A #VintageSciFiMonth Introduction: Should We Read the SF canon?

A few days ago, I had a discussion with my father about SFF and I ended up posting a little thread on Twitter about it. My father has been reading science fiction for decades and he has a particular fondness for older SF books. He loves Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein and Philip K. Dick. He’s a computer science engineer and he’s not afraid of dry and very technical stuff (he sometimes read physics books for fun…). I can’t really say we have the same reading tastes even if we both consider ourselves science fiction fans.

During most of my teenage years, I avoided SF books like the plague and I’m pretty sure it’s because the dusty-looking books on my father’s bookshelves didn’t look that interesting. At the time, I mostly read fantasy books (funny enough, my dad isn’t into this genre at all!) and, even if I attempted to read a few of my father’s books behind his back when I ran out of library books, I always had to put them down because I found them way too dry.

Thanks to my library, I managed to find a few science books that I actually enjoyed and now science fiction is my favorite genre. However, I have never really been intrigued by the “SF canon” that I disregarded as “boring books written by frustrated white old/dead dudes who never managed to go to space”. Nonetheless, now that I consider myself a fan of science fiction, I sometimes ask myself if I should read the classics that I first put aside as “boring stuff”.

I don’t think people should or shouldn’t read the canon of any genre. Not reading Clarke, Heinlein or Asimov is not going to lessen your enjoyment of science fiction. However, I can’t deny that those authors have written books that have influenced the genre and the stories we read now.

However, looking at the books that make the SF canon, I can’t help but to notice that isn’t far off from my initial impression that most of those books were written by “old/dead white dudes”. Of course, some people might say that it is because the publishing industry wasn’t really interested by anything else. To be published, several women had to use pen names like James Tiptree Jr. or Andre Norton. Except from Samuel R. Delany, I can’t say that I know of any other black author that managed to be widely published in the 60’s/70’s. But still, at this point in my life, I don’t really care about the opinions of old straight white men on subjects such as race, gender equality and sexuality. I already hear them way too much in my everyday life.

One solution to this lack of representation would be to expand the canon and give more importance to new voices. Personally, I think Jemisin, Okorafor, Leckie and Yoon Ha Lee are more relevant to the on-going genre conversation than a lot of authors that are part of the canon. Sure, those new authors are likely to have been inspired by them (or by authors that were themselves inspired by it) but you don’t need to read Asimov to understand or enjoy Ancillary Justice.

However, if one decides to read the classics of the genre, who am I to say “no, you should read X instead”? I don’t want anyone to tell me what I can or cannot read so I’m not going to do the same. Still, I think it’s important to read the canon with a critical eye and to put the stories in their context. It’s not because an author or a specific book is famous that it means that it holds all the answers. Reading the canon – in any genre – should be a conversation, a discussion.

So, do I want to read the canon?

Well, yes and no. I have read a few older SF and for the most part, I enjoyed the experience. The Dispossessed was my favorite read of 2020. I, Robot and 1984 are two of my favorite books. I enjoyed 2001: A Space Odyssey quite a bit when I read it last year. However, all those books have imperfections (well, maybe not The Dispossessed #QueenLeGuin) and it’s important to think about them. I have also had not-so good experiences with older titles like Tau Zero by Poul Anderson that I found particularly awful. I’m pretty sure I will always prefer reading newer releases but I still want to keep an open-mind and I am intrigued by several older books.

I want to read Le Guin’s entire backlist, I’m curious about several titles like The Forever War, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Female Man, the Foundation trilogy, Babel-17 and Dune for example. I also want to read books by C.J. Cherryh and Octavia E. Butler. I’m not against reading the classics of the genre, I just think that they shouldn’t be seen as required reading and that they should always be read critically.

What’s your take on the subject?


Vintage Science Fiction Month is a month-long event celebrating science fiction works published/produced before 1979. The event is hosted by the wonderful Andrea from the blog The Little Red Reviewer.

47 thoughts on “A #VintageSciFiMonth Introduction: Should We Read the SF canon?

    1. The thing about Herbert that I love is he assumes you’re paying attention. He’s not a big summary/exposition dump type of writer.

