an Ursula LeGuin SF. _Left Hand of Darkness_ is the most lauded, and I love it, but as I love utopia/dystopia I might recommend _The Dispossessed_ to you.

    _Canticle for Leibovitz_ is worth checking out. It’s a book of three parts but the first part is the best. Nuclear war dystopian futures of the 70s can’t compete with Christian Cantrell, but for classics, especially for readers with any familiarity with what it’s like to be religious, _Canticle_ is don’t-miss.

    You might enjoy _Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ more than _Stranger in a Strange Land_ for Heinlein.

  2. Johnna

    April 4, 2014 - 8:30 am


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