      Which is why I couldn’t make it through the continuations by his son and Kevin J. Anderson. I felt like a lot of real estate was given to characters reflecting on stuff that had happened twenty pages ago instead of following the example that Herbert set.

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    2. They might not be “about” but the opinions of the author are quite visible still. And I’m not interested about – I don’t know, Poul Anderson’s ideas of what a female first officer should look like or why Clarke’s decides that in the future, ships should still have female flight attendants serving whiskey to male astronauts (like in 2001: A Space Odyssey).
      Sure, the books are not about gender equality (or lack thereoff) but some aspects are still very annoying…

      I definitely plan on doing that! I tried reading once on audio but this format didn’t work for me, I’ll have to read it physcally to focus on it better.

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  1. Years ago, I worked with a young woman who told me she was reading through the “classics” and then commented that even though she wasn’t enjoying them, she knew she needed to read them. I asked why she “needed” to and she couldn’t come up with an answer.

    I feel like this same conversation could be used as a springboard here. I think there is some merit in discovering the foundation of the genre or literature as a whole. But if it’s not interesting you or isn’t connecting with you at that moment in your reading life, then move on to something that does. I think what good literature can and should do is connect with the person reading it. So, in my earlier years I may have connected more with a tie-in Dr Who or Star Trek novel more than the “accepted” classics of Dickens. Intellectually, I can probably tell you why Dickens is better written from a literary viewpoint. Emotionally, that Peter David Next Generation novel that tied together the Borg and the Doomsday Machine just thrilled me no end (and still does on some level.)

    (Honestly, I always wanted to publish my own “great work of literature” after reading Lord of the Flies because I found the elaborate theories my AP English teacher had on it and the intention of the writer to be so much hooie. I wanted to write a book and leave a preface after I died that would say, “Yeah, I wrote it to make a buck and I never intended any deep symbolism.”)

    So, I think reading the “classics” is good — if you want to. But I don’t think you should be forced to. And the good thing I’ve found with SF (esp. vintage) is that in the era we’re talking about, short stories were more often the driving force. So, if you want to “get into” the vintage stuff, I tend to point you more toward a good short story collection or two and allow you to dip your toe in that way. If you love a certain author, take a deeper dive. If you don’t love a certain author, at least you gave it a try. (And I’d argue that Asimov and Bradbury were better short story writers than long form writers).

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    1. I definitely agree with your point! My interest in vintage SF is that I want to see how the genre has changed and how older works have inspired what I read today. However, I don’t see myself ever focusing the bulk of my reading on classics because I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t enjoy that very much.
      And reading short fiction is a great idea! If you have recommendation of any good anthologies I would be very interested. 😀

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  2. My goto-list is the SF Masterworks by Gollancz, and I really want to read each and everything there. I just didn’t make it, yet (and won’t for another couple of years). Of course, one doesn’t HAVE to read those. There are perfectly valid novels from this millenium which cover more contemporary topics and include newer technology extrapolations. But I’d never want to live without Le Guin, Dan Simmons, Roger Zelazny, Harlan Ellison, or Joe Haldeman. No, they are (mostly) not from the 1950s or earlier – my time starts around the 1960s. But some of them have so much more interesting narrative styles than is published in our days (with the ever-boring “show, don’t tell” preaches), that my world would be less colourful.

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    1. It’s an interesting project for sure!
      I think it’s also fascinating to see how much the genre has evolved and which ideas are still at the center of science fiction decades. Also, some older books are definitely worth a read because they are great stories like Le Guin’s or Simmons’ (I haven’t read Zelazny, Ellison or Haldeman yet).
      And I agree with the “show, don’t tell”, sometimes a good “tell” suits a particular story way better than a limiting “show”!

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      1. Good storytellers can break any rule if they intended to do so.
        Reading through is list isn’t a project currently, but I hope to come back to it. I only need to calm my nervous Netgalley finger 😁

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    1. Thanks for sharing this post! I think Scalzi makes a lot of good points – especially about the fact that books that are part of the so-called canon don’t have to be read in order to enjoy or understand what’s currently published (and he’s indeed quite snarky 😂). I myself use the term “canon” loosely, there are no official lists of canon books but at the same time, a lot of SF readers understand it as books that were for example (since you mentioned it in your first comment) published again under the Masterworks line.

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  3. I admit, I started my Vintage adventure with the classical canon stuff – Asimov, Heinlein, etc. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and I knew those names because we had their books in the house when I was a kid. That was a place that I started, but it sure wasn’t where I’ve ended (and I’m still on that journey!). I’ve found, and searched for a much wider variety of “classics” over the years – C.L. Moore, Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany, Kate Wilhelm, Judith Merill, Andre Norton . . . and plenty of old dead white guys too, i’m a huge fan of Hal Clement, Frank Herbert, and Asimov’s original I Robot stories.

    Should you read the classics? ehh, if you feel like it? and truly, the “classics” are like anything – 90% of everything is crap.

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    1. It’s my first time hearing about C.L. Moore, Kate Wilhelm, Judith Merill and Hal Clement, I will look at their books!
      I think most SF readers first start with Heinlein, Asimov, etc. because their books are easily available, most libraries have them or you mention, copies of their works tend to lay around in the house.

      I think we share the same opinion, I think reading the classics isn’t a requirement but if a classic SF title sounds interesting to me, I will pick it up. Sometimes I have good surprises, other times, not so much! 😛

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  4. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the canon. It can be nice to dip into those “classics”, if you will, but at the same time, as you point out, a lot of that stuff we’ve moved on from. And the diversity now feels so much more natural. Now having said that, I am a fan of some older SF, having grown up with it, but I think the field is immeasurably better now. For me, science fiction is about the sense of wonder more than anything else. Becky Chambers, for example, is hitting that out of the park for me lately, way more than most of the older SF canon dudes.

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    1. I agree with what you said about the sense of wonder and how diverse science fiction is now. Some classics are classics for a reason and still worth a read but, at the same time, no one has to read them to appreciate what is published now. And I would also recommend much more easily Chambers to someone who wants to try science fiction than Clarke.

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  5. I’ll be contrary here 😉 I do read what I consider SF classics, just as I read literary classics – apart from their inherent internal value they give me much needed context for newer reads. Their views of the gender/race issues are for me a sign of the times they lived in – and they were mostly pretty progressive for their time! I’m more worried about people today who have often much more conservative views on that matter than these guys who were born and raised in the first half of the 20th century and some of them even served in WWII and lived through Cold War and nuclear scare. And honestly, I feel that so much of modern SF borrows heavily from these old white straight dudes and dudettes – even if the new authors are not forthcoming with their inspiration or they don’t realize a topic they write about has already been tackled in a similar vein by others decades earlier. That said, I don’t read all of the old books – certainly not all of them passed the test of time, and among the pulpy multitude there are a good few truly worth reading. I guess that’s why we have the notion of classics 😉

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    1. But I do love reading another opinion, it makes discussions much more interesting! 😀
      I would argue that I am not for or against reading the classics of any genre, it’s always interesting to read them to understand the history of a particular genre and how much it changed (or remained the same!) in decades. However, even if some authors were considered progressive for their time, what was progressive in the 60’s isn’t necesseraly seen as progressive now. I know that those stories are products of their time but still, at least with (most) new releases I read, I am not confronted to racist or mysogynistic ideas (not that sexist/racist books aren’t published today but I encounter them very rarely).

      What are some of your favorite SF classics?

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      1. Hmm, maybe I was luckier in my choices but I can’t really recall a classic I would call racist. Specist, absolutely. Weird ideas about sex – sure, that too, Heinlein is your go-to writer for this, to this day 😉 That said, I am quite picky in my choices and in what I call classics, so there’s that 😉

        Here are a few of my favorite SF classics:
        Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz – my review is here if you’re interested: https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2016/08/27/walter-m-miller-jr-a-canticle-for-leibowitz-1960/
        Zelazny’s Lord of Light. I don’t have a review for this one, but I do love most of Zelazny’s books, both SF and fantasy (he was fond of blurring he lines between them, viewing all through the lens of mythology). You can check out some of my reviews searching by the tag: https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/tag/zelazny/. This Immortal and Roadmarks are brilliant and short, though the definitive SF Zelazny for me will always be Lord of Light.
        Herbert’s Dune, certainly. No review for it as of yet, but I’m in the middle of a re-read so maybe there will be one 😉
        le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness – again, no review as of yet 😉 Her Hainish Cycle is definitely worth a read, too. I’ve got a review of some of her stories here: https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2017/08/09/ursula-le-guin-the-found-and-the-lost-2016/.
        Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, even if not on par with the above is still very much worth a read – https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2016/09/20/daniel-keyes-flowers-for-algernon-1966/.
        Haldeman’s The Forever War – again, this one aged a bit, but still works brilliantly as a metaphor of unending wars, and it’s amazing how it’s still relevant, especially for the dominant American culture/worldviews.
        Heinlein’s Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Heinlein is a hit-and-miss, and he can be tiresome, but Moon is for me a brilliant example of near SF focused on societal changes and an example of a wonderful AI characterisation. His Starship Troopers are a perfect anthropological read for me – a quintessence of many American ideas and views that are still very much alive.
        Last but not least, Stanislaw Lem. He’s underappreciated in the West, where only Solaris is reasonably well-known, but I absolutely love his books. I made two introductory posts about him here: https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2015/10/15/stanislaw-lem-1921-2006-part-1/ and https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2015/10/21/stanislaw-lem-1921-2006-part-2/.
        I’m not a fan of Asimov, I must say 😉 I feel his Foundation aged significantly, and not in a good way. As for Bradbury, I do love some of his short stories (I’m currently reading an omnibus edition), but surprisingly, the ones I love the most are not SF at all 😉

        Wow, that got long. Maybe we should make a post out of it at Re-E :D. All in all, I’m just making my own classics list as I go through the oldies 😉 I still have Clarke to read, and Tepper and Tiptree, and Delany, so I suspect my list will only grow! 😀

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      2. To be more specific, I don’t I have ever read an outright racist SF classic but I’ve read classics from other genres that definitely fits this description. Most of the SF classics I have read don’t tend to have any characters of color in them so, I find this a bit offensive in itself. 😅
        Thank you so much for the detailed list, and yes it would be a great post idea!! 😀
        I loved the Dispossessed last year and I finished The Left Hand of Darkness a few days ago. I didn’t love it as much as The Dispossessed but it’s still brilliant and I know see Ancillary Justice in a different light because it’s clearly in conversation with this book!
        A lot of books that you mentioned here were on my radar (though I didn’t know about Lem’s other books since Solaris is indeed the only book of his that I ever heard about!). I’m hesitant to pick up Flowers for Algernon because I saw the movie years ago and just thinking about it breaks my heart. Maybe one day I’ll manage to read this book but I’m not ready yet… 😅

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      3. Yeah, those upright white men as main protagonists are quite tiring, I agree! 🤣

        Exactly! The amount of conversation between these old books and new is sometimes surprising. I read Scalzi’s essay, but he forgot to mention there that his Old Man’s War was quite strongly influenced by both Heinlein and Haldeman. The same goes for example for The Expanse series by the writing tandem of Abraham and Franck – many of their ideas are in direct relationship with Heinlein’s. And on, and on, and on… 😉

        Yeah, Flowers for Algernon are truly heartbreaking. Especially because the narrative is from FPP and its changes just gut you. I don’t think I’d be up for a re-read anytime soon 😉 And BTW, it influenced a lot of writers, Ted Chiang among them 😉

        Yes, Lem is not very well known. Some of the accoutrements of his vision of future got really old (the cigarettes! or the computer tapes ;)) but his observations on human nature and human cognitive abilities, the chance of understanding alien life and the possibility of human-AI relationship are still absolutely spot on.

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  6. I love your thoughts on this! I think this question comes up for a lot of readers. I can see the value in reading them from a more academic approach to sci-fi. But if you read it for pure enjoyment, I don’t think anyone should feel pressured! After all, aren’t we reading the classics of tomorrow? 🙂
    I also think when it comes to any classic book, it helps to understand why it has been deemed as significant, other than just being a best seller 100 years ago.

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    1. “aren’t we reading the classics of tomorrow?” I love the way you put it! And it’s absolutely true! 😉

      Yep I agree, it can definitely be interesting to learn more about a genre by reading the classics but I don’t think that it is a must to enjoy said genre. I want to read certain classics because they have influenced some of my favorite authors or because they sound very interesting to me personally but I don’t read them to become “a better” science fiction reader. 🙂

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  7. I think you summed up my feelings beautifully: ‘you don’t need to read Asimov to understand or enjoy Ancillary Justice’

    It’s sadly the case that I no longer expect to enjoy the classics. Consequently, I pretty much have to force myself to tackle classics by old/dead white dudes and treat reading them as an academic exercise – which means I only do it when I have the brainspace to engage on that basis. I’ve got plenty on my shelf and it’s a delight when they DO surprise me into enjoying myself, so I do intend to keep reading them… but I won’t preach to anyone that they ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’. Dip in iif you feel like, dive deep if you enjoy it – but if you don’t? Stick to modern authors. Yes, they may be influenced by – or even ‘in conversation with’ – the classics, but they can be enjoyed on their own terms. Just don’t make the mistake of claiming ‘nobody has ever written anything like this before’ – vs ‘I’ve never read anything like this before’ 😀

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    1. I completely agree with what you said. 😀
      I am not against reading classics, even if they are written by old/dead white dudes but I tend to be wary of them and sometimes for good reasons (I’m looking at you Tau Zero, ugh). However, sometimes I have good surprises, I wasn’t expecting to like The Martian Chronicles or 2001 and I did!

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  8. Since I started reading SF some fifty years ago (yes, I’m THAT old! LOL), I read many of those “classic” titles, and back then I enjoyed them as well, but I know that if I were to revisit them, a good number would not meet my current tastes: even not taking into account racial and gender issues, it’s quite possible to find the prose outdated, or bloated, or both. Such was my experience when a few years ago I tried to re-read Asimov’s Foundation series, that seemed to move forward like a sloth….
    That said, the phrase “required reading” does sound a little like a school assignment rather than a fun read, so my advice would be to try some of those titles and see how you react to them: a few (like Dune) stood the passing of time quite well, others… well, not so much, so that the fun part of reading would not be part of the equation… 🙂

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    1. True, I forgot to mention the writing but it’s true that some books didn’t age well and are almost unreadable now!
      And yes, I don’t think anyone should consider a set of books as required reading (outside of an academic context). I want to read some older books because they sound interesting not because I feel like I *need* to! I really need to read Dune, I read the first half 2 years ago and I liked it but I was listening to the audiobook so I ended up missing a lot of information because my mind tend to wander while listening to long audiobooks. I need to give it another try but this time I will read a print copy!

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  9. I like The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964, edited by Robert Silverburg.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141860.The_Science_Fiction_Hall_of_Fame_Volume_One_1929_1964?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=GqWdQddDnG&rank=1

    That one is short stories. There are three other volumes (one is novellas I believe and one is Nebula winners). I’ve found copies of those in my used bookstores for affordable prices.

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  10. I really enjoyed reading your post and all the comments. I think it’s a great idea to have these kind of discussions. You have got me thinking about what makes a book “a classic” or “canon”. Who decides on these lists? “Old, straight, white dudes,” probably. 😉 I would love to see some new lists put together by fellow bloggers. Maybe we can inspire each other to try an old classic that really worked for us. Or offer a list of more recent “great reads”? Dare we make our own lists of “Modern Classics”? Why not 🙂

    I started out reading fantasy and then horror. I got into science fiction a bit later. I’m trying to remember a specific book that pulled me into the genre. I have a strong memory of reading Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” followed by “Rendezvous With Rama.” These books led to a phase of reading as much Clarke as I could find in my local library. Although I recall not finding any more stories by him that impressed me as much as those first two. But that could’ve been my local library’s selection…

    Two books that really blew my mind early on were “Dune” and “Neuromancer.” I’ve since re-read them 2-3 times and got more out of them each time. I also second the recommendations of “Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing” and “A Canticle for Leibowitz.” I could go on, but I’ll stop now. Thanks again, Maryam. I’m looking forward to reading your future “list” of old/new “classics” of the genre.

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    1. It’s really interesting to read everyone’s comments yes! It’s my first time posting a discussion post and I want to write more now! 😀
      That’s a great idea, it would be amazing to see everyone’s favorite classics and modern classics! I have added several books to my TBR already just by reading the comments. 😀
      I read 2001: A Space Odyssey last year and I enjoyed it quite a bit, I was expecting Clarke’s writing to be super dry but the book was engaging and even funny at times. I was 99% I wasn’t going to like it but it was a very good surprise and it makes me want to read some of his other works. Childhood’s End and Rendez-vous with Rama are both on my radar.
      I really need to finally finish Dune, I still can’t believe I haven’t finished it when I was enjoying it so much, hopefully I’ll get to it before the end of the year! 🙂
      Thanks for all the recommendations, they are duly noted!! 😉

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      1. I read 2001 a long time ago and don’t remember too much about it 😅 But I get what you mean about his writing being “dry”. I haven’t re-read Rama but I did re-read Childhood’s End a few years back and it didn’t impress me as much as I remembered. I guess that can’t be helped. We are different readers when we are teenagers 😀 So when you find a book that holds up or improves when you re-read it, then you know it must be good; for you, anyway. I’ve enjoyed Dune more each time I’ve read it. There’s just so much in it. But it doesn’t mean that everyone will like it 😎

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  11. I felt really torn on this subject last year. I’d planned to read all the Hugo Award winners as an academic exercise, to give myself a grounding in the history of SFF. But 2020 made me question giving any more space and time to those ‘straight white dudes’. So what if I don’t understand where an idea originated, as long as I enjoy what I’m reading now?
    I enjoy Vintage SciFi Month a lot and have read some great stuff for it, as well as some awful stuff. I want to dig out more of the unusual and lesser known books in future.

    But I am here for books that show me new ways of looking at the world. And I don’t feel much canon stuff can do that.

    Finally, I love Jake’s comment that we’re reading the classics of tomorrow. 😃❤

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    1. I had the same project idea years ago when I first discovered the Hugo awards. For some reasons (probably because I didn’t know much about SF and it looked like the easy way to find good books to read) I thought that I reading the winners would allow me to know what were the “best SF book” published each year. However, even if I usually enjoy reading the Hugo winners, there are often not the books that I consider the best myself (like A Memory Called Empire, it’s very good but I wouldn’t call it the best SF novel of 2019).
      This award is after all, a popularity context. It doesn’t mean that what’s popular is necesseraly bad but, decades ago, the people who voted for the Hugos were mostly straight white dude and, they voted for stories that were written by people like them.
      I’m certain more than a few of the older past winners are quite good but yeah, they don’t tend to be books that actually interest me a lot.
      And yep, I agree with you, I am also more inclined to read lesser known titles that were forgotten than the books that “you should read to be a true SF fan”.

      Yes, Jake put it perfectly!! 😀

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  12. Nice post! Just my two cents: I read the SF canon because I really enjoy it, and I enjoy contemporary SF more for having read how the field has developed over the decades. The 50’s were a pretty innovative time in SF, but the most interesting stuff – to me anyway – wasn’t by the biggest names like Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov. Katherine MacLean, C.L. (Catherine) Moore, Judith Merrill, Robert Sheckley, Theodore Sturgeon, William Tenn, are all much more interesting. Also, The Forever War is an incredible, subtle, moving antiwar novel, absolutely worth reading.

    I’m sure many commenters here are familiar with Joachim Boaz’s blog on vintage SF. If you’re curious about older works that are not by Asimov, etc., his list of reviews by ratings is a great place to start browsing:

    https://sciencefictionruminations.com/science-fiction-book-reviews-by-author/sci-fi-book-review-index-by-rating/

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    1. Thank you!
      Except for Theodore Sturgeon, I don’t know any of the authors you mentioned but I will look into their works! 😀
      The Forever War sounds fantastic, I have been meaning to read it for years because I have heard amazing things about it and it inspired the work of some of my favorite authors like Kameron Hurley.

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